Best Buddies Virginia & DC

Best Buddies Virginia & DC Friendships, Jobs & Leadership Development Founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant, international organization that has grown from one original chapter to almost 1,500 middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide.

Best Buddies programs engage participants in each of the 50 United States, and in 50 countries around the world. Best Buddies’ seven formal programs – Best Buddies Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies, Jobs and Ambassadors – positively impact nearly 700,000 individuals with and without disabilities worldwide. Best Buddies volunteers annually contribute, at no cost to their c

Best Buddies programs engage participants in each of the 50 United States, and in 50 countries around the world. Best Buddies’ seven formal programs – Best Buddies Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies, Jobs and Ambassadors – positively impact nearly 700,000 individuals with and without disabilities worldwide. Best Buddies volunteers annually contribute, at no cost to their c

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Grateful to have such amazing friendships grow in our chapters!!Featured: McLean High School Best Buddies ❤️🤍
11/18/2021

Grateful to have such amazing friendships grow in our chapters!!

Featured: McLean High School Best Buddies ❤️🤍

Join us for a Fall Fest-themed carnival put together by Best Buddies in VA & DC student leaders! We plan to get together...
11/17/2021

Join us for a Fall Fest-themed carnival put together by Best Buddies in VA & DC student leaders! We plan to get together to celebrate this year so far and thank you all for your great work this year just in time for thanksgiving. Admission will be $5 per person and discounted for schools that are providing a booth!

Register: https://forms.bestbuddies.org/4903690?eventId=a184P000019NyoB

Join us for a Fall Fest-themed carnival put together by Best Buddies in VA & DC student leaders! We plan to get together to celebrate this year so far and thank you all for your great work this year just in time for thanksgiving. Admission will be $5 per person and discounted for schools that are providing a booth!

Register: https://forms.bestbuddies.org/4903690?eventId=a184P000019NyoB

11/16/2021

Our Langley HS Best Buddies chapter knows the perfect way to wrap-up their super fun events: by having a Taylor Swift dance party, of course 🤍🧣

Come join our Citizens friends all over the country for a fun fall festival! We’ll have a lot of games and surprises in ...
11/16/2021

Come join our Citizens friends all over the country for a fun fall festival! We’ll have a lot of games and surprises in store for everyone so you wouldn’t want to miss this! Come prepared in fun festive fall outfits and ready to celebrate this fun season with friends virtually. This event is open only to Citizens participants and will be virtual on Zoom.

*This event will be on Zoom. The event link will be sent to those who register. The Zoom app needs to be downloaded on a computer, tablet, or mobile device – sign up free.

RSVP: https://forms.bestbuddies.org/4903690?eventId=a184P000019Nupc

Come join our Citizens friends all over the country for a fun fall festival! We’ll have a lot of games and surprises in store for everyone so you wouldn’t want to miss this! Come prepared in fun festive fall outfits and ready to celebrate this fun season with friends virtually. This event is open only to Citizens participants and will be virtual on Zoom.

*This event will be on Zoom. The event link will be sent to those who register. The Zoom app needs to be downloaded on a computer, tablet, or mobile device – sign up free.

RSVP: https://forms.bestbuddies.org/4903690?eventId=a184P000019Nupc

Our wonderful chapters are taking advantage of the beautiful fall weather and foliage.How are you and your friends celeb...
11/15/2021

Our wonderful chapters are taking advantage of the beautiful fall weather and foliage.

How are you and your friends celebrating this beautiful fall season?

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11/12/2021

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11/12/2021

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11/12/2021

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Thank you to all who served, from your friends here at Best Buddies in Virginia and Washington DC! #VeteransDay
11/11/2021

Thank you to all who served, from your friends here at Best Buddies in Virginia and Washington DC! #VeteransDay

Thank you to all who served, from your friends here at Best Buddies in Virginia and Washington DC! #VeteransDay

Wow! What a night! Beyond celebrating our ten Champions of Inclusion for their stunning promotion of friendship, we hono...
11/10/2021

Wow! What a night!

Beyond celebrating our ten Champions of Inclusion for their stunning promotion of friendship, we honored Best Buddies’ Best Friend Tommy McFly with the inaugural Tiffany & Co. Diane Ray Brown Lifetime of Friendship Award at the Champions of Inclusion Celebration on November 5, 2021!

