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DJ Khaled

Special Guest Performer

DJ Khaled

The 24th Annual Best Buddies Miami Gala and Champion of the Year is a spectacular and impactful event. This year we will be adding an exciting new Champion of the Year element. Champion of the Year is a competitive fundraising campaign that unites and recognizes the community’s most active leaders of inclusion. Champion Candidates commit to raising funds and awareness over a 10-week campaign. Adding this component will bring a fun mission twist to the event—culminating in the crowning of the Champion of the Year or the person who raises the most funds for Best Buddies!

At the campaign’s conclusion, 600 loyal Best Buddies supporters—including business leaders, political dignitaries, sports figures, and celebrities—will gather for an exclusive event featuring a gourmet dinner, dazzling entertainment, a top-notch auction and the announcement of the Champion of the Year!

The auction will feature a range of items including fine art, dining, sports memorabilia, vacations & staycations, health & fitness, accessories and one-of-a-kind VIP experiences. Proceeds from the event will go towards supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) who are routinely misjudged and ignored.

Friday, November 18, 2022

Ice Palace Studios
1400 N. Miami Ave.,
Miami, FL 33136

Dress Code: Cocktail Chic

6:30 p.m. Cocktails and Silent Auction

8:30 p.m. Gourmet Dinner

9:30 p.m. Announcement of the Champion of the Year

10:30 p.m. Musical Performance by DJ Khaled

Cindy Crawford, Best Buddies Global Ambassador and Supermodel, poses with two female Best Buddies program participants.

The Spirit of Friendship Award is Best Buddies’ highest accolade presented to individuals who have shown a true spirit of friendship and generosity in supporting the organization’s mission of inclusion for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Honoring Best Buddies’ Global Ambassador Cindy Crawford at the 2022 Best Buddies Gala: Miami

Cindy Crawford was first introduced to Best Buddies in 1998 when she presented her dear friend Herb Ritts with the organization’s Spirit of Friendship Award. For more than 20 years, Cindy has served as an incredible advocate, genuine friend, and dedicated supporter of Best Buddies and its mission to create a more inclusive world for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Over the years, Cindy formed genuine friendships and bonds with many of our participants and their families and supported the organization with the launch and success of its annual Mother’s Day Celebration in Malibu, CA. She also introduced her celebrity friends to Best Buddies; many of whom have joined her in championing inclusion for people with IDD.

Best Buddies is incredibly grateful for Cindy Crawford’s commitment to our cause and thank her for making this world a better place for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Meet Our 2022 Champion of the Year Candidates

This group of dedicated Best Buddies supporters are competing to raise funds to support friendships, jobs, leadership development and inclusive living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). At this year’s Miami Gala, we will celebrate their fundraising efforts and award the top fundraiser the title of Best Buddies Champion of the Year! To learn more and to support these individuals’ fundraising efforts, click their profile. For information on becoming a Champion candidate, please contact MarthaLagarde@bestbuddies.org.

Fundraising Goal

The fundraising goal for this year’s Gala is $2.6 million in revenue from sponsorships, ticket sales and live and silent auctions.

Thanks to you, we are creating more friendships, jobs and leadership opportunities for our program participants! See what we’ve accomplished — with your support — in the Best Buddies Challenge: Miami and Miami Gala 2019 Impact Report.

Sponsors

For information on Sponsorships,
please contact:
Noelle Smikle
Development
NoelleSmikle@bestbuddies.org

Auction

For information on Auctions,
please contact:
Marissa Mann
Manager, Special Events Operations
marissamann@bestbuddies.org

Sponsors

For information on Sponsorships,
please contact:
Noelle Smikle
Development
NoelleSmikle@bestbuddies.org

Fundraising Goal

The fundraising goal for this year’s Gala is $2.6 million in revenue from sponsorships, ticket sales and live and silent auctions.

Thanks to you, we are creating more friendships, jobs and leadership opportunities for our program participants! See what we’ve accomplished — with your support — in the Best Buddies Challenge: Miami and Miami Gala 2019 Impact Report.

Auction

For information on Auctions,
please contact:
Marissa Mann
Manager, Special Events Operations
MarissaMann@bestbuddies.org