Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show 2009

 Saturday, October 10, 2009
Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO 

Co-Chairs Sponsors Emcee and Celebrity Guests Guest Models Event Committee Press

Special Guests & Honorees:
Music Icon Quincy Jones – Exceptional Advocacy Award Inaugural Honoree
DeOndra Dixon – 2009 Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award Honoree
Chase Turner Perry – Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show 2009 Ambassador

Be Beautiful Be Yourself Jet Set Fashion Show 2009

A Message from the Global Down Syndrome Foundation

This year, 2009, marks the 50th anniversary of identifying the genetic cause of Down syndrome. To celebrate this historic discovery, the Global Down Syndrome Foundation has organized the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Jet Set Fashion Show to raise critical funds and awareness for the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome at the Anschutz Medical Campus. And do we have reason to celebrate! With the invaluable help of our 18 fabulous Co-Chairs led by Anna and John J. Sie and Ricki Perry Rest and David Rest, we are proud to be sold out at over 1,200 seats. Attendees include supporters from the UK, Canada, China, New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., San Diego, Kansas City, Santa Fe, Cincinnati, Miami, Memphis, Salt Lake City, and Phoenix — making the event truly international.

Tonight, we are celebrating 25 Guest Models who are brilliant and beautiful and happen to have developmental disabilities. We are celebrating our caring, generous and talented local celebrities, some of whom will be escorting our Guest Models down the runway — Kim Christiansen, David Duval, Delvin Hughley, 2009 Miss Colorado Katie Layman, John Lynch, Ed McCaffrey, and Billy Van Heusen. We are celebrating the inaugural Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award and we are so honored and thrilled that Music Icon Quincy Jones will be here in person to accept. We are celebrating singer-songwriter Josh Kelley’s exciting performance that will include his newly penned song for his gorgeous baby girl, Naleigh.

We are also celebrating the message we are communicating to the world — It’s Time. People with Down syndrome deserve fundamental human rights and you can help. The most heartfelt thank you to our 2009 Ambassador, Chase Turner Perry, to our Co-Chairs, Honorary Chairs, Honorary Committee, Sponsors, In-Kind Sponsors, Donors, Attendees, Event Committee, and the amazing women at the Anna and John J. Sie Foundation. It truly takes a village and ours is growing by leaps and bounds. We hope that each and every one of you tonight takes something inspirational away from this event and that you will see people with Down syndrome and other development disabilities in a brilliant light.

With much gratitude and affection,
Michelle Sie Whitten
Executive Director, Global Down Syndrome Foundation


Anna & John J. Sie
Ricki Perry Rest & David Rest
Debbi & Lee Alpert
Laura Barton & William Matthews
Robin Chotin
Steve & Cindy Farber
Mike & Amber Fries
Cookie & Lester Gold
Jules Haimovitz
Susan, Randy & Greg Karsh
Peter & Bonnie Kudla
Jack & Pat McDonnell
Jordon & Essie Perlmutter
Brandon & Jackie Perry
Casey & Brett Perry
Ken Perry (in memoriam) & Jill Kappel
Sharon Rosen
Donald & Susan Sturm

Honorary Chairs

Governor Bill Ritter, Jr. & First Lady Jeannie Ritter
Denver Mayor John W. Hickenlooper & Helen Thorpe
Senator Mark Udall & Maggie Fox
Senator Michael Bennet & Susan Daggett
Congressman & Mrs. Mike Coffman
U.S. Representative Diana DeGette
Congressman & Mrs. Doug Lamborn
Congresswoman Betsy Markey
Congressman Ed Perlmutter
Congressman & Mrs. John Salazar

Honorary Committee

Sharon Magness Blake & Ernie Blake
Kay Cline
Pat Cortez & Manuel Martinez
John Elway
Adam Fell
John & Linda Lynch
Ed & Lisa McCaffrey
Chris Meza & Brian Jacobson
Dr. Dean Prina
Suzanne Arkle Wilson & M. Roy Wilson
Michael Young


Cessna Citation Columbus — $50,000
Debbi & Lee Alpert
Anna & John J. Sie Foundation
The Barton Family Foundation
Mike & Amber Fries/Liberty Global
Cookie & Lester Gold
Jules Haimovitz
Metropolitan Homes at the Vallagio
McDonnell Family Foundation
Jordon & Essie Perlmutter
Brandon & Jackie Perry
Ken Perry (in memoriam) & Jill Kappel
Sturm Family Foundation, Don & Sue Sturm

Cessna Citation X — $25,000 (and above)
MDC/Richmond American Homes Foundation
The Whitten Family

Cessna Citation Sovereign — $15,000
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
Randy, Susan & Greg Karsh/The Selix Family
Starz Entertainment
Wells Fargo

