Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show 2011

Saturday, October 15, 2011
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
John C. McGinley – 2011 Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award Recipient
Sujeet Desai – 2011 Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award Honoree
DeOndra Dixon – Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show 2011 Ambassador

Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show 2011


Welcome to Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s 2011 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show, a fundraiser for the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome at the Anschutz Medical Campus.

If you have been to our fashion show before you know that the highlight of the evening are the 25 Guest Models who rock the audience as they strut their stuff down the runway. The models happen to have Down syndrome, and represent both our challenges and our hopes.

We were delighted that earlier this year the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show received two prestigious honors – the ICON People’s Choice Award for Best Entertainment Concept and Execution and the ICON Judge’s Award for Best Social Event Produced for a Non-Profit Organization.

Jamie Foxx dances with his sister and 2011 Ambassador DeOndra Dixon at the 2011 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show. Photo by PEOPLE Magazine.

For tonight’s fashion show, keep a special eye out for DeOndra Dixon, our 2011 Ambassador and 2009 Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award Recipient – she has some special moves in store for us! As you can tell, we are proud of our models and proud of our event!

Tonight’s event also provides us an opportunity to celebrate award-winning actor John C. McGinley, and musician Sujeet Desai, recipients of this year’s Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Awards. We are thrilled and honored that Music Icon Quincy Jones, our international spokesman, is here in person to present this award.

Integral to our fashion show are the caring, generous and talented celebrities who escort our Guest Models down the runway – Chauncey Billups, Kim Christiansen, 2011 Miss Colorado Diana Dreman, David Duval, Beverly Johnson, Ed McCaffrey, Peggy Tanous, and Billy Van Heusen. Please help us thank them for all they do to support our cause.

A huge thanks to Jamie Foxx, George Dixon, Annette Dixon, Deidra Dixon, and Anna & John J. Sie, who have led our fabulous Co-Chairs to raise funds that make a real difference for people with Down syndrome.

Since our last fashion show, the Foundation funded the first national poll on how mainstream Americans view people with Down syndrome. The results were happily positive and fly in the face of current funding levels and discriminatory practices.

We co-organized the First National Conference on Down syndrome with the National Institutes of Health in Maryland. We launched and organized ten programs servicing over 2,000 people with Down syndrome, their families and their care-providers. Our program partners include renowned members of the community – Ed McCaffrey, the Broncos Cheerleaders, the Nuggets Cheerleaders, Pure Barre, the Colorado Ballet, the Denver Zoo, Regis University, and the Colorado Rapids.

With the Foundation’s funding, the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome is engaging in critical immune deficiency research, and is now the largest, and I would argue best, provider of medical care for people with Down syndrome in the country.

We have much to be thankful for. The most heartfelt thank you to our 2011 Ambassador, DeOndra Dixon, 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


Anna & John J. Sie
Jamie Foxx
George Dixon
Annette Dixon
Diedra Dixon

Honorary Co-Chairs

Anna & John J. Sie
Jamie Foxx
George Dixon
Annette Dixon
Diedra Dixon
Laura Barton & William Matthews
Sharon Magness Blake & Ernie Blake
Mike & Amber Fries
Jules Haimovitz
Peter & Bonnie Kudla
Bob & Betsy Leighton
Jack & Pat McDonnell
Donald & Susan Sturm
Leslie & Bill Vollbracht
Congressman Pete Sessions
The Honorable Cathy McMorris Rodgers and CDR. Brian Rodgers, USN (Ret.)
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton
Congressman Chris Van Hollen
Secretary Ken Salazar & Hope Salazar
Governor John Hickenlooper
Senator Mark Udall & Maggie Fox
Senator Michael Bennet & Susan Daggett
Congressman Mike Coffman
U.S. Representative Diana Degette
Congressman Cory Gardner
Congressman & Mrs. Doug Lamborn
Congressman Ed Perlmutter
Congressman Scott & Jean Tipton

Honorary Committee
Tom & Ashley Arnold
Chauncey & Piper Billups
Brunello Cucinelli
Susie & David Duval
John Elway
Brook & Brian Griese
Beverly Johnson
Coach George Karl
John & Linda Lynch
Ed & Lisa McCaffrey
Jeff Probst
Billy Van Heusen
Debbi & Lee Alpert
Kimberly Andrew
Craig & Cristy Andrisen
Kay Burke
Tomago Collins
Mark & Kristy Dym
Adam Fell
Cookie Gold
Mike Goode
Susan & Randy Karsh
Jim & Cheli Kellogg
Jaime Rucker King
Ed & Linda McCabe
Dave & Eileen Morton
Brandon & Jackie Perry
Casey & Brett Perry
Dr. Dean Prina
Ricki & Dave Rest
Dana Vollbracht
Alison & Kirby Winfield, Jr.


Haute Couture – $50,000

Laura Barton & William Matthews
Sharon Magness Blake & Ernie Blake
Jules Haimovitz
Peter & Bonnie Kudla
Jack & Pat McDonnell
Anna & John J. Sie Foundation
Donald & Susan Sturm
Leslie & Bill Vollbracht

Couture – $25,000

Mike & Amber Fries
Carol & Larry Mizel
The Whitten Family

In Vogue – $15,000

The Melvin & Elaine Wolf Foundation

Designer – $10,000

Bob & Betsy Leighton
Starz Entertainment, LLC

Trendsetter – $5,000

Tim & Libby Brown Foundation
Alison & Cara, ABC Investments Team with Re/Max Professionals
Arc Thrift Stores
The Macsovits Family
Edie & Mort Marks
The Timothy & Bernadette Marquez Foundation
Mile High Down Syndrome Association
University of Denver
Wells Fargo
Paul & Tracie Tate

In-Kind Sponsors and a Special Thanks To:

Cherry Creek Shopping Center
The Denver Post Community
Epicurean Catering
Hyde Park
Jason G Photographer
Jay’s Valet
Karen Rubin Photography
Lamar Outdoor Advertising
Lundwall Communications
Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizza
NAAAP Colorado
Newberry Brothers Greenhouse and Florist
Three Blind Mice
Andrisen Morton
Brunello Cucinelli

Event Committee
Karen Aarestad
Sylvia Atencio
Marc Burg
Kay Burke
Kate Caruso
Jan Eitel
Cris Goldy
Peter Kudla
Jean Marie Martini
Lori Marks Connors
Ellen Mednick
Lindsay Morton Gaiser
Paula Newberry Arnold
Casey Perry
Cynthia Petrus
Ellen Robinson
John Rodgers
Anna & John J. Sie
Marilyn Spinner
Patti Stricklin
Bill & Lelsi Vollbracht
Ali Van Heusen
Elaine Walshe
Erin Yount
Sandra Zoratti

2011 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show Guest Models

Emcee and Celebrity Guests
Kim Christiansen – Emcee
John C. McGinley
Beverly Johnson
Ed McCaffrey
Chauncey Billups
Conor Casey
David Duval
Jim Kellogg
Billy Van Heusen
2011 Miss Colorado Diana Dreman
Peggy Tanous
Denver Bronco Cheerleaders


2011 Be Beautiful Be Yourself CBS4 News Highlights
2011 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show
PURSE-onality and the 2011 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show – 9News
Tribute to DeOndra Dixon, 2011 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Ambassador 
Entertainment Tonight – DeOndra Dixon and Jamie Foxx for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation


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.

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