unites and recognizes the community’s most active leaders in the name of inclusion.
November 2, 2023
5:00 PM | Albuquerque, NM
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!
The 2023 Champion of the Year Gala will be a fun-filled celebration with delicious food, a cash bar, fabulous silent and live auctions you won’t want to miss, and silent disco!
Best Buddies Champion of the Year is a competitive fundraising campaign that unites and recognizes leaders of inclusion in local communities nationwide.
Champion Candidates commit to raising funds and awareness for Best Buddies throughout their campaign. Our Champions advocate for the Best Buddies mission and will generate countless opportunities for friendships, jobs, and leadership development. At the Best Buddies Champion of the Year celebration, we honor the Champions’ collective impact and name the ultimate Champion of the Year!
Thursday, November 2, 2023
5:00 pm: Event Check-in
5:30 pm: Silent Auction Cocktail Hour
6:30 pm: Dinner and Program
Sandia Resort Bien Shur Restaurant
30 Rainbow Rd
Albuquerque, NM 87113
Congrats to our 2023 New Mexico Champion of the Year
New Mexico 2023 Champion of the Year Gracie Flanagan
Raised $8,477.66 for Best Buddies in New Mexico
Click here for our Nationwide Champion Winners
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.