--()--Global Down Syndrome Foundation:
Fashion savvy models with Down syndrome are auditioning on March 15 to star in the Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s (GDSF) May 8th Be Beautiful Be Yourself Gala, a high-style fashion show and fundraiser taking place at the Ritz Carlton in D.C. with celebrities, a well-known musical act, and members of Congress. The gala is designed to raise awareness about the chromosomal disorder affecting one in 691 babies and will honor Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Rep. Chris Van Hollen for their support of those with disabilities.
Friday, March 15, 2013, 6:00-8:30pm
George Washington University
Marvin Center, Continental Ballroom
800 21st St., NW
Washington, DC 20052
- More than 30 models with Down syndrome and other disabilities (and their cheering families and friends)
- A panel of judges
A panel of judges will pick the models for the May 8th fashion show and gala. Selected models will have several required time commitments, including a clothes fitting and a rehearsal on the day of the gala. To learn more about the auditions, visit www.globaldownsyndrome.org.
Down syndrome is the most frequent chromosomal disorder affecting an estimated 400,000 Americans, but is the least funded genetic condition by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), securing a mere 0.0007 percent of NIH’s 2011 $31 billion budget. GDSF is focused on raising funds and educating the public and leaders about the discrepancy in research funding for the condition, as well as the abilities and achievements of those with Down syndrome.
To cover the event, please contact Shawn Flaherty at 703-544-3609.