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unites and recognizes the community’s most active leaders in the name of inclusion.
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM | Virtual Event
Once again, Best Buddies in Hawaii’s annual Friendship Jam will join forces with Champion of the Year, a fundraising competition featuring a select group of individuals, professionals and leaders prominent in the Hawai’i community. A Best Buddies Champion is someone who embraces philanthropy and who uses the connections within their communities to advocate for inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our Champions are all of those things and more.
Following the eight-week campaign, Best Buddies will recognize the candidate who has raised the largest amount in donations at our virtual Champion of the Year Friendship Jam event which will air November 19th at 7:00 PM HST on K5 (with encores on KHNL and KGMB), and livestream at HawaiiNewsNow.com/bestbuddies, HawaiiTheatre.com, and Facebook.com/bestbuddieshi.
This year’s emcee is actor and KUMU radio host Devon Nekoba who will join our Best Buddies Ambassadors to talk about all of our programs and introduce performances by musical artists Alx Kawakami (pre-show 6:30 – 7:00 PM HST), John Cruz, Ginai, and Henry Kapono. There will also be a silent auction and Bid From the Heart session.
While attendance is free, we ask that you register for the concert so we can send you exciting updates as we get close to the event date. We are also suggesting a recommended donation of $25, with all proceeds going to Best Buddies in Hawai’i programming.
Mahalo nui loa! We can’t wait to celebrate with you!
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Thursday, November 19, 2020
6:30 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. Pre-show streaming online at HawaiiNewsNow.com/bestbuddies, HawaiiTheatre.com, and Facebook.com/bestbuddieshi.
7:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. Concert on Channel K5 (with encores on KHNL and KGMB) and streaming online at HawaiiNewsNow.com/bestbuddies, HawaiiTheatre.com, and Facebook.com/bestbuddieshi.
Channel K5 (with encores on KHNL and KGMB) and streaming online at HawaiiNewsNow.com/bestbuddies, HawaiiTheatre.com, and Facebook.com/bestbuddieshi.
Mission Manager Stephany Yee-Autele
Mission Manager Jessica Garlock
Mission Manager Ho’opi’o Balaz
Chastity Aranda & Shane Trout
Mission Manager Greg Smith
Mission Manager Timothy Renken
Mission Manager Kari Furoyama
Mission Manager Malia Fukushima
Mission Manager Juan Paolo Arnobit
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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.