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October 08, 2009 - "Be Beautiful, Be Yourself" A Knockout Hit!

What: Jet Set Fashion Show

Where: Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center

When: Saturday, October 10, 2009

Time: VIP party 5 p.m.; dinner, fashion show and program 6:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Sponsorships from $5,000 to $100,000; tickets $500 for VIP premium seats or $250 for individual seats

Beneficiary: Global Down Syndrome Foundation and the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome

Honoree(s): Quincy Jones

Honorary Chairperson(s): Governor Bill Ritter Jr. and First Lady Jeannie Ritter; Denver Mayor John W. Hickenlooper and Helen Thorpe; Senator Mark Udall and Maggie Fox; Senator Michael Bennet and Susan Daggett; Congressman and Mrs. Mike Coffman; U.S. Representative Diana DeGette; Congressman and Mrs. Doug Lamborn; Congresswoman Betsy Markey; Congressman Ed Perlmutter; Congressman and Mrs. John Salazar

Co-Chair(s): Anna and John J. Sie; Ricki Perry Rest and David Rest; Debbi and Lee Alpert; Laura Barton and William Matthews; Robin Chotin; Steve and Cindy Farber; Mike and Amber Fries; Cookie and Lester Gold; Jules Haimovitz; Susan, Randy and Greg Karsh; Peter and Bonnie Kudla; Jack and Pat McDonnell; Essie and Jordon Perlmutter; Brandon and Jackie Perry; Casey and Brett Perry; Ken Perry and Jill Kappel; Sharon Rosen; Donald and Susan Sturm; Co-Chairs of the Young Professionals Committee - Kien Arnold and John Bowlen

Committee Members: Event Committee: David Aarestad, Chris Anton, Andrea Autobee, Connie Bechtolt, , Emily Brett, Maureen Brooks, Anca Elena Call, Danielle Dascalos, Rick Doyle, Mary Lynn Fisk, Regina Fyola, Faye Gardenswartz, Greg Karsh, Stuart Kupfer, Rebecca Lim, Jane Lundwall, Rebecca Macsovits, Courtney Maglione, Joan Marwitz, Ellen Mednick, Jacque Montgomery, Diana Moore, Trish Morris, Paula Newberry, Casey Perry, Cynthia Petrus, Gayle Ray, Ellen Robinson, Luke Stahmer, Becky Wentworth, Michelle and Tom Whitten

Attendance: 1200

Attire: Jet Set/Cocktail

Steering Committee: Honorary Committee: John Elway, Angela Baier, Sharon Magness Blake and Ernie Blake, Kay Cline, Pat Cortez and Manuel Martinez, Adam Fell, John and Linda Lynch, Ed and Lisa McCaffrey, Chris Meza and Brian Jacobson, Dr. Dean Prina, Suzanne Arkle Wilson and M. Roy Wilson, and Michael Young

Blacktie Photos by: Danielle Yuthas

 John J. Sie, Governor Bill RItter, Quincy Jones, Josh Kelley, Mayor John Hickenlooper and Tom Arnold
John J. Sie, Governor Bill RItter, Quincy Jones, Josh Kelley, Mayor John Hickenlooper and Tom Arnold

Approximately 1,200 people turned out for the sold out Jet Set Fashion Show Saturday, October 10th at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center. Children with Down syndrome had the opportunity to model in the Be Beautiful Be Yourself fashion show alongside Saks 5th Avenue models. The fundraiser fashion show benefits Down syndrome research and offers a support system for patients and families of patients dealing with the chromosomal disorder. Proceeds will go to the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome at the Anschutz Medical Campus. The goal of the evening was to raise over $1 million. 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of identifying the genetic cause of down syndrome, an extra copy of the 21st chromosome. The discovery was made by pediatrician, geneticist and scientist Jerome Lejeune. In celebration of this scientific milestone, the Anna and John J. Sie Foundation invited music icon Quincy Jones to be the honoree of the evening.

The Grammy Legend Award recipient is most recognized for his production of the Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album. His long list of other industry contributions include 79 Grammy nominations, 27 Grammy Awards, Oscar nominations and Academy Award nominations. But he has also been widely recognized for his work as a humanitarian. He wrote an award-winning musical score for the closing ceremony of the Special Olympics, he is active Project Q, a Harvard School of Public Health collaboration, he as been working with the Linda Crnic Institue for Down syndrome globally and he raised $63 million for Ethiopian famine relief with his recording of the best-selling single of all time, “We Are The World.” He received the Academy’s Jean Hershold Humanitarian Award and the BET Humanitarian Award. And now, the Jet Set Fashion show has established the Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award “in honor of Quincy’s leadership and life-changing humanitarian work that has helped the disadvantaged, including the developmentally disabled.”

Other celeb sightings at the Jet Set Fashion show included the evening’s musical performer, Josh Kelley, Tom Arnold, Billy Van Heusen, John Lynch, Ed McCaffrey, David Duval, Delvin Hughley and 2009 Miss Colorado, Katie Layman. 

More than 400,000 people in the United States alone have Down syndrome, yet it is among the least-funded genetic conditions by the National Institutes of Health. "I am confident that life-changing discovery for people with Down syndrome is within our grasp scientifically-- but in order to deliver that promise, we need a sea change in advocacy and funding, and we need to attract more talent to the field," said Roger Reeves, PhD, Professor at the Department of Physiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

According to the Anna and John J. Sie Foundation, “Down syndrome is one of the leading causes of cognitive delay in the world—it is not related to race, nationality, religion or socio-economic status.” Because it is considered a cognitive difference, it has historically been overlooked that children with Down syndrome are gifted visual learners and adept readers.

The Linda Crnic Institute for Down syndrome focuses on limiting the ill effects associated with Down syndrome in order to improve the lives of those with the condition. The eponymous institute was named after the late Linda Crnic because of her steadfast dedication through research to Down syndrome patients. The Anna and John J. Sie foundation ‘s commitment of $22 million and their efforts to raise an additional $12 million will ensure the future of research and care provided by the Linda Crnic Institute. The formation of the institute was inspired by Down syndrome patient Sophia Kay Whitten, granddaughter of Anna and John J. Sie. For more information visit:



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