Best Buddies Nevada Hosts 10th Annual Champion of the Year Gala


LAS VEGAS (October 2, 2019) – Best Buddies Nevada, a local non-profit organization will host their 10TH annual Champion of the Year Gala starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday November 9, 2019, at Caesars Palace.

The highlights of the evening will include, an award ceremony to recognize and honor 11 community champion nominees. Best Buddies proudly announces the names of the champions, Anna Billings, Cristina Paris, Daryl Sprague, Nicole Davis, Paul Brooks Jr., Cliff Miller, Heidi Glassman, Isabella McGinnis, Kaylah Harris, Nicole Huerta and Jamie Philips. These Champions will compete over an 8-week period to raise funds and awareness for Best Buddies Nevada. At the conclusion of the campaign, Best Buddies will celebrate each other’s collective impact at the Gala and name the ultimate Champion of the Year. “Our champions’ support assists us in expanding our program to new schools and communities, bringing us one step closer to making sure that every student and adult with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) experiences true friendship,“ said Charlene Blackstone, state director of Best Buddies Nevada.

Guests will enjoy a fun interactive evening with exciting photo booths and live entertainment by DJ Jack Stylez from e320 entertainment group. Happy hour starts with appetizers, fine wine and craft beer. Guests will delight in a gourmet dinner and a silent auction with special experiences for guests to bid on. Jeff Kurkjian, host of Jeff and Aimee on The Coyote 102.7 FM will be the master of ceremonies.

Proceeds from the event will support Best Buddies programs that allow students and adults with IDD to take part in age-appropriate social activities through one-to-one friendships with their peers, as well as create opportunities for integrated employment for people as adults.

Local Community partners include Caesars Entertainment, Anne Fontaine Las Vegas,
MJ Christensen Diamonds, Wells Fargo, Findlay Toyota, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, Golden Knights Foundation and MGM Resorts International.

This year, Best Buddies celebrates 30 years of inclusion for people with intellectual & developmental disabilities. “Together we can help end the social and economic isolation that exists for thousands of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said, Marnie Gambit, 2019 gala event committee chair.

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Best Buddies International is the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Our programs help people with IDD form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society.