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.

– Events Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s 2016 ‘Be Beautiful Be Yourself’ > November 12 2016

UBS’s First US Philanthropy Conference

Academy Award winning actress Hilary Swank, former AOL AOL +% executive and philanthropist Jean Case and food systems entrepreneur Kimbal Musk converged at UBS ’s first annual American philanthropy summit earlier this week to connect over mutual causes ranging from rescuing overlooked dogs from shelters to addressing global issues through impact investing.

Silver screen star Hilary Swank, whose newly formed nonprofit Hilaroo rescues animals from shelters and connects them with kids living in foster care or group homes, came to the conference on a mission: She’s currently aiming to raise $70 million so the year-old organization can purchase at least 70 acres in Los Angeles to build a facility for the dogs to live in (including a kennel and veterinary services area) and for the kids to also play sports and study after school. “The kids have seen these dogs that have been kicked to the curb like they have. It touches their heart in a place that is special,” she later told FORBES. “We take the animals that don’t have a fair chance and could get euthanized, temperament train them, and then bring in at-risk youth. They’ll pick their dog and take care of the dog on the property after school. They’ll also get tutoring before they go home.”

Since its inception in 2015, the foundation has held three summer day camps with a total of 150 kids. Once the permanent facility is built, summer camps will become overnight and will also be combined with regular after-school programs. Her big dream? Ten years down the line she wants to have an accredited high school on the land and also offer up housing for those who leave the foster care system once they’re 18. She’s going to need a lot of billionaire donors to make that happen.

– Events UBS’s First US Philanthropy Conference > September 2016