Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s 2016 ‘Be Beautiful Be Yourself’

Movie stars Jamie Foxx, Matt Dillon, Hilary Swank, John C McGinley, Queen Latifah and Fashion Model Amanda Booth came out to raise money for Down Syndrome the Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s 2016 ‘Be Beautiful Be Yourself’ at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center on November 12 in Denver, Colorado.

The Global Down Syndrome Foundation is a public non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to significantly improving the lives of people with Down syndrome through Research, Medical Care, Education and Advocacy. Formally established in 2009, Global’s primary focus is to support the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome, the first academic home in the United States committed solely to research and medical care for people with Down syndrome. Since Down syndrome is the least-funded genetic condition in the United States, fundraising and government advocacy to correct the alarming disparity of national funding for people with Down syndrome is a major goal.

The Global Down Syndrome Foundation created and organizes the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show – the single-largest annual fundraiser benefiting people with Down syndrome. Global organizes and funds many programs, conferences and grants, including Dare to Play Football Camp with Ed McCaffrey, Denver Broncos Cheerleaders Dare to Cheer Camp, Junior Denver Broncos Cheerleaders Dare to Cheer Program, Be Beautiful Be Yourself Hollywood Ball and the Global Down Syndrome Foundation Educational Grants.

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Hilary Swank & Queen Latifah to Rock the Runway in Denver Fashion Show Fundraiser

Two-time Oscar and Golden Globe-winner Hilary Swank and Academy Award nominee and Emmy, Golden Globe and Grammy Award-winner Queen Latifah will rock the runway with models with Down syndrome at the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show Nov. will rock the runway with models with Down syndrome at the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show Nov. 12 in Denver. The annual Global Down Syndrome Foundation (Global) fundraiser previously announced the support of co-hosts Mario Lopez and Kim Christiansen, actors Matt Dillon and John C. McGinley, two-time SUPER BOWL Champion and MVP Peyton Manning, model Amanda Booth, and special Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award honoree Frank Stephens.

“Hilary Swank and Queen Latifah are amazing role models who believe deeply in fighting for equality and celebrating diversity. We are so pleased they will be at our event sending our message to the world – that people with Down syndrome are more alike (and awesome!) than different,” said Global Down Syndrome Foundation President and CEO Michelle Sie Whitten. “Through their distinguished careers both of these icons have exemplified their commitment to the community and we are so pleased that they are supporting our research and medical care for people with Down syndrome.”

Swank has been involved in numerous philanthropies and nonprofit organizations throughout her career, including supporting and empowering women suffering from medical issues. Queen Latifah, who has backed AIDS and cancer research, has long been a pioneer to end discrimination and equal the playing field.

Global’s Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show is the single largest fundraiser benefitting people with Down syndrome in the world selling out each year with 1,200 guests and raising over $2 million. The event culminates in a fashion show featuring models with Down syndrome clothed by REVOLVE. Proceeds from the event benefit Global’s life-saving and life-changing medical care and scientific research at the Anna and John J. Sie Center for Down Syndrome at Children’s Hospital Colorado and the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome on the Anschutz Medical Campus.

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Open Road Nabs Domestic Rights to ‘Spark’ With Hilary Swank, Jessica Biel

Open Road Films has acquired domestic distribution rights to “Spark,” an upcoming animated release that features the voices of Hilary Swank, Susan Sarandon, and Jessica Biel.

The film is inspired the 16th-century Chinese novel, “Journey to the West,” and follows a teenage monkey who leads a space expedition to save the planet from a cruel dictator. Patrick Stewart of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” fame, and Jace Norman from Nickelodeon’s “Henry Danger,” round out the voice cast. Aaron Woodley (“The Entitled”) directs and wrote the screenplay with Doug Hadders and Adam Rotstein. Open Road Films plans to release the film on April 14, 2017. The studio previously had an animation success with “The Nut Job” films. Its other films include the Best Picture-winning “Spotlight,” “Nightcrawler,” and “Chef.”

“Spark” is a co-production with ToonBox Entertainment, Redrover Co., Ltd, Shanghai Hoongman Technology Co., Ltd. and Gulfstream Pictures.

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