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October 13, 2012 - "Be Beautiful Be Yourself" Continues to Shine

What: Fashion show, plus cocktail reception, dinner, concert, and live and silent auctions

Where: Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel

When: Saturday, October 13, 2012

Time: 5pm: cocktail reception; 6:30pm: dinner program, fashion show, live auction and concert

Ticket Prices: $500 per person

Beneficiary: Global Down Syndrome Foundation, benefiting The Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome.

Honoree(s): Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award winners: Jamie Foxx and Luke Zimmerman

EMCEE: Kim Christiansen, 9News anchor

Gala Chairperson(s): Nancy Sevo

Honorary Chairperson(s): Congressmen Pete Sessions, Chris Van Hollen, Mike Coffman, Cory Gardner, Ed Perlmutter, Jared Polis; Congresswomen Eleanor Holmes Norton, Diana DeGette; Congressman and Mrs. Doug Lamborn; Congressman Scott and Jean Tipton; Sen. Mark Udall and Maggie Fox; Sen. Michael Bennett and Susan Daggett; Gov. John Hickenlooper; The Honorable Cathy McMorris Rodgers and CDR Brian Rodgers, USN (Ret.); The Honorable Ken Salazar and Hope Hernandez-Salazar

Executive Director: Michelle Sie Whitten

Committee Members: Leadership Circle: Anna & John J. Sie; Brian & Kathy Stevens; Laura Barton & William Matthews; Mike & Amber Fries; Cookie Gold, Ricki & Dave Rest, Debbie & Lee Alpert; Jules Haimovitz; Peter Kudla; Jack & Pat McDonnell; Shereen & Michael Pollak; Don & Sue Sturm; Leslie & Bill Vollbracht

Catering: The Sheraton Downtown Denver Hotel

Music: Natasha Bedingfield

Sponsors: Major sponsors include: Dr. John C. and Leslie Malone, Anna and John J. Sie Foundation, Laura Barton and William Matthews, Mike and Amber Fries/Liberty Global, Jules Haimovitz, McDonnell Family Foundation, Shereen and Michael Pollak/Hyde Park Jewelers, Sturm Family Foundation/Don and Sue Sturm, Leslie and Bill Vollbracht; The Anschutz Foundation, Sharon Magness Blake and Ernie Blake, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP, Cookie Gold/Ricki and Dave Rest, MDC/Richmond American Homes Foundation, The Whitten Family; Pandora @ Cherry Creek, Sandy Wolf and Elaine Wolf from The Melvin and Elaine Wolf Foundation; Denver Broncos/Pat and Annabel Bowlen, Jim and Kay Burke, Lawrence Covell, Dish Network, Land Title Guarantee Company, Bob and Betsy Leighton, Perky Jerky, SomaLogic, Steele Street Bank & Trust, Jeff and Mary Tuten, University of Denver

Quote of the evening: Quincy Jones on meeting Gov. John Hickenlooper: "I'm going to write a song with that name. I love it. (Singing): Hickenlooper, Hickenlooper, Hickenlooper."

Menu: Butter lettuce and frisee with poached pear, candied walnuts, crumbled goat cheese and golden raisins, and balsamic vinaigrette; butter-poached beef tenderloin with sriracha-hollandaise sauce, Boursin-whipped potatoes, sauteed greens and carrots; chocolate-silk pie, passion-fruit meringue, chocolate-crinkle cookies, individual ricotta-cheesecake, Grand Marnier strawberry sauce, fresh fruit

Attendance: Around 1,200

Attire: Evening Attire, Business Formal or Cocktail Attire

Special Thanks: 2012 Ambassador Samantha Marcia Stevens, Leadership Circle, Anna & John J. Sie, honorary chairs, honorary committee, sponsors, in-kind sponsors, donors, attendees, event committee, volunteers and staff of Global Down Syndrome Foundation


