2013 Recipient of the Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award
The famous quote from Walt Disney, “If you can dream it, you can do it,” has been the driving force behind the life of Tim Harris. Born in 1986 with Down syndrome, Tim has lived a life that has been defined by exceeding expectations.
A 2004 graduate of Eldorado High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Tim was elected homecoming king by the highest margin of votes in school history. During graduation week, Tim was also voted Student of the Year by the administration, faculty and staff. In the fall of 2004, Tim moved to Roswell, New Mexico, to attend Eastern New Mexico University. Tim lived in a college dorm and graduated in 2008 with certificates in Food Service, Office Skills and Restaurant Hosting. After college, Tim worked as a host at Applebee’s restaurant and spent time living aboard a sailboat with his parents and traveling throughout the Bahamas.
Early in his teen years, Tim began to dream of owning his own restaurant someday. In October of 2010, the next chapter began with the grand opening of Tim’s Place – a restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that is open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week. Tim offers free hugs on his menu and is very excited about fulfilling his dream to own a restaurant. Watch this video to see Tim in action at his restaurant Tim’s Place. Tim is emerging as a major global media figure. He’s been featured in People Magazine, on CBS Evening News and CBS Sunday Morning, America Online, ABC News, NBC Today Show, NBC Nightly News, National Public Radio and CNN. Tim’s story has inspired people around the world.
The Global Down Syndrome Foundation is proud to announce Tim Harris as the 2013 Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award recipient.