Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show 2010

Saturday, October 2, 2010
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
Timothy Shriver – 2010 Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award Honoree
Karen Gaffney – 2010 Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award Honoree
Katherine Vollbracht Winfield – Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show 2010 Ambassador

Be Beautiful Be Yourself 2010


Welcome to Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s 2010 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Jet Set Fashion Show, a fundraiser for the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome at the Anschutz Medical Campus. Since our last fashion show, the Global Down Syndrome Foundation has supported critical and groundbreaking research, launched three service programs, two conferences, and in December of this year we will cohost the first Down syndrome registry and bio-bank summit with the National Institutes of Health. Anna & John J. Sie, Leslie & Bill Vollbracht, Alison & Kirby Winfield, Jr., and Dana Vollbracht, have led our 15 fabulous Co-Chairs this year to help us raise enough funds to make a huge difference for people with Down syndrome.

L to R: Jamie Foxx, Jeff Probst, DeOndra Dixon, Lisa Ann Russel, Piper Billups and Chauncy Billups at the Global Down Syndrome Foundation's 2010 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Jet Set Fashion Show.

Tonight, we are celebrating 26 brilliant and beautiful Guest Models who happen to have a developmental disability. Two of these models are also recipients of the Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award— 2009 award recipient, the irrepressible Ms. DeOndra Dixon, and 2010 award recipient, the inspirational Ms. Karen Gaffney. We are celebrating Timothy P. Shriver, recipient of this year’s Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award and we are honored and thrilled that music icon Quincy Jones is here in person to present this award. We are celebrating our caring, generous and talented celebrities, some of whom will be escorting our Guest Models down the runway — Tom Arnold, Chauncey Billups, Kim Christiansen, David Duval, Eric Hutchinson, Jamie Foxx, Stepfanie Kramer, John Lynch, Ed McCaffrey, Jeff Probst, 2010 Miss Colorado Melaina Shipwash,  and Billy Van Heusen.

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 2010 Ambassador, Katherine Vollbracht Winfield, to our Co-Chairs, Honorary Chairs, Honorary Committee, Sponsors, In-Kind Sponsors, Donors, Attendees, Event Committee, Volunteers, and the amazing staff at the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. It truly takes a village, and ours continues to grow 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 developmental disabilities in a brilliant light.

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

Co-ChairsAnna & John J. Sie
Leslie & Bill Vollbracht
Alison & Kirby Winfield, Jr.
Dana Vollbracht
Laura Barton & William Matthews
Sharon Magness Blake & Ernie Blake
Norm & Sunny Brownstein
Ginny & John Freyer
Mike & Amber Fries
Jules Haimovitz
Peter & Bonnie Kudla
Kalleen & Bob Malone
Jack & Pat McDonnell
Carol & Larry Mizel
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

Kimberly Andrew
Carmelo Anthony & LaLa Vazquez
Tom & Ashley Arnold
Chauncey & Piper Billups
Susie & David Duval
John Elway
Jamie Foxx
Brook & Brian Griese
Quincy Jones
Jaime Rucker King
Stepfanie Kramer
John & Linda Lynch
Ed & Lisa McCaffrey
Jeff Probst
Billy Van Heusen
Michael Young
Debbi & Lee Alpert
Mark & Kristy Dym
Adam Fell
Cookie & Lester Gold
Mike Goode
Susan & Randy Karsh
Pat Cortez & Manuel Martinez
Ed & Linda McCabe
Chris Meza
Jordon & Essie Perlmutter
Casey & Brett Perry
Brandon & Jackie Perry
Dr. Dean Prina
Ricki & Dave Rest
Terry Richey


Cessna Citation Columbus — $50,000

Anna & John J. Sie Foundation
The Barton Family Foundation
Sharon Magness Blake & Ernie Blake
Mike & Amber Fries
Liberty Global
Jules Haimovitz
McDonnell Family Foundation
M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. / Richmond American Homes Foundation
Metropolitan Homes at the Vallagio
Steele Street Bank and Trust and
Land Title Guarantee Company
Sturm Family Foundation, Don & Sue Sturm
Leslie & Bill Vollbracht
Vollbracht Family Foundation, Alison & Kirby Winfield, Jr., Dana Vollbracht

Cessna Citation X — $25,000

The Anschutz Foundation
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
The Whitten Family

