Champion of the Year: Aspen

Unites and recognizes the community’s most active leaders in the name of inclusion.

July 5, 2024

6:00 PM | Aspen, CO


Thank You!

Thank you for participating in this year’s Champion of the Year event! Because of you, we were able to raise funds to sustain and help expand our Best Buddies programs in the area. We look forward to having you at next year’s event. With your help and support, our mission of inclusion lives on!

gala en blanc event banner

Best Buddies Champion of the Year is a competitive fundraising campaign that unites and recognizes leaders of inclusion in local communities nationwide.

Champion Candidates commit to raising funds and awareness for Best Buddies throughout their campaign. Our Champions advocate for the Best Buddies mission and will generate countless opportunities for friendships, jobs, leadership development, inclusive living, and family support. At the Best Buddies Champion of the Year celebration, we honor the Champions’ collective impact and name the ultimate Champion of the Year!

Use this section to insert custom content.


Friday, July 5, 2024

5:30 PM Cocktail Hour and Silent Auction
7:00 PM Dinner
7:30 PM Program Begins
8:45 PM Champion of the Year is announced
9:00 PM Dancing with DJ Pamela Tick

Attire: White Cocktail


Hotel Jerome
330 E Main St.
Aspen, CO 81611

Event Contact

DJ Pamala Tick

DJ and Creative, Pamela Tick, exemplifies the meaning of multi-hyphenate. Pamela began her career in the fashion industry growing a large following on Instagram through assisting, styling & getting involved in NY’s greatest networking with brands and people. Pamela quickly picked up DJing and from there, her presence in front of the camera and on social media took off. Pamela’s look plays on polarity, toeing the line between ultra fem, with her signature waist length blonde hair and her cool, chic tomboy style. Pamela’s love for music is what brought her to DJ. After being told she has excellent music knowledge and a knack for starting a party, she began playing events in New York City and then soon started playing top events around the globe.

Meet our Champion Candidates

Champion winner

Congrats to our 2024 Aspen Champion of the Year


Raised $XX,XXX for Best Buddies in Aspen

Champion winner

Colorado: Aspen


A Glimpse of the Party...

Best Buddies Logo

Why Participate...

All funds raised benefit Best Buddies – the largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people worldwide with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Our programs empower people with IDD to form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure jobs, improve communication and advocacy skills, and live independently, while also offering support for their families.

The IDD community that Best Buddies serves individuals with IDD and their families. The IDD community includes, but is not limited to, people with Down syndrome, autism, Fragile X, Williams syndrome, and other undiagnosed disabilities.

Thank You to our Host Committee

Event Chair: Carla Maresca Eichler

Carla Maresca Eichler is an employment attorney with Littler Mendelson, P.C., and the Owner/President of Lotasi Designs, LLC. Her stunning hatbands are sold at Kemo Sabe stores nationwide. Her designs have a global following and can be found at:

Carla began attending Best Buddies events in the Hamptons over a decade ago and has devoted years of service and philanthropy to various missions. In addition to donating her time as the event chair, she is also a member of the advisory board of our local Roaring Fork Valley chapter.

Host Committee

Alicia and Daniel Adams • Jane Becnel • Chuck & Brielle Block • Jamie Levitt & CJ Burger • Marla Butler • Chequers Home • Lauren & Ryan Elston • Aaron King • Mandy & Andy Welgos • Tracy, Whitney, & Grace McLaughlin /The McLaughlin Team • Amy Mottier • Kimberly & Scott Resnick • Shelly & Barry Rosenberg • Drita & Ricky Rosin • Skyline Estate Management & Gus Oliver • Michelle and Ken Stiller

We Love our Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

Signature Sponsors

Jamie Levitt & CJ Burger
The VandeBoom Family
Alicia Alpaca logo
John Mahedy
Hartman family
Snow logo
Streeter Flynn Vodka
Streeter Flynn Vodko

Additional Sponsors

seth rogers
Mandy Welgos
Kimberly and scott resnick
Etkin and Gilbert
Lisa & Mike Haisfield
The Becnel Law Firm
the patterson family

For sponsorship opportunities and other event inquiries, please contact: