Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx Support Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s 9th Annual Fashion Show 

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.

Jamie Foxx poses with fan Gertie Munholland
Jamie Foxx walks the red carpet with Kate Winfield and Kate Vecchiet
Eva Longoria and President CEO Michelle Sie Whitten

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 .’

President and CEO Michelle Sie Whitten of Global Down Syndrome Foundation with Quincy Jones
Eva Longoria and DeOndra Dixon
Jamie Foxx, sister DeOndra Dixon and Michele Sie Whitten

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.

Eva Longoria on the red carpet
Amanda Booth and her son Micah
Jacob Gehringer, Amanda Booth and Timothy Mclaurin walk the runway

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.

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