Gala Co-Chairs: Maureen Cannon Regan, Bonnie Mandarich and Lois Paul
Auction Chairs: Rochelle McNaughton and Pamela Helm
Corporate Chair: Nancy Boland
Entertainment Chair: Terri Fisher
Triumphant Woman Chair: Jamie Angelich
Excelsior Youth Center Announces 2014 Triumphant Woman, Michelle Sie Whitten
Excelsior Youth Center has announced that Michelle Sie Whitten, co-founder and executive director of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, has been named as its Triumphant Woman for 2014. Whitten will be honored during a gala on March 7, 2014, at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel (1550 Court Place). Maureen Regan Cannon, Bonnie Mandarich and Lois Paul have been named co-chairs of the event. Musical entertainment and ticket information will be available in the coming months.
The Global Down Syndrome Foundation (Global) is dedicated to significantly improving the lives of people with Down syndrome through research, medical care, education and advocacy. Global is critical to the establishment and the ongoing support of the first academic home for Down syndrome in the nation – the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome at the Anschutz Medical Campus. In just a few short years, the Crnic Institute is now the largest funder for Down syndrome research after the National Institutes of Health, and its clinical care arm, the Sie Center for Down Syndrome at Children’s Hospital Colorado, is now the largest pediatric care center for children for Down syndrome in the United States.
As part of its philanthropic endeavors, Global organizes the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show – the largest annual fundraiser for Down syndrome in the world.
Whitten has created and oversees many programs at Global, including the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Dance Class with the Colorado Ballet, Dare to Play Football with former Broncos wide receiver Ed McCaffrey, the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders Dare to Cheer program, and the Dare to Play Soccer Camps with the Colorado Rapids and Regis University.
Whitten has a personal connection to her interest and formation of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, as one of her two children was born with the condition.