BEST BUDDIES SOUTH FLORIDA TO HOST FRIENDSHIP WALK IN DOWNTOWN MIAMI

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Benefiting Best Buddies International

Best Buddies International, a nonprofit dedicated to creating opportunities for friendship, employment and leadership training for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), is pleased to announce the Best Buddies Friendship Walk in South Florida on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Museum Park. The event will feature the state walk honoree, long-time Best Buddies supporter and employer of individuals with IDD, Holland & Knight.

The Best Buddies Friendship Walk in South Florida is the latest life-changing movement created by Best Buddies. Since 2009, more than 55,000 participants have walked in more than 26 states and three countries, raising more than $5 million for Best Buddies. Ultimately, the Friendship Walk changes lives, as participants walk for inclusion, friendship, leadership, and opportunity for people with and without Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD).

“We are thrilled to bring the Best Buddies Friendship Walk to the ever-expanding Downtown Miami area,” said Anthony K. Shriver, Founder and Chairman of Best Buddies International. “This community is incredibly passionate about helping Best Buddies grow its mission of friendship, inclusion and jobs for those within the IDD community, and this Walk is a great way to bring the South Florida community together and get the entire family involved in giving back and serving others.”

Best Buddies South Florida is proud to have 2,500 (and counting) participants lacing up their shoes to walk for inclusion this month. Registration begins at 9a.m.and commences at 10a.m. at Museum Park Downtown Miami, 1075 Biscayne Boulevard. Following the Walk, please join Best Buddies for a day of fun, family, fitness and friendship. From a rock climbing wall and obstacle course, to a bounce house, face painting to fitness classes- it is a day you will not want to miss.

Those interested in participating in the Friendship Walk are encouraged to register on the walk website: www.bestbuddiesflorida.org/soflawalk. Participants can create or join a team to raise awareness and funds with family, friends and co-workers.  Best Buddies South Florida also welcomes volunteers for the day of the event.  Volunteers may also register on the Friendship Walk website.

Proceeds from the Friendship Walk play a fundamental part in funding our state programs that provides one-to-one friendships, leadership development and integrated job opportunities for individuals with IDD. These programs can be found in all 50 states and will create promising opportunities for more than 350,000 people this year.

Over the years, Best Buddies Friendship Walks have made a profound impact in communities nationwide. Every Friendship Walk promotes an atmosphere for new friendships and most of all, inclusion for all people.

Walk for inclusion. Walk for friendship. Walk for a better community.

Friendship Walk sponsors include: Presenting Sponsors Level 3 Communications LLC; Gold Sponsors Celebrity, Florida Community BankGray Robinson Attorneys at Law, IPC, MasterCard, SubwayValue Store It.

ABOUT BEST BUDDIES INTERNATIONAL:

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. Founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant organization that has grown from one original chapter to more than 1,900 middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Today, Best Buddies’ eight formal programs — Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies® , Jobs, Ambassadors, and Promoters — engage participants in each of the 50 states and in over 50 countries, positively impacting the lives of more than 900,000 people with and without disabilities around the world. In many cases, as a result of their involvement with Best Buddies, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities secure rewarding jobs, live on their own, become inspirational leaders, and make lifelong friendships. For more information, please visit www.bestbuddies.org,facebook.com/bestbuddies or twitter.com/bestbuddies.


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