Q&A with Maureen Regan Cannon, Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show 2016 Chair

Why did you accept the challenge to be chair of the 2016 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show?

“I believe that philanthropy starts with a commitment to give more than money to a worthy cause.  Giving of oneself, including time and passionate participation, is often more important than writing a check. The success of any non-profit is predicated upon the total efforts of all whom support the organization, regardless of financial wherewithal.”

What can we expect at this year’s Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show?

“In addition to record turnout of enthusiastic supporters, I hope to raise a record amount for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation and the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome at the University of Colorado School of Medicine on the Anschutz Medical Campus. Last year, the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show raised a total of $2 million.  This year I hope to exceed that number and set a new fundraising record of $2.5 million.  Of course, the gala will again be the premiere fundraising gala of the year with notable attendees from the world of sports and Hollywood.  Patrons and supporters will not want to miss this year’s fabulous gala!”

What about the Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s work inspires you?

“I am inspired by so much of the work Global does—from the programs for self-advocates, like the I You Dance Parties, to the educational series.  But really, I see the research going on at the Crnic Institute as being among the most impactful to our entire society. The ties being found between Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease and Down syndrome and cancer are amazing and so life altering to everyone.  That’s a real game changer.”

There are a lot of worthwhile, not-for-profit events and causes.  Why should someone support Global’s mission and our fashion show over one of those events and causes?

“Children are our most precious resource, and the most vulnerable members of any society.  All children are gifts from God and, for those families so blessed, differently abled children are a special blessing.”

Please share a sentence or two about your life, including what is important to you, and anything else you would like to share with others.

“For people who are blessed with good fortune and opportunity, it is vitally important to give back to society.  The measure of one’s success is not the accumulation of money, status or material treasures.  Each of us receives “callings” in life to support causes and philanthropic works near and dear to our hearts.  Children speak loudest me.  Whether it is building an orphanage in Nicaragua, providing for abused and neglected children throughout the US, or helping support differently abled children’s causes, I am desirous of doing everything I can.  All children are our future, our legacy and hope for a more peaceful and prosperous world.”