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Gala seeks individuals with Down syndrome for fashion show.
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Falls Church, VA (WUSA9) --- Be beautiful. Be yourself.

The Global Down Syndrome Foundation seeks fashionable individuals with Down syndrome for a fashion show in its spring gala.

The Foundation will hold auditions on Feb. 27 at Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School. To register for the auditions or learn more, visit www.globaldownsyndrome.org.

Qualified models should be at least 7 years old. No experience is necessary.

The Be Beautiful, Be Yourself Gala on May 7th will celebrate the abilities of individuals with Down syndrome. The chromosomal disorder affects one in 691 babies. The fundraiser's guest list includes celebrities and members of Congress.

AUDITION DETAILS:

DATE

Thursday, February 27, 2014, 5:30pm-7:30pm

WHERE

Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School

7130 Leesburg Pike

Falls Church, VA 22043

HOW

No experience is necessary. Models are encouraged to wear nice clothes for this fun event. A practice session will precede the auditions. A panel of judges will pick the models for the May 7th gala. Selected models must be able to make several required time commitments, including a clothes fitting and a rehearsal on the day of the gala.

WHY

Down syndrome is the most frequent chromosomal disorder affecting an estimated 400,000 Americans, but is the least funded genetic condition by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), securing an infinitesimal part of NIH's annual budget. Global is focused on raising funds and educating the public and leaders about the discrepancy in research funding for the condition, as well as the abilities and achievements of those who happen to have Down syndrome.


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