The likes of Jamie Foxx, Colin Farrell and Dakota Johnson were just a few guests in attendance at a special Global Down Syndrome Foundation event over the weekend.
An array of A-list stars, which also included Jeremy Renner, Heather Graham and Shia LaBeouf, made their way to Denver to celebrate the charity’s 10th anniversary on Saturday, with the whole thing raising a whopping $2.4 million. This then brought the event’s total over the past decade to over $18 million.
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Jamie Foxx, who has been a dedicated supporter of Global from the start, explained: “What Global is doing for people with Down Syndrome, including my sister DeOndra, is amazing – the science, the medical care and the important awareness. And you know, this is just the beginning – what we’re going to accomplish in the next ten years will be so important as our loved ones with Down Syndrome age.”
The actor attended the event with DeOndra and his daughter Analise, with the trio posing up a storm on the red carpet.
The bash saw Colin Farrell and Zack Gottsagen receive Global’s prestigious Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award (Q Award), with the latter saying in his acceptance speech: “People with disabilities need to work together with our friends for inclusion and equal opportunities. So don’t forget to vote! I have voted in every election since I was 18 years old.”
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An impromptu live auction then saw Foxx, Renner, Farrell, Von Miller and John C. McGinley jump on stage and auction off items from Von Miller’s jacket to Renner’s exclusive Marvel premiere tickets.
Global President and CEO, Michelle Sie Whitten, said in a press release: “On our 10th Anniversary, we are so grateful to our dedicated medical professionals at the Sie Center for Down Syndrome at Children’s Hospital Colorado, our brilliant scientists at the Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome on the Anschutz Medical Campus, our Down syndrome partner organizations, generous sponsors, influential celebrities, amazing self-advocates and families, and our hardworking team!”