Global Down Syndrome Foundation Inspires Change

Photo Credit: Global Down Syndrome Foundation

Celebrities from all over the nation are gathering once again at the Fifth Annual Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s “Be Yourself Be Beautiful” fashion show to join forces with leading researchers and the Down syndrome community to raise awareness and funds.

Despite being the most frequent chromosomal condition, affecting an estimated 400,000 Americans, Down syndrome is the least-funded genetic condition by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

“As the aunt of a wonderful woman—who happens to have Down syndrome, I am committed to making sure that she and others like her benefit from advancements that will improve their lives,” supermodel and businesswoman Beverly Johnson said in a statement. “As the international spokesperson for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation and its Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show, we are showcasing the amazing abilities of those with the condition while raising needed research funds that bring progress.”

This high-style fashion show and fundraiser will take place this Saturday, September 28 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown in Denver, Colorado.  The reception and silent auction will start at 5 p.m., followed by dinner, live auction, fashion show, and musical performance by Todd Park Mohr of Big Head Todd and the Monsters at 6:30 p.m.

Celebrities expected to attend the star-studded event include Johnson and her niece, Natalie; musical legend Quincy Jones; global ambassador Jamie Foxx and his sister DeOndra Dixon, a self-advocate; former NFL player Eric Dickerson and more. News anchor Kyra Phillips and self-advocate Tim Harris of Tim’s Place Restaurant are expected to receive the Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award for their support of those with disabilities.

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