Event Coordinator: Diana Moore

Steering Committee: Committee chairs: Annabel Bowlen, live auction; Debra McKenney, tickets; Judi Wolf, program & talent; Jay Mills, transportation/hospitality; Quinn Washington, Kristi Fote and Jesse Schroffel, Young Professionals; Kay Burke, silent auction; Nicole Gampp, gift bag; Shane Phillips, corporate; Mary Tuten, community outreach; Judianne Atencio, public relations

Blacktie Photos by: Lisa Perry

 DeOndra Dixon and Miss Colorado Hannah Porter
DeOndra Dixon and Miss Colorado Hannah Porter

In only its fourth year of existence, Be Beautiful Be Yourself is stamped firmly onto the Mile High map of must-attend events, earning numerous awards and accolades. And why not? Celebrity supporters include Jamie Foxx and Quincy Jones, along with a slew of local luminaries. The event always features a sparkling meet-and-greet reception, entertainment, a sumptuous dinner and terrific live-auction enticements—all to raise funds for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, supporting Denver’s Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome. But the real attraction here is a high-energy fashion show. The model escorts are well-known, but the models themselves—kids and young adults, all with Down syndrome or developmental disabilities—absolutely steal the show with their exuberance and personal style.

On Saturday, Oct. 13, almost 1,200 gathered at The Sheraton Downtown Denver Hotel to experience the fourth winning BBBY event. The evening began with a silent auction and reception, along with a VIP meet-and-greet attended by Quincy Jones, DeOndra Dixon (GDSF ambassador—and Jamie Foxx’s sister), actor Luke Zimmerman (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager” and this year’s co-recipient of the Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award), plus “Fairly Legal" actress Virginia Williams, and singer Natasha Bedingfield. Gov. John Hickenlooper, John Elway and Pat Bowlen also had a chance to pose for pictures with guests. A pre-dinner red carpet included additional appearances by a few of the model’s escorts: actress Stefani Kramer, Miss Colorado Hannah Porter, and Denver Nuggets stars Andre Iguodala and Danilo Gallinari.

Vivacious emcee, 9News anchor Kim Christensen, kept a jam-packed evening moving. A spirited live auction included experiences such as traveling with the Denver Broncos to an away game, and the opportunity to have dinner with John and Paige Elway and Pat and Annabel Bowlen. Speakers on the dinner program included event chair Nancy Sevo, GDSF’s executive director Michelle Sie Whitten, committee chair Annabel Bowlen and John J. Sie, who provided an update on the successes of the foundation. Super-talented Jamie Foxx spoke to the crowd by video, stalled in Montreal due to his movie-production schedule. This year, as one of two Quincy Jones award recipients, Foxx accepted the honor with both grace and a ton of humor, and he included a special shout-out to his sister DeOndra. DeOndra, a previous Exceptional Advocacy recipient, presented the second Quincy Jones award of the evening to Zimmerman, who walked on stage with a flourish and accepted with sincere thanks. Bedingfield provided an energetic live-music set at evening’s end.

The main event was a fashion show with 30 models—including the GDSF’s 2012 ambassador Samantha Marcia Stevens escorted by dad Brian Stevens—and celebrity escorts. Models, with clothes provided by Little Me’s, were: Isaac Berant, Ryan Boryla, Brianna Carey, Brianna Cordova, Elijah De La Cerda, Abby Dewhirst, DeOndra Dixon, Connor Dunne, Todd Eisinger, Natalie Michelle Fuller, Baylee Ginther and Khrystya Gordon, Annaliese Hauser, Alison Hradek, Steven Kennedy, Sam Levin, Kennedy Lewis, Hillary MacAdam, Katherine Moore, Melissa Salazar, Sah’hi Sanford, Cameron Tafoya, Alex Teleaga, Kaia Telford, Staci Unrau, Sophia Whitten, Matt Wilson, Felix Ybarra and Luke Zimmerman.

The Global Down Syndrome is dedicated to significantly improving the lives of people with Down syndrome through research, medical care, education and advocacy. The Foundation’s primary focus is to support the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome—the first organization with the mission to eradicate the medical and cognitive ill effects associated with Down Syndrome. For more information, please visit:





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