Brandon Clay, Director at Tiffany & Co. City Center DC, and Diane’s family were with us as we surprised Tommy with this recognition for his support, passion and commitment to Best Buddies Virginia & DC over the last decade. Thank you Tommy!

Wow! What a night!

Beyond celebrating our ten Champions of Inclusion for their stunning promotion of friendship, we honored Best Buddies’ Best Friend Tommy McFly with the inaugural Tiffany & Co. Diane Ray Brown Lifetime of Friendship Award at the Champions of Inclusion Celebration on November 5, 2021!

Brandon Clay, Director at Tiffany & Co. City Center DC, and Diane’s family were with us as we surprised Tommy with this recognition for his support, passion and commitment to Best Buddies Virginia & DC over the last decade. Thank you Tommy!

Wow! Friday night was spectacular. Thank you for joining our Champions of Inclusion celebration to recognize our 10 inau...
11/09/2021

Wow! Friday night was spectacular. Thank you for joining our Champions of Inclusion celebration to recognize our 10 inaugural Champion of the Year candidates and their mission partners. It was so amazing being together in person again. We are thrilled to share that together we raised over $155,000! Special appreciation to our donors, sponsors, chefs, volunteers, and friends for making this a night to remember!

And drum roll please..... CONGRATULATIONS to our 2021 Champion of the Year, Rosie Pollak, and her mission partner, Courtney Veatch, who together raised over $14,000 to support our mission of inclusion! We are so inspired by everything you accomplished.

Join Best Buddies Citizens friends on an exciting and one-of-a-kind tour of the National Museum of the United States Arm...
11/08/2021

Join Best Buddies Citizens friends on an exciting and one-of-a-kind tour of the National Museum of the United States Army! The National Museum of the United States Army is the official museum for the history of the United States Army. This tour is catered specifically for Best Buddies and we are really excited to show what the museum has in store!

Link in bio to register!

Join Best Buddies Citizens friends on an exciting and one-of-a-kind tour of the National Museum of the United States Army! The National Museum of the United States Army is the official museum for the history of the United States Army. This tour is catered specifically for Best Buddies and we are really excited to show what the museum has in store!

Link in bio to register!

Can’t attend our Champions of Inclusion Celebrarion at Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center tonight? No...
11/05/2021
Champion of the Year

Can’t attend our Champions of Inclusion Celebrarion at Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center tonight?

No worries! We’ll be live streaming on our GiveSmart platform, the same platform as our auction! You’ll be able to browse, bid, and watch us celebrate our champions, with our wonderful emcee, Tommy McFly.

Stay tuned here: https://e.givesmart.com/events/o4Y/

Help Best Buddies Virginia & DC spread the word about 2021 VADC Champion of the Year!

Ready! Set! Bid!Will you be joining us TOMORROW, November 5th for our inaugural Champions of Inclusion Celebration? Our ...
11/04/2021

Ready! Set! Bid!

Will you be joining us TOMORROW, November 5th for our inaugural Champions of Inclusion Celebration? Our Champions and Mission Partners have been working hard the past month and a half to raise funds and awareness for Best Buddies and we can't wait to celebrate their success! Before we crown the Champion of the Year we'll enjoy tasty bites prepared by our seven local celebrity chefs and their buddy sous chefs and an expansive silent and live auction. This is an event that you don't want to miss!

Purchase your tickets now at bestbuddieschampion.org/vadc/rsvp.

Can't attend? You can still support Best Buddies by bidding on the silent auction virtually at VADCCOY.givesmart.com

Can't wait to see you there!

Ready! Set! Bid!

Will you be joining us TOMORROW, November 5th for our inaugural Champions of Inclusion Celebration? Our Champions and Mission Partners have been working hard the past month and a half to raise funds and awareness for Best Buddies and we can't wait to celebrate their success! Before we crown the Champion of the Year we'll enjoy tasty bites prepared by our seven local celebrity chefs and their buddy sous chefs and an expansive silent and live auction. This is an event that you don't want to miss!

Purchase your tickets now at bestbuddieschampion.org/vadc/rsvp.

