Best Buddies Panama: ¡Grandes Amigos!


Best Buddies Panama was launched in 2008 in Panama City with the support of Fundación Caminemos Juntos. Their High School chapters have generated interest from corporate entities, such as Audi Latin America, and influential members of the Panamanian Government.

In July of 2008, their inaugural event honored the then-First Lady of Panama, Vivian Fernandez de Torrijos, with the Spirit of Leadership Award for her admirable work to further integrate people with intellectual disabilities into Panamanian society.

With over 200 guests including the former President Martín Torrijos, Best Buddies Panama was introduced on a grand scale. Executives from Audi, as well as Anthony Shriver, were also in attendance.

Internationally-renowned Panamanian artist, Olga Sinclair, created a painting that was auctioned at the event to raise funds for our new programs. However, the spotlight of the night shown most brightly upon the Best Buddies pair that spoke about their experiences with the program and warmed the attendees’ hearts with the laughter of their friendship.

This auspicious beginning has joyously led to vibrant current program chapters, which continue to attract the energy of volunteers and supporters alike. Best Buddies Panama is indeed a program that is most worthy of their Panamanian title of ¡Grandes Amigos!

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About Best Buddies

Best Buddies® is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

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