BBMA to Host 7th Annual Tastebuds Event
The event will feature food from 20 of Baltimore’s Top Restaurants
Best Buddies Maryland, a leader in the global movement to end the isolation of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), will host its 7th Annual Tastebuds Event on Friday, November 9 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The special evening, which features chefs from the area’s top restaurants, will be held at the Grand Lodge of Maryland, located at 304 International Circle in Cockeysville. The event will feature signature dishes from 20 of the best Baltimore restaurants, exquisite specialty cocktails, and both live and silent auctions.
Rob Long, co-host of the “Big Bad Morning Show” on 105.7 The Fan, will serve as the event’s Master of Ceremonies. Keith Scott and Rebecca Klein Scott, owners of TALLsmall Productions LCC, will serve as the evening’s auctioneers.
“In 2012, a group of local business leaders teamed up with Best Buddies Maryland to create a signature culinary event to help showcase local restaurants, and to raise funds and awareness for Best Buddies,” said Vince Fiduccia, Maryland State Director. “Since then, this annual event – dubbed Tastebuds – has raised nearly $500,000 for our programs and services.”
“Last year, 20 restaurants participated and served signature dishes to more than 350 guests, generating more than $103,000 for the organization,” Fiduccia added.
The restaurants that are generously participating in this year’s event include: Baltimore Coffee and Tea, Barrett’s Grill, Bon Vegan, Brookside Market, Cake by Jason, The Capital Grille, Casa Mia’s, Charles Village Pub, Fusion, Iron Rooster, Jimmy’s Famous Seafood, McFaul’s Iron Horse Tavern, Michael’s Café, Mother’s North Grille, Parfections Homemade Gourmet Chocolates, Rouge Fine Catering, Superior Oyster Shuckers and Wicked Sisters.
For more information about the Tastebuds event and to purchase tickets, please visit www.bestbuddies.org/tastebudsmd.
Best Buddies Maryland matches nearly 1,200 students and adults with IDD in one-to-one friendships. So far this year, over 5,600 Marylanders have participated in Best Buddies programs and more than 56,000 have been positively impacted.
Today, Best Buddies reaches 105 schools in Maryland, but there are still 500 schools without the program.
“Our programs positively impact not only individuals with IDD, but they also help change attitudes on inclusion, bullying and respect across the student body and faculty,” Fiduccia said. “Best Buddies programs also give our student buddies without IDD a chance to become leaders and voices of change in their community.”
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 nearly 2,500 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 50 countries, positively impacting the lives of more than 1.2 million 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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