Can't attend? You can still support Best Buddies by bidding on the silent auction virtually at VADCCOY.givesmart.com

Can't wait to see you there!

48 HOURS TO GO! Will you be joining us this Friday, November 5th for our inaugural Champions of Inclusion Celebration? O...
11/03/2021

48 HOURS TO GO!

Will you be joining us this Friday, November 5th for our inaugural Champions of Inclusion Celebration? Our Champions and Mission Partners have been working hard the past month and a half to raise funds and awareness for Best Buddies and we can't wait to celebrate their success! Before we crown the Champion of the Year we'll enjoy tasty bites prepared by our seven local celebrity chefs and their buddy sous chefs and an expansive silent and live auction. This is an event that you don't want to miss!

Purchase your tickets now at bestbuddieschampion.org/vadc/rsvp.

Can't attend? You can still support Best Buddies by bidding on the silent auction virtually - it opens TONIGHT! Can't wait to see you there!

48 HOURS TO GO!

Will you be joining us this Friday, November 5th for our inaugural Champions of Inclusion Celebration? Our Champions and Mission Partners have been working hard the past month and a half to raise funds and awareness for Best Buddies and we can't wait to celebrate their success! Before we crown the Champion of the Year we'll enjoy tasty bites prepared by our seven local celebrity chefs and their buddy sous chefs and an expansive silent and live auction. This is an event that you don't want to miss!

Purchase your tickets now at bestbuddieschampion.org/vadc/rsvp.

Can't attend? You can still support Best Buddies by bidding on the silent auction virtually - it opens TONIGHT! Can't wait to see you there!

We can’t wait! Our Champions of Inclusion Celebration is THIS FRIDAY at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Tra...
11/01/2021

We can’t wait!

Our Champions of Inclusion Celebration is THIS FRIDAY at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center but it’s not too late to purchase your tickets!

Visit this link to purchase: https://www.bestbuddieschampion.org/vadc/rsvp/

From Best Buddies Virginia & DC's Champions of Inclusion Celebration and the last Capital Book Fest of the year to the second installment of #WTCDC’s fall series of “A Seat at the Table” – check out some of the events + happenings at #RRBITC this month: https://conta.cc/3Es0hU6

What a weekend! We had not one but TWO amazing events hosted by our Champion of the Year candidates! 1) Champion of the ...
11/01/2021

What a weekend! We had not one but TWO amazing events hosted by our Champion of the Year candidates!

1) Champion of the Year candidate, Maria B. and her Mission Partner, Hannah D., hosted a brunch this past Sunday and had an amazing turnout!
2) Champion of the Year candidate, Brannon B., and his Mission Partner, Owen C., hosted a pumpkin carving party to raise funds and celebrate Halloween!

Visit this link to support our candidates and/or to purchase your tickets to our Champions of Inclusion Celebration THIS FRIDAY:
https://www.bestbuddieschampion.org/vadc/rsvp/

HAPPY HALLOWEEN FROM OUR SPOOKY AND SPECTACULAR CHAPTERS 🎃👻✨
10/31/2021

HAPPY HALLOWEEN FROM OUR SPOOKY AND SPECTACULAR CHAPTERS 🎃👻✨

The one week countdown starts now! Will you be joining us next Friday, November 5th for our inaugural Champions of Inclu...
10/29/2021

The one week countdown starts now! Will you be joining us next Friday, November 5th for our inaugural Champions of Inclusion Celebration? Our Champions and Mission Partners have been working hard the past month and a half to raise funds and awareness for Best Buddies and we can't wait to celebrate their success! Before we crown the Champion of the Year we'll enjoy tasty bites prepared by our seven local celebrity chefs and their buddy sous chefs and an expansive silent and live auction. This is an event that you don't want to miss!

Purchase your tickets now at bestbuddieschampion.org/vadc/rsvp.

Can't attend? You can still support Best Buddies by bidding on the silent auction virtually - it opens next week! Can't wait to see you there!

The one week countdown starts now! Will you be joining us next Friday, November 5th for our inaugural Champions of Inclusion Celebration? Our Champions and Mission Partners have been working hard the past month and a half to raise funds and awareness for Best Buddies and we can't wait to celebrate their success! Before we crown the Champion of the Year we'll enjoy tasty bites prepared by our seven local celebrity chefs and their buddy sous chefs and an expansive silent and live auction. This is an event that you don't want to miss!

