November 17, 2022
6:00 PM | Austin, TX
Best Buddies in Central Texas is thrilled to announce that we will be hosting the inaugural Best Buddies Champions of Inclusion Celebration at VUKA on Thursday, November 17, 2022. The evening, hosted by Best Buddies in Central Texas, is dedicated to celebrating our mission of inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Join us for Polynesian inspired food and drinks, plus a stellar silent auction, live music, hula lessons all while supporting the mission of Best Buddies and making Central Texas a more inclusive place. Rustytolliver@bestbuddies.org. For general information regarding Best Buddies programs in Central Texas, please go to bestbuddies.org/texas.The Best Buddies Champions of Inclusion Celebration will honor and recognize those who have been Champions for our mission. Champions are committed to empowering the abilities of people with IDD by raising awareness, funds for program expansion and by providing opportunities for meaningful friendships, leadership opportunities and integrated employment in Central Texas. We envision a future where every person with IDD is given the opportunity to be valued for their abilities and feel a sense of belonging in their community. Your support will help us get there. If you are interested in learning more about the event, sponsorships, or ticketing opportunities, please reach out to Rusty Tolliver at
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!
Best Buddies Champion of the Year is a competitive fundraising campaign that unites and recognizes the community’s most active leaders of inclusion. Champion Candidates commit to raising funds and awareness for Best Buddies over an 8-12 week campaign. Our Champions are advocates for the Best Buddies mission and 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 celebrate at the Best Buddies Champion of the Year Gala to honor the Champions’ collective impact and name the ultimate Champion of the Year!
You can support Best Buddies and continue to provide these meaningful opportunities to people with IDD by becoming a Champion, supporting a Champion’s campaign, purchasing tickets, becoming a corporate sponsor, or making a general donation to the cause. We hope you’ll join the movement!
Thursday, November 17, 2022
6:00 PM: Cocktail Hour and Silent Auction
7:00 PM: Program and Dinner
Vuka – Bouldin Creek
411 W Monroe St.
Austin, TX 78704
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.