2012 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Event Chair Nancy Sevo explains why she got involved with the Fashion Show and why people should support the Global Down Syndrome Foundation.
Polly and I have had such a fantastic time. The dinner and the fashion show, meeting you and Michelle, Patti McVay and Dr. Hickey, everyone from the foundation ... . This has all been life-changing for us. We have had so much fun. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!"
Kayanna VonDuhn, Volunteer
Thank you so much for all of your work! It was such an amazing night!! Please keep me on your list for next year because I would love to be a pal every year!"
Kathie J, Radio Personality with KS107.5
Thank you so much for inviting me to the event on Saturday. I have NEVER been to something so wonderful. My husband said that he hasn't smiled that much in a long time and I agree. It was a beautiful a beautiful evening."
Larry Gold, Scientist
Congratulations– what a wonderful night. You are making so many people happier and healthier and providing a chance for the families (including those with DS) to lead far better lives. You are among my very short list of heroes."
Pam Moore, Mother of Model Katherine Moore
I can't begin to tell you how very much we appreciated and enjoyed the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show Saturday night. Just magical and amazing. It is an event we will not miss again. Whether or not Katherine is included, she will want to be there."
Ricki Rest, Philanthropist, Grandmother of 2009 Global Down Syndrome Foundation Ambassador Chase Perry
Congratulations on another tremendous success. There are no words to express the impact of your Event, mission and focus to the world of Down Syndrome. The efforts that all of you have put forth have created awareness no one ever thought possible. Our children receive treatment like never before…as though they are royalty, where people are out there every day fighting for their rights is a true blessing."
Jennifer Lucas, Owner, Little Me’s
Both Monica and I cried during the show. Tears of joy! I would love the chance to work with all of you again."
Debra McKenney, Ticket Chair
I want to congratulate all of you on a most amazing event, and thank you for the honor of being on the committee. Truly a spectacular night, such as Denver has not experienced for many years… if ever! But what made it most special is this that it occurred in our home town, with our community fully engaged, and I'm honored and grateful to have had some small part in it. I look forward to continuing to help the Global Downs Syndrome Foundation in any way I can going forward."
Jim Janicek, Producer
You must know, I think the show was one of the best ever! There was a very unique and special energy about last night, and the fact that so many stuck around for the concert was very telling. You touched many people, and to see those kids light up on stage was magical. Your heartfelt efforts brought light into the room that felt like something from heaven."
Aaron Harber, TV personality
Michelle -- What a great event! Congratulations to you and your entire team on a super evening. Your leadership is inspiring many people.
Susan Karsh, Philanthropist and Grandmother
The evening was wonderful. Everyone left in tears after "We Are the World." What amazing professionals you have gathered! Nancy Sevo, Debra McKenney and Annabel brought a glamorous element to the event and the young professionals are just outstanding!"
Patti McVay, Director of Education, Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome
Thank you so very much for such an amazing evening!!!! You truly out did yourselves. The impact & power of last night will change the lives of children & families for generations.
Not only did you all raise amazing amounts of money for our cause, you also changed people's perception & view of people with Down syndrome. You empowered people to see possibility & potential in every child and children & adults with Down syndrome were respected & valued beyond measure."
Remy Teleaga, Father of Model Alex Teleaga
Thank you for having Alex in the fashion show. Alex cannot stop looking at the photos we cannot stop watching the video with him on the runway. Lulia could not stop crying."
Sarah Graham, Global Down Syndrome Foundation Supporter
Bravo to you, your family and hardworking staff on another phenomenal Be Beautiful Be Yourself gala!! Sophia rocked the runway, and I could not stop smiling during the entire fashion show! Thanks again for an inspiring, magical evening!"
Crystal Novitch, Sister of Ambassador Samantha Marcia Stevens
I just wanted to thank everyone involved in making the Be Beautiful, Be Yourself event possible. To watch my sister Samantha be honored was one of the most amazing moments of my life. I can't wait for the day I can sit with her & show her the video & all the pictures, and share the stories of what an inspiration she was to so many families. Thanks again for such a wonderful opportunity!!"
Kevin Marr, Associate Publisher, REIGN magazine
I just wanted to thank you again for the event last week. We are so appreciative to be a part of something so special and we look forward to being an even bigger part of it next year. The event itself was absolutely amazing and you should be very proud. That was an once-in-a-lifetime event!"
Susan Zimmerman, Mother of Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award Recipient Luke Zimmerman
Congratulations on a successful event! It was a spectacular weekend. Thank you for honoring Luke as part of it. I hope you raised your goal amount and more. Such a worthy organization!
Luke had a great time and I think made us all proud. He received lots of compliments on his speech and I do think he did a good job in all he was required to do. It was wonderful to be together as a family on this important occasion."
Joanne Davidson, Denver Post Reporter
Another fabulous edition of the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show! Congratulations to Nancy Alleman Sevo, who chaired the benefit, and to those who worked behind the scenes to keep the balls in the air. The gift that the Sie and Whitten families have made to the Down syndrome community -- indeed, to everyone who is differently abled -- is beyond compare."
Regan Kalahar, Volunteer
We had an incredible evening. I was in tears by the end of the fashion show and even more so when I looked down and saw that Chloe was too. When we got home she said, "I think this was probably one of the best nights of my life, actually it was the most incredible night of my life." She was very moved and it was such an incredible experience for both of us. And we loved meeting some of the models, they were amazing. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to volunteer and get to see the show!!"
Karen Aarestad, Mother of a Child with Down syndrome
I am still coming down from the wonderful event on Saturday! You and your team at the Global Down Syndrome Foundation did a superb job yet again. The guests at my table were awed by the capabilities of our kids which is exactly what I was after. Thank you so much for continuing to prove everyone wrong when they try to impose limitations on people with Down syndrome."
Kate Wilson, Mother of Model Matt Wilson
The whole Wilson family sends many, many thanks and appreciative thoughts your way!!!! What a great opportunity for Matt and an excellent future for all with Down syndrome!!"
Debbi Alpert, Philanthropist and Aunt
Just wanted to tell you guys how absolutely fabulous Saturday night was. I am always blown away by the turnout! The kids were so fabulous...sure they had the time of their lives. Lee and I comment every year how your amazing family is changing the world for so many. We are so proud to call you our friends and so grateful to be a part of your lives. You never cease to amaze us. Thank you!"