The 14th Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle Presented by Pepsi-Cola raised $4.5 million for Best Buddies International, a nonprofit dedicated to creating opportunities for friendship, employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The event was co-chaired by Lieutenant Governor of California Gavin Newsom and Steve Hearst. More than 1,200 people participated in the Challenge—a charity walk, run and ride down the scenic coast of California. The event kicked-off with the welcoming reception on Friday September 8 at the Hearst Ranch, where guest enjoyed cocktails, a catered dinner, and a program that highlighted the achievements of the Best Buddies mission and of the supporters. The classic event was another success that brought together local and global supporters.