A glamorous night to benefit the Global Down Syndrome Foundation
How often can you see an Oscar winner, an NBA Finals MVP, the Mayor of Denver and a 79-time Grammy Award nominee slicing up steaks at the same table in the Mile High City? It went down at the edge of the catwalk Saturday night at the glitzy Jet Set Fashion Show at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center. And Metromix was there to capture it all.
Hollywood A-listers Jamie Foxx, Quincy Jones and "Survivor" host Jeff Probst joined Denver Nuggets star Chauncey Billups and Mayor John Hickenlooper for the star-studded event aimed at raising money for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, benefiting the Linda Crnic Institute for Down syndrome at the Anschutz Medical Campus.
Foxx escorted his little sister DeOndra Dixon down the red carpet, but made it clear he wasn't the star on this night, he was playing a supporting role. His sister DeOndra, who has Down syndrome, was there to walk the runway in fashions from Saks Fifth Avenue, and to present the Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award she won in 2009 to the 2010 winner, Karen Gaffney.
The theme of the night was Be Beautiful, Be Yourself, and the models did just that in a trio of Saks collections: Burberry, Escada and Armani Collezioni. And DeOndra didn't just walk the runway, she strutted her stuff with moves that had the Denver Nuggets Dancers and Ms. Colorado Melaina Shipwash taking notes.
Chairman and CEO of the Special Olympics Timothy Shriver was honored as well with the 2010 Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award, and musician Eric Hutchinson closed out the night with songs from his debut album "Sounds Like This."
The night raised thousands of dollars toward the cause, as big-ticket items were sold off for thousands of dollars at a time during the live auction. Tickets to events like the Super Bowl, the American Idol finale, the Grammys, the Emmys and the Surivor finale were commonplace, and were rattled off to bidders who would soon be jetsetting off to places they might otherwise only dream about.
—Written by Dan Boniface, photos by Erica Boniface