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May 10, 2013 | SOI General: Headquarters

Be Beautiful, Be Yourself!

By Chris Parker Hunt

Congratulations to Anna and John Sie and Michelle and Tom Whitten on their successful Be Beautiful, Be Yourself Gala held this past week at the Ritz Carlton in Washington, DC. The Sie and Whitten families are tremendous advocates for people with Down syndrome, and not surprisingly, supporters of Special Olympics. Like Special Olympics events, the Gala celebrated people’s differences in an inclusive, fun, and engaging way. Many Special Olympics athletes walked across the stage to uproarious applause, flashing cameras, and giant smiles from the audience. Kudos to the Sie and Whitten families on a great event that celebrates the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities. See the attached picture of a few of our Special Olympics staff that attended: Kester Edwards, Jerry Holy, Amy Shellard, and myself, and Sebastian Hernandez, one of the stars featured for the evening.

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