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May 4-7, 2020
To continue social distancing and prioritizing the health and safety of our community, the Best Buddies team has made the decision to host our Champion of the Year event virtually on Thursday, May 7.
During times like these, our friends with disabilities can be feeling more isolated than ever. That is why we must remain focused on the needs of our community and reaffirm the importance of creating a more accepting world for people of all abilities.
Monday, May 4 and closing on Thursday, May 7. You can register today and will be notified when the items are live.
Visit: ctchamps.givesmart.com to get started.
This is a new format for our Gala, and we are very excited to be celebrating alongside you to showcase the heart and soul of our mission — inclusion for all.
Raising funds and awareness for Best Buddies, our Champions will generate countless opportunities for friendships, jobs, and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 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!
5 Star Team Champion: Maired Aiken
5 Star Team Champion: Connor Dapp
5 Star Team Champion: Maddie Dolge
5 Star Team Champion: Brooklyn Geida
5 Star Team Champion: Ella Makowski
5 Star Team Champion: Brooklyn Mastracchio
Champion: Amy Davies
Mission Partner: Abby Meyer
Champion: Dan Blackwood
Champion: Danielle Trusch
Mission Partner: Cate Fleury
Team Cigna Champion: Willis Gee
Team Cigna Champion: Mark Boxer
Champion Matthew Busey
Mission Partner: Kevin Busey
Champion: Peter Ramsay
Mission Partner: Brendan LeMieux
Champion: Richard Fries
Mission Partner: Angelo Santiago
Champion: Spencer Cain
Champion: Stephanie Berman
Mission Partner: Emma Conroy
Come raise a glass to our Champions and officially launch the contest
Support your favorite Champion (or Champions – you can have more than one!)
Eat, drink, and be merry – celebrate all our Champions and crown the winner
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.