unites and recognizes the community’s most active leaders in the name of inclusion.
October 20, 2023
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM| San Francisco, CA
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!
Auctioneer: Ellen Toscano – The Singing Auctioneer
Graduate from NYU, 10-year principal performer in San Francisco’s “Beach Blanket Babylon,” recording artist and Benefit Auctioneer & Fundraising Consultant extraordinaire!
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, and leadership development. At the Best Buddies Champion of the Year celebration, we honor the Champions’ collective impact and name the ultimate Champion of the Year!
Friday, October 20, 2023
6-7 pm: Cocktails
7-10 pm: Dinner and program
InterContinental San Francisco Hotel
888 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Please note the only parking available at the hotel is valet for $50. Overnight parking is not available at the hotel. The closest public parking garage is at 5th and Mission and costs $5 per hour. Street parking is limited, so please plan accordingly.
For public transportation, the hotel is two blocks away from the Powell Street BART station.
For questions about Gala accessibility, please contact ChristinePreziosi@bestbuddies.org.
A Glimpse of the Party…
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.