Jorge Morilla is a long-time Best Buddies Ambassador, Jobs employee, and Miami Dolphins super fan. Jorge never misses an opportunity to talk about the first time he became involved with Best Buddies on October 30, 1994 when he was matched in the citizens program. As an accomplished ambassador and Anthony Kennedy Shriver’s buddy, Jorge has been involved in numerous Best Buddies Challenges, Galas, and Walks. he even participated in the 2014 Hearst Castle Challenge as a rider starting at the 100 mile start! Jorge works at the Hyatt Regency, where he was hired through the Best Buddies Jobs Program. “Best Buddies is my express ticket to social and financial success,” is a phrase he proudly adds to every speech!
Below is Jorge’s speech that he gave at this year’s Miami Gala:
Good evening, everyone! My name is Jorge Morilla. I’m a lifetime south Floridian & former 5 Time MIAMI DOLPHINS Season Ticket holder. I am also a former 1 time MIAMI HEAT season ticket holder. Any heat fans in the house? Raise your hands!
I have a lot of stories to tell about Best Buddies, and I do mean a lot. But I won’t make you sit through all of them. Well maybe just a few.
I’ve been a proud participant of this wonderful organization for the last 24 years. On a personal level it means friendship, employment, social and financial success, and freedom. It has allowed me to do things I would have never done before. I have met so many friends. I go to Dolphins games and Heat games or watch them on the tube with friends I’ve made. Best Buddies has been my express ticket to success!!
My buddy is Anthony Kennedy Shriver and over the years I’ve come to know him really well. In the past I’ve spent time with his parents Eunice and Sarge and I’ve also spent a lot of time with his kids. I’ve been to their house many many times and have gone to his kid’s sporting events.
All around, I’ve been great buddies with Anthony it is great to be a part of his family.
I am a global ambassador and leader for this organization. One time I crossed the International boundaries and spoke at the Best Buddies Gala in Mexico City where I gave my speech in Spanish. I was also on the BBI board of directors. I got to discuss the big issues while on the board.
One of the things I’m most proud of is what I’ve achieved through Best Buddies Jobs. I have been working at Hyatt Regency Miami for 22 years. At the Hyatt, I support staff and help with laundry department. I ensure that all of the guests are having a five star experience. My job coach will come to see how I’m doing and if I need anything. That support has been extremely helpful and it’s been nice to have someone I can reach out to with any questions or concerns.
Overall, thanks to Best Buddies, I am successful at the Hyatt. Having a job has given me the chance to be independent and support myself. With the money that I’ve made from working, I’ve been able to buy season tickets for the Miami Dolphins 5 times and I’ve even been to the Super Bowl!!
Friendships. Leadership opportunities. Advocates. Employment. Independence. Everyone deserves to lead a fully inclusive and independent life!
I want to give a warm hearted thanks to everyone here, tonight! Your support makes it possible for Best Buddies to be all over the United States and in 5 continents abroad!
Thank you for listening to me today. Enjoy the rest of the evening and go Dolphins!