Throughout the year, Best Buddies International hosts several national events to fundraise and spread awareness about our mission. Members and supporters from all over the world come to these events to promote Best Buddies and social inclusion for all people. For more information on these events and how you can participate, please click on the links below.
The Best Buddies International Leadership Conference (LC) has inspired thousands of leaders to be Best Buddies advocates and to bring about social change in their communities. LC is a once in a lifetime experience that unites Best Buddies leaders, volunteers, and community advocates from around the globe. It is the single, largest programmatic event that Best Buddies offers. At LC, attendees gain knowledge to take effective action both individually and as part of a group for a common cause, while discovering the importance of their actions, responsibilities, and energy.
LC provides educational tracks that apply to a variety of positions within Best Buddies chapters and the community. For our school friendship and promoters programs, we offer fully inclusive leadership trainings for all chapter leaders. Visit www.bestbuddiesleadershipconference.org for more information.
The BBC: HP is a 100, 50 and 20-mile cycling adventure from the JFK Library in Boston to Craigville Beach, near the Kennedy Compound on Cape Cod, with an optional 5K run and 3K walk. The ride is followed by celebrity tandem races, a lobster clambake and a private concert. Visit www.bestbuddieschallenge.org/hp for more information.
The BBC: HC, is a 100, 62, 30 and 15-mile cycling adventure along the Pacific Coast Highway, from Carmel to the renowned Hearst Castle in San Simeon, with an optional 5K run and 3K walk. The ride is followed by celebrity tandem races and a private concert, and a barbeque at Hearst Ranch. Visit www.bestbuddieschallenge.org/hc for more information.
The BBC: Miami is a world-class cycling event. Limited to just 50 riders, the 62-mile ride is complete with a 17-piece Police Escort, Pace Cars and full SAG Support. Starting and ending at Marlins Park, the ride goes through Miami’s finest landscapes. Lunch is the owners suite ends the ride followed by the Miami Gala that evening. Visit www.bestbuddieschallenge.org/miami for more information.
The ABBC: DC, is a 100, 62, and 20-mile scenic cycling tour through our nations capital, with an optional 5K run and 3K walk. The ride is followed by celebrity tandem races and a private concert, and a barbeque at historic Morven Park Estate in Leesburg, Virginia. Visit www.bestbuddieschallenge.org/dc for more information.
The Best Buddies Miami Gala is a spectacular event supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Each year more than 800 prominent local and international guests including politicians, business leaders, sports figures, and celebrities gather in Miami to support Best Buddies.
The Dallas Gala is an incredible event, featuring a gourmet dinner, live and silent auctions plus a private concert. Longtime supporters Jan & Jeff Rich are serving as Honorary Chairs to help support Best Buddies endeavors in Texas and around the world. Visit our Dallas Gala Site for more information.