Cessna Citation Encore — $10,000

The Children’s Hospital
Diane & Charles Gallagher and Family
Cookie & Lester Gold
Debbie & Larry Hauserman
The Macsovits Family
Ricki & Dave Rest
The Shankle Family
SomaLogic, Inc.
Starz Entertainment
University of Denver
Wells Fargo
Sandy Wolf and Elaine Wolf of The Melvin and Elaine Wolf Foundation

Cessna Mustang — $5,000

Arc Thrift Stores
Alpine Banks of Colorado
Brett Family Foundation
Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities, University of Colorado Systems
Denver Art Museum
Denver Broncos Football Club, Pat & Annabel Bowlen
Denver Film Society
Fentress Architects
First Western Trust Bank
Hutchison Incorporated
Susan & Randy Karsh
Lazarus Investment Partners LLLP
Bob & Betsy Leighton
Marian & James E. Lokey
Edie & Mort Marks Family
Cydney & Tom Marsico
J. Landis and Sharon Martin Family Foundation
Ed & Linda McCabe
Mile High Down Syndrome Association
Paul Comstock Partners
Perky Jerky
Jordon & Essie Perlmutter
Casey & Brett Perry
Roger & Margaret Reisher
Robert C. Wing/World Engineering Exchange
Susan & Eddie Robinson and Ellen & Mark Schwartz
Sherman & Howard L.L.C.
Dr. Deborah Sie & Dr. Justin & Shaela Hoffman
James Sie & Douglas Wood
Susan Sie and Allison Sie
Jeff & Mary Tuten
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
University of Colorado at Boulder
The Weisner Family
Dr. Kirby Winfield, Sr.

In-Flight Sponsors and a Special Thanks9NEWS
Hyde Park
Saks Fifth Avenue
Three Blind Mice
Cherry Creek Shopping Center
The Denver Post Community
Jay’s Valet
Karen Rubin
Del Norte Brewing Co.
Newberry Brothers Greenhouse and Florist
Proximus Tequila
Cerén Vodka
AEG Live
Applejack Wine and Spirits
Argonaut Liquors
Sylvia Atencio
The Blue Jean Bar
Bobbi Brown
Charlie Price/Antoine du Chez
Monica Cheeks
Comedy Works
Courtney Maglione
Denver Lincoln Limousine, Inc.
Denver Nuggets Dancers
Dependable Cleaners
Design Works
Epicurean Catering
CJ Grammer
Aaron Harber
Jason G Photographer
Jay Feder Jewelers
JCBD Design
Lamar Outdoor Advertising
Lundwall Communications
Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizza
NAAAP Colorado
Perky Jerky
Shanahan’s Steakhouse
ShowTek Events

Event Committee

David Aarestad
Sylvia Atencio
Kien Arnold
John Bowlen
Emily Brett
Maureen Brooks
Anca Elena Call
Arpie Chucovich
Danielle Dascalos
Mary Lynn Fisk
Brian Jacobson
Andy Levy
Rebecca Rusk Lim
Michelle Livingston
Jane Lundwall
Rebecca & Mac Macsovits
Courtney Maglione
Joan Marwitz
Maggie McGlade
Ellen Mednick
Jacque Montgomery
Diana Moore
Trish Morris
Steve Neill
Paula Newberry Arnold
Cynthia Petrus
Gayle Ray
Ellen Robinson
Luke Stahmer
Ali & Billy Van Heusen Jr.
Elaine Walshe
Michelle & Tom Whitten
Lana Yoder Dale

2010 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show Guest Models


Emcee and Celebrity Guests

Kim Christiansen, Emcee
Chauncey Billups
Piper Billups
David Duval
Jamie Foxx
Eric Hutchinson
Stepfanie Kramer
Ed McCaffrey
Jeff Probst
Lisa Ann Russell
2010 Miss Colorado Melaina Shipwash
Billy Van Huesen
Denver Nuggets Dancers


2010 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show Ambassador Katherine Vollbracht Winfield
2010 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show Tribute to Tim Shriver
2010 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Jet Set Fashion Show
Tribute to Katherine Vollbracht Winfield, 2010 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Ambassador
Entertainment Tonight – DeOndra Dixon and Jamie Foxx for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation

9News – Famous Connections to Down Syndrome

Click here to read a special message from the Congressional Down Syndrome Caucus

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