A native of Ireland, Colin Farrell continues to turn heads in Hollywood. Last year, he starred in The Killing of a Sacred Deer opposite Nicole Kidman for A24 – his second project with director Yargos Lanthimos. That same year, he co-starred with Denzel Washington in the Sony film Roman Isreal, Esq., written and directed by Dan Gilroy.
In 2009, Farrell won his first Golden Globe for his role in Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges and re-teamed with McDonagh in 2012 for “Seven Psychopaths.” Some of Farrell’s other past works include: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Fright Night, Total Recall, the Warner Bros. comedy Horrible Bosses, Minority Report, S.W.A.T, and many more. In 2015, he made his TV debut in the second season of HBO’s “True Detective.”
Global is proud to have Colin Farrell in our corner and to honor him with our 2018 Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award.
Two-time Academy Award® nominee, Jeremy Renner, earned his first nomination for his lead role in the 2010 Best Picture winner The Hurt Locker, directed by Kathryn Bigelow. The film won six Academy Awards® and in addition to Renner’s nomination, he was also awarded the Breakthrough Actor Award at the Hollywood Film Festival, the Spotlight Award at the Savannah Film Festival, and received Best Actor nominations from the 2008 BAFTA Awards and Independent Spirit Awards. The following year, Renner was nominated for an Academy Award® as Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Town, directed by Ben Affleck for Warner Bros. Renner was also honored with Supporting Actor nominations from both the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Golden Globes.
Renner strongly believes that we have a responsibility to improve the quality of life for others. He has participated in many philanthropic events and he is an ambassador of WildAid, an environmental organization focused on wildlife preservation. We are thrilled to welcome him into our Global family!
Heather Graham discovered her passion for acting at an early age and caught the attention of filmmakers with her breakout role in Gus Van Sant’s Drugstore Cowboy, for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination. Graham went on to score unforgettable roles in the 1997 classic Boogie Nights, earning her the MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance, 1999’s Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, and starred opposite Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifinakis in 2009’s The Hangover.
Graham advocates for human rights, serving as a public activist for organizations like Children International, a nonprofit organization that helps children out of poverty, and Cambodian Children’s Fund which provides supplies and educational support for countries to combat human trafficking. Global is excited to have an activist, like Graham, support Global’s work and a brighter future for people with Down syndrome.
Zachary Robin Gottsagen, “Zack,” is an accomplished stage performer and film actor with Down syndrome.
He has worked with Zeno Mountain Farms nonprofit film productions for over a decade, acting in many films including “Burning Like A Fire,” “Life of a Dollar Bill,” and “Bulletproof.”
While filming with Zeno, Zack met Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz, who were so taken with Zack that they wrote a film for him to star in, “The Peanut Butter Falcon.” Set to release later this year, Zack co-stars in the adventure film alongside Shia LaBeouf and Dakota Johnson. Global hosted a screening of the film at the Sie FilmCenter this past May, with Zack, Tyler, and Michael in attendance – the movie is a must-see!
Zack is thrilled to be recognized for all his accomplishments at the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show in October with the 2018 Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award.
Dakota Johnson has become one of Hollywood’s fastest rising stars, playing the coveted role of Anastasia Steele in the feature adaptation of E L James’ novel and worldwide phenomenon FIFTY SHADES OF GREY.
She then landed two highly acclaimed feature roles, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival. The first was opposite Johnny Depp in the Whitey Bulger biopic BLACK MASS, which was directed by Scott Cooper. The other, a starring role in Luca Guadagnino’s remake of Jacques Deray’s La Piscine titled A BIGGER SPLASH, alongside Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes and Matthias Schoenaerts.
Shia LaBeouf’s natural talent and raw energy have secured his place as one of Hollywood’s leading men.
Shia was most recently seen in the drama Borg vs McEnroe. The film shows the rivalry, friendship and personas of Björn Borg and John McEnroe and how they became international superstars, both within the athletic world and mainstream culture. It premiered to rave reviews at last year’s Toronto Film Festival and critics heralded LaBeouf’s performance as “perfection,” “flawless” and “explosive.”
Foxx is often described as a triple threat for his versatility as an actor, musician and comedian. In 2004 Foxx delivered a trio of powerful l performances in “Ray,” “Collateral,” and “Redemption.” He won an Academy Award for his portrayal of the legendary Ray Charles as well as the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild (SAG), BAFTA and NAACP Image Awards. Besides his outstanding work in front of the camera, in 2007 Foxx took on the role as executive producer of the HBO film “Life Support.” Foxx has also achieved a thriving career in music. He received three Grammy nominations including Best R&B Album for his Platinum-selling “Intuition.” On January 31, 2010 Foxx won a Grammy for his record breaking smash hit “Blame It” featuring T-Pain in the category of Best R&B performance by a duo/group with vocals-at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards.
John C. McGinley has amassed decades of stellar work on stage and screen, including seven collaborations with Oscar-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone. His most significant role is Dad to Max, was born with Down syndrome. After Max’s birth he pursued a role on the TV show “Scrubs” that allowed him to spend more time at home. John was recognized as “Parent of the Year” by ivillage.com, and he has joined the Special Olympics campaign “Spread the Word to End the Word.” In 2011 John received Global’s Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award. He also serves on Global’s Board of Directors. His most recent role is in the horror-comedy “Stan Against Evil.”
