More than 1,000 Best Buddies supporters from across the state will gather for the 9th Annual Best Buddies Connecticut Friendship Walk . The event supports the international social inclusion movement of Best Buddies, whose mission is to create one-to-one friendships, and leadership and integrated employment opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The event will take place at Quinnipiac's North Haven Campus, 370 Bassett Road. Registration will start at 10 a.m.
The proceeds from the Friendship Walk form a major pillar of support to fund the Best Buddies Connecticut programs across the state.
"Right now, we have chapters in eight middle schools, thirty high schools, and eleven colleges, with forty more schools on the wait list to open chapters," said Peg Anthony, 2015 Walk co-chair. "I know first-hand the profound impact Best Buddies has on our communities, as well as on each individual involved."
Anthony is the former parent advisor of the Cheshire High School chapter and the mother of BBCT Ambassador Bobby Anthony. "Not only has Bobby made lifelong friends, his Best Buddies experiences have given him social skills, and even more, enough confidence to speak and advocate at community events and to corporate sponsors," she said. "It's such a unique organization - truly transformational."
Proceeds from the Friendship Walk go toward funding Best Buddies programs, including the school chapters, as well as the Citizens program for older adults and the Ambassadors leadership program.
Connecticut State Senator Ted Kennedy is serving as this year's Honorary Chair of the walk. Kennedy's cousin, Anthony Kennedy Shriver, founded Best Buddies in 1989.
Opening Ceremonies will begin at 11 a.m. The walk will commence at 11:30 a.m. Pre-registration is available online (at no cost), where participants can sign up, form a team, or make a general donation to Best Buddies Connecticut. Pre-register here.
The Walk will include a Mini-Food-Truck-Festival, a Fall Fun Fair with kids' games, face painting, tattoos, pumpkin bowling, crafts, and health and wellness information booths. Live music entertainment will be provided.
Sunday, October 29 at 9:00am to 4:00pm