Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Global Down Syndrome Foundation's Gala Taking Place in November

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Global Down Syndrome Foundation's Gala Taking Place in November

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The Global Down Syndrome Foundation announced that Gladys Knight will perform live at its inaugural Washington, D.C. Gala--Be Beautiful, Be Yourself. Washington's most powerful and influential leaders and professional athletes will gather to support Down syndrome research and advocacy on Wed., Nov. 16, 2011, at the J.W. Marriott in Washington, D.C.

The Foundation is honoring Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) & Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), two Congressional champions for the cause, with the Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award for their strong support and advocacy for the rights of people with disabilities. More than 600 friends of the Foundation are expected to attend, including national and local celebrities, congressional leaders, administration officials, ambassadors from around the world, members of the media, and senior corporate and association executives who share a commitment to human rights, civil rights and people with Down syndrome.

The event will include cocktails, dinner and a full-scale fashion show featuring guest models with Down syndrome, escorted by celebrities and professional athletes. The evening will be capped off with music from the Empress of Soul, Gladys Knight. VIP tickets include preferred seating, a VIP reception and photo ops with celebrities including Gladys Knight. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Linda Crnic Institute for Down syndrome, the first academic institute with a mission to eradicate the medical and cognitive ill effects associated with the condition.

This year marks the debut of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation Gala--Be Beautiful, Be Yourself in Washington, D.C. In its third year in Denver, Colo., the event draws 1,200 attendees and notable supporters including Quincy Jones, Jamie Foxx, Timothy P. Shriver, "Survivor" host Jeff Probst, super model Beverly Johnson, award-winning actor John C. McGinley, NBA champion and New York Nicks' Chauncey Billups, pro golfer David Duval, and NFL champions Ed McCaffrey, John Lynch, Brian Griese, and John Elway. …

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