Amanda Booth is a model and actress most recognizable from her commercial television work. She has appeared in advertising campaigns for Lancome, Fiat, Hershey’s, Target, Old Navy and more. She has appeared on network television shows such as “Hot in Cleveland”, “Maron”, and “Community”. Since becoming a mother to a son with Down syndrome in 2014, Booth’s focus has shifted from fashion editorials for Italian Vogue, Australian Harper’s Bazaar, and Elle, to most recently the cover of Parents Magazine, an ambassador for Changing the Face of Beauty, and advocacy through social media.
A nine-year Major League Soccer (MSL) veteran, Sam is currently a midfielder with Minnesota United FC. He first joined the league in 2009, when he was selected second overall by Toronto FC in the MLS SuperDraft. Cronin played a year and a half with the Reds before being traded to the San Jose Earthquakes. Cronin signed with the Colorado Rapids in 2015 and made his first MLS All-Star appearance that same year. During his free time, Sam likes to spend time with his wife, Samantha, and their two sons, Levi and Holden. Sam is so excited to be back in Colorado to participate in the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show for the second time.
Von Miller is in his eighth season with the Denver Broncos and has already established himself as one of the greatest defensive players in franchise history. The six-time Pro Bowl linebacker and Super Bowl 50 MVP has posted the most sacks in the NFL since he was drafted by the Broncos with the No. 2 overall selection in 2011 from Texas A&M University. In addition to being among the most feared defensive players in the game, Miller is a two-time team captain and has shown an incredible passion for giving back to his community. The recipient of the Broncos’ Community Impact Award in 2017, Miller’s charitable influence has reached new heights through his foundation, Von’s Vision. Since his foundation’s inception in 2012, Miller and Von’s Vision have raised $3.4 million to provide eye exams, frames and lenses to low-income children. To date, more than 6,000 Denver students have received free eye care through Von’s Vision, helping them be their best selves in the classroom and in life. We are honored to welcome Von Miller—a World-Class athlete who is dedicated to helping people reach their full potential—to the Global family.
Brandon McManus, one of the longest-tenured members of the Denver Broncos, is in his fifth NFL season in 2018. The most accurate kicker in team history, McManus’ big leg and unparalleled focus makes him one of the NFL’s greatest kicking weapons. After entering the NFL in 2013 as a college free agent from Temple University, McManus found his way to Denver and has thrived as the backbone of the Broncos’ special-teams unit. As a second-year player in 2015, McManus played a crucial role in Denver’s championship run. He totaled the second-most field goals (10) all-time in a single postseason, including three huge kicks in the Broncos’ Super Bowl 50 victory against the Carolina Panthers. A team captain in each of the last two seasons, McManus has done extensive work to promote inclusivity and decrease bullying in our communities. He co-founded the Anti Bully Squad to create a permanent solution to bullying through education, advocation, awareness and prevention. A participant in multiple Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Shows, Global is pleased to welcome back Brandon McManus for this incredible event.
Justin Simmons, a rising NFL star in his third season as a safety for the Denver Broncos, has established himself as a foundational piece of the Broncos’ defense and its famed “No Fly Zone.” Since being drafted by the Broncos in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft from Boston College, Simmons has posted multiple interceptions, sacks and blocked kicks in addition to ranking among the top tacklers on the team. A standout on the field, Simmons is also one of the most recognizable Broncos players in the community, having received the team’s Community Ambassador Award in 2017. In addition to being a regular participant in the Broncos’ High School game of the Week visits, Simmons has been a leader for the team’s relationship with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, including speaking at its annual graduation ceremony and spending time at the Broncos’ branch during his free time. Global is excited to partner with Justin Simmons for this incredible event celebrating a brighter future for people with Down Syndrome.
Jeff Heuerman is a fourth-year tight end who is having a career season for the Denver Broncos 2018. He was selected by Denver in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft after leading Ohio State University to the 2014 College Football Playoff National Championship as a team captain. Since spending his rookie season with the Broncos on injured reserve, Heuerman has made his presence known on the field and in the community. This summer, he hosted his first youth football camp for 100 kids at his former high school in Naples, Fla. Locally, Heuerman has been a regular participant in the Broncos’ NFL PLAY 60 clinics, especially ones involving the Special Olympics and National Sports Center for the Disabled. He also makes frequent hospital visits on behalf of the Broncos and volunteers his time for several initiatives helping senior citizens. Global is proud to welcome Jeff Heuerman at the Be Beautiful be Yourself Fashion Show!