Purchase your tickets now at bestbuddieschampion.org/vadc/rsvp.

Can't attend? You can still support Best Buddies by bidding on the silent auction virtually - it opens next week! Can't wait to see you there!

Thank you to our Citizens peer buddy, Alexandria, for visiting Best Buddies Living last night to teach our residents how...
10/28/2021

Thank you to our Citizens peer buddy, Alexandria, for visiting Best Buddies Living last night to teach our residents how to cook a yummy dinner!

We appreciate you so much! 🍛✨

Best Buddies in Virginia & DC Champions of Inclusion Celebration is the evening of November 5th, at the Ronald Reagan Bu...
10/28/2021
RSVP (vadc) - Best Buddies Champion

Best Buddies in Virginia & DC Champions of Inclusion Celebration is the evening of November 5th, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC. We have ten local Champions who have soared in a friendly competition to spread the word about inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and raise funds.

Everyone in our community is welcome to attend the event – we are practicing all safety measures and the gathering will be less than 250 – in addition to honoring our ten Champions, we have SEVEN local celebrity chefs who will create a variety of dishes with their Buddy Sous Chefs for the event – in a socially distant/safe way - including: Chloe, Gravitas, Lebanese Taverna Restaurant Group, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Stellina Pizzeria, Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats, and Taco Bamba! It will be a great night to put a toe back into socializing and all for a good cause. We know that our candidates would love a cheering section.

Buy your tickets: www.bestbuddieschampion.org/vadc/rsvp/

If you can’t attend – consider participating in our auction - we already have a stunning array of silent and live auction items - including: A Tuscan Wine Experience for 2 couples for 3 nights by Total Wine & More ($5K value); and tickets to the brand new Capital One Hall in McLean, VA for a show for their inaugural season and we just got a two night stay with breakfast daily at the historic Chatham Bars Inn in Cape Cod – plus more fun stuff. The auction will go live online mid-next week (watch here for the link!) – so you can participate virtually to win some cool items.

We are looking forward to a marvelous celebration–– Come to the party!

We’d love to have you attend with your family or friends – we so want to celebrate with you - buy your tickets: www.bestbuddieschampion.org/vadc/rsvp/

Thank you for your interest in this year’s event! In an effort to protect the health and well-being of our participants and supporters, Best Buddies will be requiring all event attendees to either provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result within 72 hours of ent...

The inaugural Champions of Inclusion Celebration is next Friday, November 5th and we are thrilled to finally announce th...
10/26/2021

The inaugural Champions of Inclusion Celebration is next Friday, November 5th and we are thrilled to finally announce the full list of our 2021 Chefs and their Buddy Sous Chefs!

�Chef Haider Karoum of Chloe and Katherine Montgomery
Chef Matt Baker of Gravitas and Ashley Counts
Chef Grace Shea of Lebanese Taverna Restaurant Group and Jenny Holden
Chef Houman Gohary of Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center and Edwin Miller
Chef Matteo Venini of Stellina Pizzeria and Maggie Ourlian
Chef Doron Petersen of Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats and Arjun Hemphill�
Chef Victor Albisu of Taco Bamba and Kelvin Cifuentes�

Purchase your tickets here to join us for tasty bites and to see who will be crowned the Champion of the Year: https://www.bestbuddieschampion.org/vadc/rsvp/

Less than two weeks to go until our inaugural Champions of Inclusion Celebration and we hope that you plan on joining us...
10/25/2021

Less than two weeks to go until our inaugural Champions of Inclusion Celebration and we hope that you plan on joining us! On Friday, November 5th we'll gather together for the first time in two years to recognized our amazing Champion of the Year candidates. It's going to be a one-of-a-kind celebration of inclusion! We already have a stunning array of silent and live auction items, and we can't forget about our seven local celebrity chefs who will create a variety of tasty bites with their buddy sous chefs.

Purchase your tickets here: https://www.bestbuddieschampion.org/vadc/rsvp/

We can't wait to see you there!

