Best Buddies International to Host Virtual Friendship Walk in Support of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Manchester, NH — Best Buddies International, a groundbreaking nonprofit founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development and inclusive living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is excited to announce the first-ever national Best Buddies Virtual Friendship Walk on June 20, 2020. The Best Buddies Virtual Friendship Walk is the latest life-changing movement. Since 2009 more than 200,000 participants have walked in over 50 cities and raised more than $21 million for Best Buddies International.
“Our Friendship Walks are one of Best Buddies' most celebrated events, bringing communities together online where they can experience our mission in action. This year, we’re excited to share a concept that’s unique, captivating and different than anything we’ve ever done with our first-ever virtual walk,” said Anthony K. Shriver, Founder, Chairman & CEO of Best Buddies International. “Walk participants significantly impact the achievement of our mission along with the employer partners that continuously empower our participants with special abilities by actively making not just New Hampshire, but the world, a more inclusive place.”
Best Buddies in New Hampshire is proud to have $64,000 and 264 participants participating in our walk for inclusion, all working to surpass 2019’s fundraising goal of $85,000. Participants will share a video or photo on social media of walking in their home, neighborhood or other chosen location and inspire friends and family to support the Walk. Opening Ceremonies will kick off at 11:15 a.m. EST on the Best Buddies in NH Facebook page to highlight the top fundraising, corporate and school teams. The national Virtual Friendship Walk will continue at 11:45 a.m. EST on the Best Buddies International’s Facebook page and Instagram account led by Anthony K. Shriver, celebrity ambassadors, participants and supporters from all over the world to virtually walk for acceptance, inclusion and FRIENDSHIP! This online journey will showcase the Best Buddies mission first hand – creating a more inclusive world for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Proceeds from the Virtual Friendship Walk are fundamental in supporting state programs that provide one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development and inclusive living. These programs can be found in all 50 states and will create promising opportunities for more than 350,000 people this year.
Walk for inclusion. Walk for friendship. Walk for a better New Hampshire.
This year’s Best Buddies Virtual Friendship Walk in New Hampshire sponsors and corporate partners include:
Our Title Sponsor: The New Hampshire Liquor Commission, our Presenting Sponsor: Heritage Helps Foundation, and our Community Sponsors: Casella, Restoration FourSquare Church, Siddharth Services, Inc. Eastern Bank, Community Bridges, Centerpoint Church, Merrimack County Savings Bank, Color Street, Woodbury School, McLaughlin Middle School
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, leadership development and inclusive living 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 nearly 3,000 elementary school, middle school, high school, and college Friendship and Promoter chapters worldwide. Today, Best Buddies’ nine formal programs — Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies®, Jobs, Ambassadors, Promoters and Inclusive Living— engage participants in each of the 50 states and in 56 countries and territories, positively impacting the lives of over 1.3 million 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 independently, become inspirational leaders and build lifelong friendships. For more information, please visit www.bestbuddies.org or connect with us via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.