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Dear Best Buddies Supporters,
Best Buddies in Ohio’s primary interest is the health and safety of our participants, staff and volunteers. This is our top priority. We have been closely monitoring the developments with COVID-19 in Ohio and due to the growing concerns surrounding safety and the well-being of our community, we have decided to postpone our Champion of the Year Gala.
As always, Best Buddies is committed to ending the social isolation of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Everything we do is in an effort to bring people together and create a more accepting world. And that will never change.
Although our event has been postponed, our silent auction will remain open from now until March 26th 10pm. We have some great items that we just can’t hold onto until our rescheduled date. Help us continue to spread friendships in Ohio, not germs:
Support our Auction Here
As we navigate the days and weeks ahead, please know that we will continue to closely monitor this rapidly-evolving situation. We will work diligently to ensure that we have the right plans and resources in place, in adherence to the expert guidance and recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local public health authorities. We will adjust our plans as needed and communicate directly with you when necessary. To stay up-to-date on recent developments and the actions being taken in preparation for COVID-19, click here.
As always, we thank you for your continued support and look forward to eventually celebrating inclusion with you and naming our 2020 Grand Champion.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.
State Director, Ohio
Through nine-weeks of raising funds and awareness for Best Buddies, our Champions will generate countless opportunities for friendships, leadership development, and jobs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. At the campaign’s conclusion, we will join together at the Gala to celebrate each other’s accomplishments, honor the Champions’ collective impact, and name Ohio’s Grand Champion of the Year!
Lynsey & Brad Jordan
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.