best buddies 2011

CATEGORIES: Allyson Portraits, Portraits

Each year Best Buddies holds 3 major fundraisers called the Best Buddies Challenge.  This year, I heard the Big Sur / Hearst Castle challenge raised over $3 million dollars!  The events are also sponsored by Audi.

Some of you might know, Dan and I know also have High Line Automotive, North San Luis Obispo County’s dealership alternative for European vehicles such as Audi. So between our passion for helping our community through charitable events, my love for riding bikes and Dan’s passion for finely engineered european cars, this one was RIGHT up our alley!  We had an amazing time at this event and I’ve officially secured a spot on a team to ride the event next year, I can’t wait!

Here is a bit about Best Buddies and what they do, they are an awesome organization!

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 Kennedy Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant, international organization that has grown from one original chapter to almost 1,500 middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide.  Best Buddies programs engage participants in each of the 50 United States, and in 50 countries around the world.  Best Buddies’ seven formal programs – Best Buddies Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies, Jobs and Ambassadors – positively impact nearly 700,000 individuals with and without disabilities worldwide.  Best Buddies volunteers annually contribute, at no cost to their communities, support services that equate to more than $164 million USD.

As a result of their involvement with Best Buddies, people with IDD secure rewarding jobs, live on their own, become inspirational leaders, and make lifelong friendships.

Each year my friend and extremely talented designer, Camilla Svenssion Burns designs the VIP party which takes place at the Hilltop.  This is I think was the most outstanding year yet, and I think you’ll completely agree ….. GORGEOUS!  Beautiful work Camilla!  Brides … looking for a floral designer, check out Camilla’s work HERE.

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and this photo …. was taken after we SWAM in the Neptune Pool!!!! Most incredible experience EVER!!!!!

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Oh yea, and it’s not everyday you get to photograph the castle’s security dog in a very swank environment!!!  Doesn’t he look regal?!

k9 officer at Hearst Castle


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