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18th Annual Best Buddies Miami Gala: Southeast Asia


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MIAMI, November 13, 2014  – Best Buddies International, a groundbreaking nonprofit founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is pleased to announce its 18thAnnual Best Buddies Miami Gala  at The Fontainebleau Miami Beach on Friday, November 21. Read More…

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Fifth Annual Audi Best Buddies Challenge: Washington, D.C. Raises Close To $2.5 Million For Best Buddies International


WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 18:  Cyclists prepare at the 2014 Audi Best Buddies Challenge on October 18, 2014 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 18: Cyclists prepare at the 2014 Audi Best Buddies Challenge on October 18, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, Oct.19, 2014 – Close to 1,500 people took part in the Audi Best Buddies Challenge: Washington, D.C. – a charity walk, run and ride chaired by Scott Keogh, President of Audi of America, on Saturday, October 18. The Challenge raised close to $2.5 million in total donations for Best Buddies International, a nonprofit 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).

The Challenge weekend kicked-off with a 25th Anniversary VIP reception on Friday, October 17, at Georgetown University where the organization first began. Challenge Honorary Co-Chair Ted Leonsis and Coach of the NHL Washington Capitals Barry Trotz, and Best Buddies Founder and Chairman Anthony K. Shriver – attended the cocktail reception, along with dozens of top supporters and Best Buddies participants. Read More…

Challenge Yourself to Change Lives at the Fifth Annual Audi Best Buddies Challenge: Washington, D.C.


WASHINGTON, Oct. 10, 2014  — Best Buddies International, a nonprofit dedicated to creating opportunities for friendship, employment and leadership training for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), is pleased to announce that Scott Keogh, President of Audi of America, will serve as Chairman of the Audi Best Buddies Challenge: Washington, D.C. Nearly fifteen-five hundred people are expected to participate in the Challenge – a charity walk, run and ride to benefit Best Buddies International – on October 17.

Ted Leonsis, CEO of Monumental Sports and owner of the Washington Capitals, Washington Mystics and Washington Wizards, and his wife, Lynn Leonsis, will serve as Honorary Chairs of the event along with Best Buddies participant Ken Holden.

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Billionaire Carlos Slim and Best Buddies International Founder Anthony K. Shriver Call on Employers to Pledge “I’M IN TO HIRE” Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities


New Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) report highlights the business benefits from hiring people with IDD

Business leaders, celebrities and supporters across the nation are joining billionaire industrialist Carlos Slim and Anthony K. Shriver, founder and chairman of Best Buddies International, today to challenge employers to pledge “I’M IN TO HIRE” individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

I’M IN TO HIRE is a campaign that seeks to raise awareness of the lack of employment for those living with IDD and to showcase the measurable business benefits of hiring them.

According to National Core Indicators (NCI), a staggering 85% of adults with developmental disabilities did not have a paid job in the community in 2012-2013. When qualified candidates are unable to find a job, it perpetuates statistics like this one, and limits the ability of individuals with IDD to gain financial independence.

One of Best Buddies’ three key mission pillars is to enrich the lives of people with IDD by helping them secure jobs and gain financial independence.

“People with IDD are incredibly talented, loyal, hard-working and driven individuals who have the ability to contribute to the workplace but unfortunately they are disproportionately unemployed in our nation and beyond, said Shriver who founded Best Buddies International in 1989. “The impact individuals with IDD have made on our society is beyond exceptional and the work place should be no different.”

Rooted in the key findings of the groundbreaking 2014 report by the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp), “Employing People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities,” I’M IN TO HIRE will bring to light the significant business benefits of hiring people with IDD so that more companies will take action. High-performance organizations surveyed for the study who currently employ people with IDD, such as the law firm Holland & Knight and Silicon Valley Bank, reported the following benefits:

  • 57% reported the addition of highly motivated employees who are good talent matches
  • 43% said it produces measureable and observable business benefits
  • 47% reported an inclusive culture attractive to talent pools
  • 60% said it supports their diversity and inclusion strategy

“It is our responsibility and commitment to help solve the problems of our society, complementing the government’s efforts,” said Slim, a longtime supporter of Best Buddies who is working to expand its programs throughout Latin America. “The I’M IN TO HIRE campaign is challenging all of us around the world to open our minds and consider people with intellectual and developmental disabilities as qualified, dependable, employable candidates. These individuals are dedicated, skilled workers and it is clear that their involvement in the economic activity is relevant for all of society.”

“Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities comprise an underutilized population of potential employees. Yet, our research reveals many ways employing workers with IDD has a positive influence on co-workers, customers, the community and a company’s bottom line.” said Kevin Martin, Chief Research and Marketing Officer, Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp).

Celebrities including Cheryl Hines, Carl Lewis, and Lauren Potter have already taken the “I’M IN TO HIRE” pledge, as well as business executives and elected officials across the country.

“I challenge corporations all over the world to invest in and hire this incredible group of people, not only because it’s the right thing to do, but because it’s a great business investment, one that increases company’s bottom lines and improves their corporate culture,” Shriver said. “Today we ask corporations, government agencies, small businesses, nonprofits and others to pledge “I’M IN TO HIRE” for a more inclusive workplace.”

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Maria Shriver and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom to Return as Honorary Co-Chairs of the 11th Annual Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle


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Carmel, CA, August 20, 2014 – Best Buddies International, a nonprofit dedicated to creating opportunities for friendship, employment and leadership training for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is pleased to announce that journalist and activist Maria Shriver and Lieutenant Governor of California Gavin Newsom will return as Honorary Co-Chairs of the 11th Anniversary Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle. More than 1,500 people are expected to participate in the Challenge – a charity walk, run and ride to benefit Best Buddies International – on September 6. Read More…

Leaders From Around the World to Unite in the Name of Inclusion at the 25th Annual Best Buddies International Leadership Conference in Bloomington, Indiana, Presented by C.A. Hartnell


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Bloomington, Ind(July 16, 2014)  Summer vacation will hold a special meaning for over 2,000 student leaders, volunteers, and staff from Best Buddies International’s programs around the world, who will participate in the 25th Annual Best Buddies Leadership Conference  presented by C.A. HartnellJuly 25-28 at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Best Buddies is a nonprofit 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).

This year’s conference will prepare the organization’s students leaders to be strong, passionate forerunners on the Journey to Innovation, challenging communities and inspiring the world one person at a time. Read More…

Audi: Best Buddies Celebrity Bowling Event in Downtown Los Angeles a Striking Success!


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Los Angeles, April 27, 2014 – Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars were in attendance at the Audi: Best Buddies Bowling for Buddies event at LuckyStrike Lanes at L.A. Live on April 27, which was presented by Audi.

This charity event, designed to raise awareness about Best Buddies International, a nonprofit that provides opportunities for friendship, employment and leadership development skills to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), brought out a bevy of the organization’s notable supporters and participants, many of whom brought along their families.

Bowling for Buddies Committee Members Maureen McCormick, Nancy O’Dell and Lauren Potter joined Jamie Brewer, Adam Gaynor from Matchbox 20, Cheryl Hines, Nick and Joe Jonas, Holly Robinson Peete, Maria Shriver, Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo and Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih, as well as their families, for an afternoon of bowling and bonding with Best Buddies participants from the Los Angeles area and their loved ones. Read More…

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