DeOndra has been a Global Down Syndrome Foundation Ambassador since 2011 and is the inaugural Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award recipient.
This year, like years prior, DeOndra will be a model in the show and her big brother will be one of the attendees.
The other attendees this year that will join the models are Maris Tomei, Eva Longoria, Joe Manganiello, Denis O’Hare, actor-author-comedian and Global board member John C, McGinley, and many more.
Model and fashion designer Madeleine Stuart, credited as being the first model with Down, will receive the 2017 Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award at the event.
So far, the “Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show” has raised more than $14 million for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation to support research, medical care, education, and advocacy.
“This is a special year for Global as we have had two scientific breakthroughs that are a direct result of the donations we have raised at our fashion show in past years,” said Michelle Sie Whitten, Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s president, CEO and co-founder. “We are thrilled to celebrate how far we have come and inspired to look towards the future in gathering additional awareness and support for a significantly better future for children and adults with Down syndrome.”