14th Annual Best Buddies Gala

Featuring Champion of the Year

November 11, 2022

6:00 - 11:00 PM  |  Nashville, TN


Thank You!!!

Thank you for participating in this year’s Champion of the Year event! Because of you, we were able to raise funds to sustain and help expand our Best Buddies programs in the area. We look forward to having you at next year’s event. With your help and support, our mission of inclusion lives on!

As one of the area’s most anticipated events, hundreds of guests will fill the stunning Liberty Hall at the Factory at Franklin for a one-of-a-kind celebration. Attendees will enjoy elegant food, drinks, robust silent & live auctions, and live music from The Downtown Band, all while supporting the mission of Best Buddies and making Tennessee a more inclusive place.

We’re also excited to name our 2022 Best Buddies Champion of the Year at the Gala! Champion of the Year unites and recognizes the community’s most active leaders in the name of inclusion, and it started in Tennessee in 2010. Since then, more than 1,500 Champions have competed in the friendly competition nationally, raising a collective $19.5 million dollars for Best Buddies programs across the country. We look forward to honoring our Champions with you!


Friday, November 11, 2022
6:00-7:00 PM | Cocktail Hour
7:00-9:00 PM | Dinner & Gala
9:00-11:00 PM | Afterparty & Concert


Liberty Hall | The Factory at Franklin
230 Franklin Rd., Franklin, TN 37064

Event Contact


JohnThomas Atema

Congrats to our 2022 Tennessee Champion of the Year

JohnThomas Atema
Raised $98,513 for Best Buddies in Tennessee

A Glimpse of the Party

Meet our 2022 Champion Candidates

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About Best Buddies

All funds raised benefit Best Buddies – the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Our programs empower the special abilities of people with IDD by helping them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society.

The IDD community that Best Buddies serves includes, but is not limited to, people with Down Syndrome, Autism, Fragile X, Williams Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, traumatic brain injury and other undiagnosed disabilities.

We Love our Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

Additional Sponsors

For event information and sponsorship opportunities, contact WillMacon@BestBuddies.org or LisaRife@bestbuddies.org.