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unites and recognizes the community’s most active leaders in the name of inclusion.
5:00 PM | Monterra at WestWorld
Through raising funds and awareness for Best Buddies, our Champions will generate countless opportunities for friendships, jobs, leadership development and inclusive living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). At the campaign’s conclusion, we will join together to celebrate each other’s accomplishments, honor the Champions’ collective impact, and name the ultimate Champion of the Year!
Help us continue to provide these meaningful opportunities to people with IDD by supporting a Champion’s campaign, purchasing tickets, becoming a corporate sponsor, or making a general donation to the cause. We hope you’ll join us in this global movement!
At the conclusion of the 10-week campaign, we hope you’ll join us for the 18th Annual Spirit of Friendship Gala, where we will crown our newest Champion of the Year! This year’s event theme with the vibrant colors and luxurious comforts of old Havana! This year’s gala will feature an inspiring program, gourmet food and craft cocktails provided by M Culinary, a spectacular live and silent auction, and amazing entertainment — this is one night in paradise that you will not want to miss!
If you are interested in sponsoring this event or becoming a Champion of the Year candidate, please reach out to Trevor Paxton at email@example.com.
Friday, November 12, 2021
5:00 PM – VIP Champagne Reception (Invite Only)
5:30 PM – Silent Auction & Cocktail Hour
7:00 PM – Dinner, Event Program & Live Auction
9:00 PM – After Party (Hosted by DJ Tarvis of TNT DJ & Sound)
11:00 PM – Event Ends
Monterra at WestWorld
16601 North Pima Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
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All funds raised benefit Best Buddies – the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Our programs empower the special abilities of people with IDD by helping them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society.
The IDD community that Best Buddies serves includes, but is not limited to, people with Down Syndrome, Autism, Fragile X, Williams Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, traumatic brain injury and other undiagnosed disabilities.