5th Annual Best Buddies’ Mother’s Day Brunch Presented by Live Nation Raises $450,000 for Individuals With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Event Hosted By Vivica A. Fox With Special Performance By Brandy
Malibu, CA, May 9, 2022 – This past weekend, Best Buddies International raised $450,000 at the 5th Annual Best Buddies’ Celebration of Mothers in Malibu, California. The funds will expand the organization’s mission of inclusion through one-to-one friendships, leadership training, jobs, and integrated living opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
This year’s event was hosted by Author, Producer, Director, Actress, and longtime Best Buddies supporter Vivica A. Fox and featured entertainment by Singer and Songwriter, Brandy.
The event celebrated mothers all around the world, particularly mothers of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. During the event, Madeline Borkin, Vice President, Member Development and Executive Sponsor, Chief Diversity Officer Board at the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp), was presented with the 2022 Best Buddies’ Mother of the Year award.
Key highlights from the event include Best Buddies Talent Relations Board Member and Director of Philanthropy at SALXCO Rima Fakih Slaiby presenting Best Buddies Global Ambassador Joshua Felder with the inaugural Excellence in Leadership Award and Singer Brandy and SALXCO presenting Best Buddies International with a $50,000 donation to support the organization’s mission of inclusion.
This event, as always, brought together several celebrity supporters. In attendance were Ashley Greene, Radha Mitchell, Greg Germann, Randall Park, Greg Fitzsimmons, Keely Shaye Smith and her son Paris, Sara Rue, Breegan Jane, Crystal Minkoff, Lana Parrilla, Maureen McCormick, Charlotte McKinney, Wassim ‘Sal’ Slaiby, Rima Fakih Slaiby, Shenseea, Elyanna, Ilham, Massari, Draya Michele, Ava Maybee, Tara Conner, and Adam Waheed.
Corporate sponsors for this year’s event include Title Sponsor, Live Nation, in addition to ABC Disney, Spotify, YouTube, and the Wasserman Foundation.
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, leadership development and inclusive living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant organization that has grown from one original chapter to nearly 3,000 middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Today, Best Buddies’ nine formal programs — Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies®, Jobs, Ambassadors, Promoters and Inclusive Living — engage participants in each of the 50 states and in 54 countries, positively impacting the lives of more than 780,000 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, or Twitter.
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