The Global Down Syndrome Foundation held its 9th Annual Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show (BBBY) to raise critical funding to improve the lives of people with Down syndrome while celebrating a milestone year for medical research and advocacy around this least-funded genetic condition.
An impressive roster of A-list celebrities (listed above) traveled to Denver this weekend in support of the fashion show, the single largest fundraiser for Down syndrome research in the country. The evening kicked off with inspiring words by Michelle Sie Whitten and 2017 Fashion Show Chair Peter Kudla.
The night continued with a delectable sit-down dinner, silent and live auctions – including a grand piano signed by entertainment legends Quincy Jones and Jamie Foxx – and the spirited fashion show featuring the supporting celebrities walking alongside beautiful models with Down syndrome who stole the show.
Highlights of the evening include: the presentation of the 2017 Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award to recipients Eva Longoria, presented by Quincy himself, and Madeline Stuart, presented by DeOndra Dixon; Eva Longoria’s tribute to sister with special needs; and the grand finale where all models hit the runway for a final procession to ‘We are the World .’
Proceeds from the evening have reached nearly $3.5 million, including a $1 million gift from The Salah Foundation, adding to the over $14 million already raised in the previous nine fashion shows held by Global Down Syndrome Foundation to fund critical research conducted by the Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome on the Anschutz Medical Campus and Sie Center for Down Syndrome at Children’s Hospital Colorado.
The Global Down Syndrome Foundation is at the forefront of research, medical care, education and advocacy dedicated to significantly improving the lives of people with Down syndrome. Supporting the research of hundreds of scientists around the world, and through our advocates, partners and affiliates including the Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome and the Anna and John J. Sie Center for Down Syndrome, Global is making an impact on the lives of people with Down syndrome today, and remain focused on finding solutions tomorrow. They are committed to helping people with Down syndrome realize their fullest potential and lead healthy and productive lives.
To learn more, visit www.globaldownsyndrome.org.
For more information about the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show visit www.bebeautifulbeyourself.org.