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Help Me Support Best Buddies Leadership Scholarships

This year's Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle fund raising bike ride proved to be a great success. Mae and I had a terrific time riding along our beautiful California coastline. Thanks to all of you who helped us meet our goals to help place Best Buddies into mentorships and jobs.

Please consider joining this further appeal to help us raise at least $1,000 more for scholarships to a Best Buddies training program. We were moved to make this appeal after hearing first hand from Best Buddy graduates about the value of the two-day conference.

Charles Calhoun and Lauren Potter, who stars on Glee, spoke eloquently about the challenges they faced and how they succeeded in overcoming many obstacles. (To see the presentation Charles made, please click here.)

During this leadership conference, the Best Buddies participants will develop their leadership skills and train to become speakers, advocates, and leaders.

Please consider helping others have this empowering experience with a donation of $25 to $100. Please send checks to Tamara Torlakson, Best Buddies, 921 11th Street, 10th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814. Checks should be made out to Best Buddies International.

I appreciate your support of this outstanding organization!

Best regards,


Founded by Anthony Kennedy Shriver in 1989, the Best Buddies mission is to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Best Buddies International Leadership Conference brings together leaders with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities from high schools, colleges, and (for the first time) middle schools worldwide, providing personalized trainings that develop the skills needed to organize a Best Buddies chapter. Over the past 22 years, the Leadership Conference has inspired thousands of leaders to be Best Buddies ambassadors and to bring about social change in their communities.

With your support, we can help pay for the airfare, lodging, and food to attend for the weekend.

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