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Best Buddies® is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). CLICK to See Best Buddies Maryland Website
Founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant, international organization that has grown from one original chapter to more than 1,900 middle school, high school, and college campuses across the country and internationally.
Best Buddies programs engage participants throughout the United States and across the globe. We have accredited international programs on six continents, with additional programs actively being developed in multiple countries. Our eight formal programs – Best Buddies Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies, Promoters, Jobs and Ambassadors – positively impact over 900,000 individuals. Best Buddies volunteers annually contribute, at no cost to their communities, support services that equate to more than $170 million USD.
Even though Best Buddies has advanced tremendously in our short existence, many areas of the country and many regions of the world still lack programs to help people with IDD become part of mainstream society. Our goal is to continue expanding nationwide and at the local community level, while more broadly engaging the global community through our programs.
To establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with IDD.
Currently, Best Buddies Maryland operates 100 chapters in schools across the state, serves more than 5,000 residents and impacts more than 50,000 individuals. Best Buddies Maryland has also launched the Jobs program. The program matches skilled and qualified individuals with IDD with businesses seeking enthusiastic and dedicated employees. Through the Jobs program, Best Buddies develops partnerships with employers, assists with the hiring process and provides ongoing support to the employee and employer.
Tastebuds is a unique Best Buddies Maryland tasting event that features an elite group of fine-dining Baltimore restaurants serving signature dishes. The restaurant chefs team up with a buddy pair, who serve as the “sous chefs” for the evening. Guests enjoy sampling an array of culinary delights while sipping on drinks at the open bar. Guests also have the chance to bid on fabulous silent and live auction items.
In 2016, more than 350 guest descended on Baltimore’s new Horseshoe Casino for the 5th annual Best Buddies Tastebuds event. The new location provided an exciting new venue for the event. CLICK to Look Back on 2016 Event
Guest dined and were treated to amazing fair from the 16 great restaurants including Ruth’s Chris, Capital Grille and Fusion. They sipped on signature drinks from Hangar One and Dobel Tequila. All of our restaurants were paired with sous chefs from our Best Buddies Citizens and College programs.
Details for 2017 Event:
WHEN – Friday, November 10, 2017
WHERE – The Grand Lodge of Maryland – Hunt Valley, Maryland
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Presenting - $10,000Gold - $5,000Silver - $2,500Bronze - $1,500Table (10) - $1,000I Can't Help This Year