DENVER (CBS4) – A star-studded event in downtown Denver on Saturday helped raise money for Down syndrome research.

Before the event got under way CBS4’s Evrod Cassimy got to sit down with some big names in Hollywood to talk about the “Be Beautiful, Be Yourself” fashion show.

The show featured child models all with Down syndrome. The event has drawn the attention of several big names in Hollywood.

“My son, Max, was born with Down syndrome 14 years ago. He’s back in Los Angeles; he couldn’t make the trip out so I have other children here,” actor John C. McGinley said.

McGinley, maybe best known for his role as Dr. Perry Cox on the TV show “Scrubs,” is a huge supporter of Down syndrome research. At the event he received the Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocay Award for his work with the Global Down Syndrome Foundation in Denver.

“He’s a great actor; he can spread the message, a lot of things,” music icon Jones said. “Because he’s committed.”

It was more than just a fashion show. The money raised from the event goes to the Global Down Syndrome Foundation to help with research for people and children living with Down syndrome.

Jones hopes that people get a message from seeing the children living with the condition.

“The key words to live by is, ‘Love, laugh, live and give,’ and we’ve all got to start reaching out for each other and helping each other,” Jones said.

This event is held in Denver every year. It typically raises about a million dollars for Down syndrome research.

LINK: Global Down Syndrome Foundation


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