Less than two weeks to go until our inaugural Champions of Inclusion Celebration and we hope that you plan on joining us! On Friday, November 5th we'll gather together for the first time in two years to recognized our amazing Champion of the Year candidates. It's going to be a one-of-a-kind celebration of inclusion! We already have a stunning array of silent and live auction items, and we can't forget about our seven local celebrity chefs who will create a variety of tasty bites with their buddy sous chefs.

Purchase your tickets here: https://www.bestbuddieschampion.org/vadc/rsvp/

We can't wait to see you there!

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Last week’s Best Buddies Virginia & DC Champions of Inclusion Celebration brought back SO many memories! Meet Matthew! We first met during one of my first Best Buddies events ten years ago when he was 8 and we reunited last week, with him as one of the Mission Partners! He’s now a student at Vanderbilt University and an absolute ROCKSTAR! Best Buddies International's mission never fails to bring people back together, no matter where they are.
Last week’s Best Buddies Virginia & DC Champions of Inclusion Celebration brought back SO many memories! Meet Matthew! We first met during one of my first Best Buddies events ten years ago when he was 8 and we reunited last week, with him as one of the Mission Partners! He’s now a student at Vanderbilt University and an absolute ROCKSTAR! Best Buddies International's mission never fails to bring people back together, no matter where they are.
The Best Buddies Virginia & DC auction is now LIVE! You can enjoy the live auction at tonight’s Champions of Inclusion Celebration OR browse and bid virtually from the comfort of your own home. Don’t miss out on wine tours, vacation packages, signed memorabilia, and so much more! Follow the link NOW:
The Best Buddies Virginia & DC auction is now LIVE! You can enjoy the live auction at tonight’s Champions of Inclusion Celebration OR browse and bid virtually from the comfort of your own home. Don’t miss out on wine tours, vacation packages, signed memorabilia, and so much more! Follow the link NOW: https://e.givesmart.com/events/o4Y/
The countdown is ON! We’ve got 48 hours until Best Buddies Virginia & DC’s Champions of Inclusion Celebration and this is not an event you’d want to miss! We are celebrating incredible people and their mission towards inclusion for all with an incredible auction and chefs from all over DC! The auction will go live TONIGHT so keep an eye out on their platforms to check it out! Head over here to get your ticket: https://www.bestbuddieschampion.org/vadc/rsvp/
The countdown is ON! We’ve got 48 hours until Best Buddies Virginia & DC’s Champions of Inclusion Celebration and this is not an event you’d want to miss! We are celebrating incredible people and their mission towards inclusion for all with an incredible auction and chefs from all over DC! The auction will go live TONIGHT so keep an eye out on their platforms to check it out! Head over here to get your ticket: https://www.bestbuddieschampion.org/vadc/rsvp/
Get your tickets to Best Buddies Virginia & DC's Champions of Inclusion event this Friday, 11/5 and celebrate local changemakers while enjoying an awesome evening of food from local celebrity chefs and their buddy sous chefs, a silent + live auction and more! Purchase your tickets here: https://bit.ly/3GK6IUn
From Best Buddies Virginia & DC's Champions of Inclusion Celebration and the last Capital Book Fest of the year to the second installment of #WTCDC’s fall series of “A Seat at the Table” – check out some of the events + happenings at #RRBITC this month: https://conta.cc/3Es0hU6
next in person event i miss guys
Welcome to the holiday edition of Taste BUDs! For this episode, we will be making Santa’s Trash Cookies, a yummy sweet and salty treat! Get your oven mitts and your baking supplies ready because this is going to be a fun one! 🍪🎅 Register here: https://bit.ly/2VPdNgc
Hello everyone! My name is Theresa Gardner and I am starting a virtual yoga class for people with disabilities and their friends! It is going to be a low-intensity workout with a focus on meditation and deep breathing. The first class is THIS Monday, July 20th, at 1:00 with another one on Wednesday and Friday @ 1. I hope to continue the class through the summer and fall. The zoom link is attached to the flyer and this message. If you're in a wheelchair, I have created chair variations for you so ALL are welcome! If you have any further questions or concerns, please email me at [email protected]. Bring a mat/towell and your smile and I so look forward to meeting all of you! 🙂 Join Zoom Meeting https://cua.zoom.us/j/93711214029 Meeting ID: 937 1121 4029
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