BEST BUDDIES | Ending Social, Physical & Economic Isolation of the 200 Million People with IDD / by Eric Monteiro

The 20th Annual Best Buddies Miami Gala takes place at the Ice Palace Studios on November 18th. One of the season’s most talked about events, the Best Buddies gala is always a spectacular affair where influential guests gather to raise funds and celebrate the organization’s mission of supporting and creating friendship and leadership opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The theme for this year’s gala is Rock Legends! The evening includes an auction, world class entertainment and a gourmet dinner by Thierry Isambert Culinary and Event Design. For more information about the event, including tickets and sponsorship, click here.

19th Annual Best Buddies Miami Gala (2015) | Recap 

Last year’s 19th Annual Best Buddies Gala at the Ice Palace raised $2.5 million. The theme honored their middle and high school volunteers who are instrumental in making their Friendship Program a success. Thierry Isambert Culinary and Event Design catered the sit-down dinner, and customized the menu and presentation to match the theme by serving dinner on stylized school cafeteria lunch trays. Desserts included playful Pacman Dome Cakes and whimsical ghost cookies. The 19th Annual Gala was named best event out of 100 in the Benefit Gala category by Bizbash.

Best Buddies International

“Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the the 200 million people with IDD.” The organization works to establish a global volunteer movement that fosters friendships between people with IDD and those without. They also create leadership opportunities and help secure employment for people with IDD.

For more information about Best Buddies or if you want to volunteer or make a donation, click here.

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). Founded in 1989 by Anthony K.