Frank Stephens to Receive the 2016 Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award at Nov. 12 Show in Denver
Press Release – DENVER, CO (Nov. 4, 2016) – Oscar, Golden Globe, and Grammy Award-nominee Matt Dillon and actor John C. McGinley will walk the runway with models with Down syndrome at the Be Beautiful Be Yourself fashion show on Nov. 12 in Denver. The Global Down Syndrome Foundation also announced Frank Stephens, a distinguished advocate for the differently-abled community, as the 2016 Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award recipient. They join previously announced co-hosts Mario Lopez and Kim Christiansen, Super Bowl MVP Peyton Manning, and model Amanda Booth.
“Matt and John 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 than different,” said Global Down Syndrome Foundation President and CEO Michelle Sie Whitten. “Global is also proud to announce that Frank Stephens, an upcoming TV and film star, is our 2016 Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award recipient for making a profoundly positive impact on our world.”
Dillon, who has a nephew with Down syndrome, has long carried a notable and charitable track record having previously been involved in supporting programs that provide resources to children facing medical challenges. McGinley, a Global board member and international spokesperson, received the Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award in 2011 for his dedication to fighting discrimination.
As an active spokesperson for Global and a member of the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Virginia, Stephens has traveled throughout North America and Europe promoting the inclusion of individuals with intellectual disabilities. In addition to having been praised by President Obama for his writing work on pain, exclusion and respect, Stephens was named one of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s “Most Extraordinary Ordinary People” of 2012.
The 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 Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome on the Anschutz Medical Campus and the Anna and John J. Sie Center for Down Syndrome at Children’s Hospital Colorado.
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