Best Buddies International Opens Office in Ohio
Anthony K. Shriver Announces the Opening of the Newest Best Buddies State Office
Columbus, OH, Feb. 3, 2016–– 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 excited to announce the opening of its newest office in the state of Ohio.
The Best Buddies Ohio office will be located in Columbus and will work to expand Best Buddies programs in schools and communities throughout the state while providing support to existing chapters in Ohio (Ohio State University, Miami University, University of Dayton, Grandview Heights High School, Hamilton High School, and Kings Run Middle School).
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to expand the Best Buddies mission of friendship and social inclusion throughout the state of Ohio,” said Anthony K. Shriver, Founder and Chairman of Best Buddies International. “The team in Ohio has done an amazing job laying the foundation for their state office and I couldn’t be more proud of them. Best Buddies programs of friendship, leadership development and integrated employment will undoubtedly create positive change for the thousands of people throughout the state of Ohio with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”
Janet Callison was selected as State Director after spearheading efforts to open the office for the past two years. Callison was inspired to establish Best Buddies in Ohio because of her son, Silas, age 15 with Down syndrome.
“Best Buddies brings out the best in all of us. The organization was founded on the premise that each one of us, no matter our abilities, has what it takes to be a friend, a classmate, a co-worker and a valued member of their community,” said Callison. “Because of the generosity of people throughout the state, the diligent leadership of our Expansion Board, and the support of Best Buddies International, Best Buddies Ohio can now facilitate opportunities that will absolutely change lives.”
The opening of the state office will be celebrated at the upcoming Best Buddies Ohio Gala “OH! What a Night!” on April 16, 2016 at the Ohio Statehouse. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available at: bestbuddies.org/ohiogala
ABOUT BEST BUDDIES INTERNATIONAL:
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. Founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant organization that has grown from one original chapter to more than 1,900 middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Today, Best Buddies’ eight formal programs — Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies® , Jobs, Ambassadors, and Promoters — engage participants in each of the 50 states and in over 50 countries, positively impacting the lives of more than 900,000 people with and without disabilities around the world. In many cases, as a result of their involvement with Best Buddies, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities secure rewarding jobs, live on their own, become inspirational leaders, and make lifelong friendships. For more information, please visit www.bestbuddies.org, facebook.com/bestbuddies or twitter.com/bestbuddies.
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