Case Keenum, who is in his first season as quarterback for the Denver Broncos, came to the Mile High City after leading the Minnesota Vikings to a 12-4 overall record and an appearance in the NFL Championship game in 2017. In his sixth professional season, Keenum originally entered the NFL with the Houston Texans as a college free agent after becoming the NCAA’s all-time leader passer (19,217 yards, 155 TDs) at the University of Houston. His unique NFL journey led him to author a recently-released book, “Playing for More: Trust Beyond What You Can See,” sharing his story of faith and football with his portion of the proceeds going to charity. Named a team captain in his first season with the Broncos in 2018, Keenum has quickly earned the trust of his teammates and coaches as a leader on and off the field. Global is excited to welcome the Broncos’ newest quarterback, Case Keenum, to the 10th Anniversary Be Beautiful be Yourself Fashion Show!
Phillip Lindsay, a rookie running back for the Denver Broncos, has made an immediate impact for his team during the first half of the 2018 season. A homegrown talent, Lindsay is the first player from the Broncos Futures Football Program to play in the NFL. Though he starred at Denver’s South High School and went on to become the all-time leader in all-purpose yards (5,926) at the University of Colorado, Lindsay wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine and he didn’t hear his name called during the NFL Draft. He was signed by the Broncos as a college free agent and quickly made the most of his opportunity, becoming the first undrafted player in NFL history to total 100 yards from scrimmage in his first two games. Already a staple in the community as a Colorado native, Lindsay has continued to make a positive impact on others with his new platform as an NFL talent. We are happy to welcome one of Colorado’s own, Phillip Lindsay, to the Global family!
Ellery Jones is the 2018 Miss Colorado, hoping to impact her community in significant ways. Jones majored in neurobiology at Harvard University and is starting the Neuroscience Ph.D. program at University of California at San Francisco in fall 2019. During her time at Harvard, Jones was a peer counselor and talked with many students who were victims of sexual and domestic violence. Upon hearing these stories, Jones was inspired to start the “We Need to Talk – Growing Healthy Interpersonal Relationships on College Campuses” social impact initiative to reduce the occurrence of this violence on college campuses. She strives to expand her initiative into a training program where ambassadors will continue to hold workshops to develop and maintain a culture of safety on their campuses.
Kim Christiansen grew up in Colorado and graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her first job was as a writer and associate producer for the 6AM news at 9News. She went on to work as a writer for the late newscasts and eventually made the transition to general assignment reporter. Her first anchor position was on 9News Saturday Morning. She went on to anchor the 5:00 and 10:00 news on the weekends with Ward Lucas. Kim has won four regional Emmy awards for spot news, news writing and news reporting. Kim is also devoted to the fight against breast cancer. She serves as the spokesperson for the “Buddy Check 9” program and speaks to dozens of community groups about the importance of self-exam and mammography. She’s very close to her family and considers her sister to be her best friend. She currently anchors the 4:00, 5:00, and 10:00 PM news.
Tom Green has been a part of Colorado’s broadcast scene for more than 35 years, recently returning to 9News, where he worked from 1982-95 as an award-winning sportscaster. An exceptional journalist and broadcaster, and passionate sports fan, Tom was named Colorado’s “Sportscaster of the Year” four times, and has won 10 Emmy awards. Over the years, and between his golf games, he’s done a bit of everything on the air, from newscasting, to play-by-play, to even hosting a game show on ESPN – “Sports On Tap.” Many may also remember Tom from his afternoons talking about sports on the radio, co-hosting for three years on “The Fan,” with the legendary Doug Moe. Now, after 15 years of waking people up every morning on Channel 2’s Daybreak, Tom is sleeping in…and back at KUSA-TV, anchoring 9News every day at 4:00 and 5:00 PM with (among others) his co-emcee tonight.
McKenna is a Colorado native. She attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where she obtained a B.A. in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences in 2016. During her time at CU she danced for the Colorado Mammoth Wild Bunch, coached the Junior Varsity poms team at Cherry Creek High School, and co-directed the Sparkle Cheerleading squad for student-athletes with special needs. McKenna now works as a behavioral therapist and is in her third season as a Denver Broncos Cheerleader. She is so grateful and humbled to have the opportunity to work with the incredible Dare to Cheer team for the last three years, it has truly been a highlight of her experience as a Denver Broncos Cheerleader.
This is Caitlynn’s rookie season and she is very excited to be involved with the Dare to Cheer Program and working in the community with the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders. She is a Colorado native from Golden. She started dancing when she was three years old. Caitlynn went on to dance all four years in college for Colorado State University and was also a Denver Outlaws Dancer. She loves everything related to the criminal justice system including crime shows and she even received her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Caitlynn is currently working as a Legal Assistant.
ozie is originally from Omaha, Nebraska and moved to Denver following her graduation from Hastings College in 2013. While attending Hastings, Jozie was a student-athlete, earned her B.A. in Web Communication Design and Social Media, was Captain of the Crimson Spirit Dance Team, and was awarded a 1st place – Golden Leaf award by the Collegiate Media Association for her video PSA about bullying. This year, Jozie is in her fourth season as a Denver Broncos Cheerleader (DBC) and first as Captain! While winning Super Bowl 50 was one of her most memorable experiences, Jozie says that her favorite aspect of her role as a DBC is working with Global’s Dare to Cheer team – in her second season as a DBC she was even named Dare To Cheer/Junior Denver Broncos – Instructor of the Year!