2009 Be Beautiful Be Yourself – Jet Set Fashion Show Kicks-Off At SAKS!


Nearly 300 people turned out for the Be Beautiful Be Yourself – Jet Set Fashion Show Kick Off Party on Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at SAKS Fifth Avenue in the Cherry Creek Shopping Center.

This event kicked off what will be one of Denver’s largest fundraisers in 2009 with Special Guest and honoree Music Icon Quincy Jones, a high-end fashion show orchestrated by Saks Fifth Avenue top models, local sports celebrities, Denver Nuggets Dancers and beautiful models who happen to have Down syndrome.

Ticket sales for the event are going fast – at the Saks kick-off, the organizers announced the Be Beautiful Be Yourself – Jet Set Fashion Show has outgrown its original location and is being moved to the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center.

Guests at the SAKS kick-off party enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres by Epicurean catering and Jet Set Cosmos, while 9NEWS anchor and emcee Cheryl Preheim greeted the crowd and encouraged guests to support the Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s October 10th fundraiser benefiting the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome.

Chase Turner Perry, son of Casey and Brett Perry, is the 2009 ambassador of the Be Beautiful Be Yourself – Jet Set Fashion Show and stole the show on the runway at the event. Other beautiful children with Down syndrome, including Michelle Sie Whitten’s daughter Sophia Kay Whitten, Hanna Atkinson, and Megan Bomgaars walked the runway alongside Saks’ top models.  The evening provided a sneak preview of the October fundraiser and featured the Best of Saks 2009 Fall Fashion.

Notable guests at the event included Norm & Sunny Brownstein, Dick Saunders, Carla Shankle and her daughter Alexandra, Steve & Cindy Farber, Jim & Debbie Lustig, Sharon Magness Blake & Ernie Blake, University of Colorado Denver Chancellor Dr. M. Roy Wilson & his wife Suzanne Arkle Wilson, President and CEO of The Children’s Hospital Jim Shmerling & his wife Debbie,  Arlene Hirschfeld, Bernie Marquez, Cookie & Lester Gold, Ricki & Dave Rest, Jack & Pat McDonnell, Susan & Randy Karsh, Greg Karsh, Casey & Brett Perry, Brandon & Jackie Perry, Rick, Karen and Katja Jacobs, Peter & Bonnie Kudla, Laura Barton, Kate Barton and William Matthews, Shelly Sapkin, Marian and Sharon Rosen, Chris Meza & Brian Jacobson, Edie & Mort Marks, Debbi & Lee Alpert, Dick & Marcia Robinson, Paula Newberry Arnold, Ellen Robinson Schwartz & Mark Schwartz, Lisa & Jonathan Perlmutter, Lynn Monagal, Lisa & Shell Cook, Shereen & Michael Pollak, Sharon Rosen, Robin Chotin, Lu Law, Judy Robins, Kien Arnold, John Bowlen, Jay Mills, Faye & Wayne Gardenswartz, Pat Cortez & Manuel Martinez, Kay Cline and Cynthia Petrus of Saks Fifth Avenue, Penfield & Paulette Tate, City Councilman Charlie Brown and his wife Suzanne, former NFL star Delvin Hughley, Anna and John J. Sie along with their daughter Michelle Sie Whitten, her husband Tom Whitten and their children Sophia and Patrick.

The 2009 Be Beautiful Be Yourself – Jet Set Fashion Show will be held the evening of Saturday, October 10, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Denver, Convention Center.  The fundraiser is an important step towards helping the millions of people worldwide and the over 6,000 people in Colorado with Down syndrome through research, education, medical services, training, advocacy, public awareness and legislative support. Visit www.ColoradoJetSet.com for tickets and more information.

Through the largest private contribution dedicated to people with Down syndrome, the Anna and John J. Sie Foundation took a groundbreaking step last year to significantly enhance the lives of people with Down syndrome by opening the first global institute that will comprehensively address basic research, clinical research and clinical care.  The Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome is a collaboration between the University of Colorado Denver, the University of Colorado Boulder, and The Children’s Hospital.  It is headquartered on the Anschutz Medical Campus. The 2009 Be Beautiful Be Yourself – Jet Set Fashion Show will benefit this new global institute and expects to raise $1 million with 1200 people in attendance.


Debbi and Lee Alpert

Anna and John J. Sie Foundation

Barton Family Foundation

Sharon Magness Blake and Ernie Blake

Dr. David Braddock and Mrs. Laura Braddock

Brett Family Foundation

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

Robin Chotin

Denver Film Society

Dick Tucker/Wayne Gardenswartz

Steve and Cindy Farber

First Western Trust Bank

Mike and Amber Fries

Foundation For Their SAKE

Cookie and Lester Gold

Jules Haimovitz

Ken Perry and Jill Kappel

Susan, Randy and Greg Karsh

Land Title Guarantee Company

Lazarus Investment Partners LLLP

Liberty Global

Bob and Betsy Leighton

Edie and Mort Marks

Jonathan Marsico

Timothy and Bernadette Marquez Foundation

McDonnell Family Foundation

MDC/Richmond American Homes Foundation

Metro Community Provider Network

Metropolitan Homes at the Vallagio

Paul Comstock Partners

Peliton, LLC

Jordon and Essie Perlmutter

Brandon and Jackie Perry

Casey and Brett Perry

Robinson Management –

Edward & Richard Robinson

Sharon Rosen

Janice V. Selix

Starz Entertainment

Sturm Family Foundation, Don and Sue Sturm

The Children’s Hospital

University of Colorado Denver Chancellor’s

Office & The School of Medicine

University of Denver

Rock Springs Investments Inc.

Bill and Leslie Vollbract

Wells Fargo

The Whitten Family

Lisa and Carl Williams




Saks Fifth Avenue

Hyde Park Jewelers

Cherry Creek Shopping Center

Barefoot Wine

Brooks International

Cerén Vodka

Denver Newspaper Agency

Flying Dog Brewery

Faye Gardenswartz Event Coordinator

Jason G Photographer

Jay’s Valet

Karen Rubin Photography

Luna Roasters

Lundwall Communications

Meza Construction Company

Newberry Brothers Greenhouse & Florist

Rotors of the Rockies

XJET World

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