Bala Cynwyd Middle School recently hosted the 2nd Annual Middle School Best Buddies Buddy Ball as members of local Best Buddies programs gathered to celebrate a magical night of inclusion. At this year's event, under the theme of Carnival of Friends, Buddies and Peer Buddies danced, played carnival games, made friendship bracelets, earned prizes and more throughout the fun-filled and entertaining evening.
Advisors Megan Wiley, Jim O'Brien and Erin Laird, along with members of BC Best Buddies, worked diligently for months in preparation for the event to make it the perfect night for all attending Best Buddies members and their families who made their way from Welsh Valley, Colonial, Garnet Valley, Paxon Hollow, Owen J. Roberts, J. R. Fuggett, Stetson and Pierce middle schools. To view a slideshow of pictures from throughout the night, click on the image below!
Along with their work on the Best Buddies Ball, the BC Best Buddies have been busy with a variety of important activities and initiatives throughout the year including their efforts for Spread the Word Inclusion Day and Rock Your Socks for Down Syndrome. Best Buddies also hosts an annual Friendship Walk, which will take place on April 28th at King of Prussia Mall. If you would like to join Bala Cynwyd's Team, click here.
BC Best Buddies named "Outstanding Chapter of the Year"
In other related Best Buddies news, Milli Protheroe, Best Buddies Area Manager, recently presented Bala Cynwyd with 2017-2018 "Outstanding Chapter of the Year Award" for all of the incredible work they have done in support of the Best Buddies mission.
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. Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant organization that has grown from one original chapter to almost 2,500 middle school, high school and college chapters worldwide. Today, Best Buddies' seven formal programs – Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies, Jobs, Ambassadors and Promoters – engage participants in each of the 50 states and in 54 countries, positively impacting the lives of nearly 900,000 people with and without disabilities around the world. 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, click here.