I would hesitate before saying I went to Best Buddies Leadership Conference (BBLC) Opening “Ceremonies” last night. I think of ceremonies as rather formal, dry events where people give speeches and hand out awards. While that did happen, I don’t think “ceremonies” was the proper term for the night. It is much more likely we all attended the BBLC opening PARTY or CONCERT. Maybe I’m a BBLC rookie, but last night’s event was much too fun to be called a mere ceremony.
If you aren’t able to make it to Leadership Conference this year, make sure to check it out for free online! We will be livestreaming our opening and closing ceremonies, as well as our Saturday morning educational sessions. This is the schedule of livestreamed events:
- Friday, July 20: 8 PM – 10 PM (opening ceremony)
- Saturday, July 21: 8:30 AM – 12 PM (educational sessions)
- Sunday, July 22: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM (closing ceremony)
Today, the first staff arrived in Bloomington to prepare for Leadership Conference! Upon arriving around 1 PM, I was introduced to its charm. This college town definitely has character and, better yet, the nicest people. Local establishments are well aware of the impact of Best Buddies, and they show it! Soma, a nearby coffee shop, decorated its window welcoming us to Bloomington.
I can’t wait to see what else Bloomington and its residents have to offer. If you’ve never been here, get ready for great hospitality. And Bloomington better get ready, as an INCLUSION REVOLUTION 1,500 strong takes over the city.
Official LC countdown: 5 more days!