We would like to take a moment to say THANK YOU for making the 2017 Best Buddies Friendship Walk the biggest in Capital Region history! Whether you attended, volunteered, or donated, your support made the event a huge success! We surpassed our goal of $370,000, raising $435,000 in total.
I’m thankful for my job at Good360, a non-profit organization. I’m thankful for having people who I work with on the projects I complete.
I joined Best Buddies because I wanted to expand my UVA circle beyond college peers and to bring community inclusion onto the university grounds. Some of my friends in college have special needs and some of them don’t – we all love and cheer each other on just the same!
As Thanksgiving approaches and I consider what I’m most thankful for, Best Buddies stands out in my mind. From the strong one-on-one connection that I share with my buddy Caitlin, to the bonds I share with all of Oakton’s buddies, the friendships I’ve gained through this club have completely changed my life.
October is such a fun month in Best Buddies because there is this overwhelming sense of new beginnings: a new season, new chapter members, new buddy pairs.
I have to admit that, initially, I was a little bit discouraged when I walked onto Indiana University’s campus for the Best Buddies Leadership Conference. I have wanted to have a buddy for the entirety of high school, but as a Promoter school member, I felt less involved than my fellow Capital Region leaders who have buddies and lead friendship chapters.
I was a little nervous about attending the Best Buddies Leadership Conference (BBLC) because I didn’t know any of the people who were going… but that changed even before we left for Indiana!
Best Buddies Prom is our modern take on the traditional gala, with simultaneous parties for both students and adults. While students dance the night away and enjoy photo booths and plenty of food and soft drinks, adults partake in a chef tasting, an open bar, and a silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind items and experiences making Prom the Beltway’s ultimate party with a purpose.
On Wednesday March 1, West Potomac High School’s Best Buddies chapter held their Spread the Word to End the Word event . Crowds of students swarmed the giant blue banner and pledged their support to stop using the r-word, Ledo Pizza fed the whole school, and 94.7 Fresh FM Morning Show Host – and Capital Region Board Chair – Tommy McFly spoke to the students about the importance of retiring the r-word.
Best Buddies Month is a time for Best Buddies participants to reflect on the importance of friendship, jobs, and the development of future leaders. Most importantly, it is a time to show the world the significance of these essentials in every individual’s life. What began in 1993 as a one-day event has become a month-long celebration of the Best Buddies mission. 2017 marks our 28th Anniversary, and we want you to celebrate the impact our friendship, jobs, and leadership development programs have had on your life.