Cessna Citation Encore — $10,000
Sharon Magness Blake & Ernie Blake
The Children’s Hospital
The Diane & Charles Gallagher Family Fund at The Denver Foundation
Land Title Guarantee Company
The Law Family
Bob & Betsy Leighton
Lanny & Sharon Martin
Ricki & David Rest
University of Denver
Lisa & Carl Williams

Cessna Mustang — $5,000
Arc Thrift Stores
Pat & Annabel Bowlen
Brett Family Foundation
The Chotin Foundation, Robin Chotin & Steven Chotin
Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities, University of Colorado Systems
The Crazy Merchant, Inc. and the WILMAC Foundation
Denver Art Museum
Denver Film Society
Susan G. Fine Family Foundation
First Western Trust Bank
Foundation For Their SAKE
James Frank
Larry Gold & Hope Morrissett
Frederic C. Hamilton Family Foundation
HC Companies: The Cook, Farber, Lustig, Sapkin Family
Holme Roberts & Owen LLP
Lazarus Investment Partners LLLP
Leventhal Brown and Puga, PC
Connie & Gary Levine, Amy & Justin Land, Whitney Levine
The Macsovits Family
Edie & Mort Marks Family
Timothy & Bernadette Marquez Foundation
Jonathan Marsico
Mile High Down Syndrome Association
Paul Comstock Partners
Peliton, LLC
Casey & Brett Perry
Susan & Eddie Robinson and Marcia & Dick Robinson
Sharon Rosen, Marian Rosen, Sean & Christina
Dr. Deborah Sie & Dr. Justin & Shaela Hoffman
James Sie & Douglas Wood
Susan Sie & Allison Sie
Steele Street Bank & Trust
Dick Tucker (in memoriam)/Wayne Gardenswartz
University of Colorado Denver — Chancellor’s Office and the School of Medicine
Jon & Lindsay Vinnik
World Engineering Exchange

In-Flight Sponsors and Special Thanks

Hyde Park
Saks Fifth Avenue
Three Blind Mice
Cherry Creek Shopping Center
The Denver Post Community
Jay’s Valet
Karen Rubin
Newberry Brothers Greenhouse and Florist
Proximus Tequila
Cerén Vodka
Barefoot Wine
Faye Gardenswartz Event Coordinator
Flying Dog Brewery
Sylvia Atencio
Bolder Events
Brooks International
Monica Cheeks
Denver Broncos
Denver Nuggets Dancers
Denver Options
Design and Image
Event Rents
Kazoo & Company
Jason G Photographer
Jay’s Valet
JCBD Design
Lamar Outdoor Advertising
Lundwall Communications
Courtney Maglione
Chris J. Meza and Brian T. Jacobson
NAAAP Colorado
Tiffany Nichols
Rotors of the Rockies
Ellen Robinson Schwartz
Risa Silverman
Brianne Wilson
Sarah Winters
XJET World

Event Committee

David Aarestad
Chris Anton
Andrea Autobee
Kate Barton
Connie Bechtolt
Emily Brett
Maureen Brooks
Anca Elena Call
Danielle Dascalos
Rick Doyle
Debbie Egner
Mary Lynn Fisk
Regina Fyola
Faye Gardenswartz
Lisza Gulyas
Greg Karsh
Kristen Klein
Stuart Kupfer
Rebecca Lim
Michelle Livingston
Jane Lundwall
Rebecca Macsovits
Courtney Maglione
Joan Marwitz
Ellen Mednick
Jacque Montgomery
Diana Moore
Nina Henderson Moore
Trish Morris
Paula Newberry-Arnold
Casey Perry
Cynthia Petrus
Ellen Robinson Schwartz
Luke Stahmer
Becky Wentworth
Suzanne Arkle Wilson
Michelle & Tom Whitten

Co-Chairs of the Young Professionals Committee

Kien Arnold
John Bowlen

2009 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show Guest Models

Carol Rachel
Ronald Ray

Emcee and Celebrity Guests

Kim Christiansen- Emcee
Tom Arnold
Josh Kelley
David Duval
Delvin Hughley
2009 Miss Colorado Katie Layman
John Lynch
Ed McCaffrey
Billy Van Heusen


2009 – Emilio and Gloria Estefan video tribute to Quincy Jones
2009 Ambassador Chase Turner Perry
Tribute to Chase Turner Perry, 2009 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Ambassador 

Provide in-kind services or products
Each year we rely on hundreds of in-kind sponsors to provide us (1) services and products that we would otherwise have to expense towards the event and (2) services and products for our important silent auction.

If you are interested in providing us such in-kind services or products, please contact us at