unites and recognizes the community’s most active leaders in the name of inclusion.
November 13, 2022
5:30 PM | Honolulu, HI
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 ten-week fundraising and awareness-raising campaign that unites and recognizes our communities’ most active leaders for inclusion. Our Champions are advocates for the Best Buddies mission and generate opportunities for friendships, jobs, leadership development and inclusive living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
On November 13th, Best Buddies in Hawai’i ‘ohana will celebrate the end of the campaign with our Champion of the Year Friendship Jam, an incredible concert with some of Hawaii’s most beloved musicians, as well as delicious food and drinks, a silent and live auction and, of course, our fabulous Ambassadors talking story. Come cheer our BBHI Champions’ collective impact and watch as we crown our Grand Champion Team of the Year!
This year’s talented – and generous – artists include: Kelly Boy DeLima, Kaʻimi Hananoʻeau, Kawika Kahiapo, Alx Kawakami, Kimié Miner, and longtime Best Buddies champion Henry Kapono.
You can support Best Buddies and continue to provide these meaningful programs for 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. Join the movement!
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.
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