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Be Beautiful Be Yourself
2014 Global Down Syndrome Foundation DC Gala
The Global Down Syndrome Foundation DC Gala was held here in Washington, DC at the Mayfower
Renaissance Hotel . Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and Kansans Senator Jerry Moran were
awarded the 2014 Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Awards from the Global Down Syndrome Foun-
dation. Tis years Ambassador was Katherine Felicia Norton. Te children owned the runway and
strutted their stuf. CNN Correspondent, Kyra Phillips was the evenings Mistress of Ceremonies, Leona
Lewis (Multi-platinum singer-songwriter) provided entertainment. Celebrity escorts for the event were
Lesli Foster (WUSA 9 News) and John Roberts (Fox News). Ciera Nicole Butts (Miss DC USA and Miss
Maryland came out to show support. Te Be Beautiful Be Yourself models were Michelle Andrade,
Gabriela Bautista, DeOndra Dixon, Charlotte Fonfara-LaRose, Julie Amanda Green, Brandon Gruber,
Kendra Hager, Hannah Darneana Hart, Ashley Lucas, Kelly Lyons, Mary Miller, Devin Mitchell, Jose
Luis Moreno-Campuzano, Katherine Felicia Norton, Michael Jahi Queen, Cole Rodgers, Alex Sessions,
Frank Stephens, and Kegan Turner. Michelle Sie Whitten is the Executive Director of the Global Down
Syndrome Foundation. For more information go to WWW. GlobalDownSyndrome.org
The 2014 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Models
Honoree Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton
2014 Recipient of the Quincy Jones
Exceptional Advocacy Award
(L-R) Frank Stephens & Michelle Andrade
own the runway for the night
Photo Left
Dr. Yvonne Maddox
(Deputy Director NICH)
(L-R) The Nortons with the 2014
Global Down Syndrome Foundation
Ambasador Ms. Katherine Felicia
Norton
(L-R) Dr. Margaret Muggy Do of the Art & Drama Therapy
Institute, Inc. (ADTI) with Hon. Norton, Katherine Felicia
Norton & guest
Photo Right
Celebrity Escort Lesli Foster (WUSA 9 News) with two
of the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Models
(L-R) Celebrity Escort John Roberts (Fox News senior National
Correspondent) with a guest model
DeOndra Dixon with her famous brother Jamie
Fox
Is Everywhere!
(L) Leona Lewis (Multi-platinum singer-
Songwriter) & Kyra Phillips (Event MC & CNN
Correspondent)
Brian Keith Calevro
(Executive Bloomingdales)
(L-R) Kyra Phillips (Event MD & NCC
Anchor) ) & 2014 Ambassador & Hon.
Elenaor Holmes Norton, & Michelle
Sie Whitten (Ex. Dir. Global Down Syn-
drome Foundation)
(L-R) Ciera Nicole Butts
(Miss DC USA), Chris-
tina Denny (2013 Miss
Maryland
Honoree Sen. Jerry Moran
(R-Kansans) 2014 Recipi-
ent of the Quincy Jones
Exceptional Advocacy