unites and recognizes the community’s most active leaders in the name of inclusion.
November 3, 2023
6:00 PM | Cleveland, OH
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!
Join us for Friendsgiving! This is our third annual Gala at Tenk West Bank warehouse in Downtown Cleveland. Attendees will enjoy elegant food, drinks, robust silent & live auctions, and music, all while supporting the mission of Best Buddies and making Ohio a more inclusive place.
We’re also excited to name our 2023 Best Buddies GRAND Champion of the Year at the Gala! Champion of the Year unites and recognizes the community’s most active leaders in the name of inclusion. For ten weeks, Champions will raise funds in a friendly competition to see who can raise the most by 9 p.m. the night of the Gala! We look forward to honoring our Champions with you!
Thank you to our 2023 Event Chairs: Mary Beth & John Lee
Friday, November 3, 2023
6:00 PM – Doors Open, Registration, Cocktails & Silent Auction
7:15 PM – Dinner & Event Program
9:30 PM – GRAND CHAMPION ANNOUNCEMENT & Dancing!
Tenk West Bank
2111 Center St.
Cleveland, OH 44113
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.