Best Buddies International, a groundbreaking nonprofit founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver 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, is pleased to announce that the 16th Annual Zenith Watches Best Buddies Miami Gala: Russia will take place at Marlins Park on Friday, November 16.
Jean-Frédéric Dufour, CEO of Zenith Watches, will serve as Vice Chair of the Gala, which has a festive Russian theme celebrating Best Buddies’ expansion into Russia. The event will feature a fabulous cocktail hour, a gourmet dinner, unique live and silent auctions, and the Best Buddies Bash – a live performance by special musical guests Far East Movement and SkyBlu of LMFAO.
Ronald L. Book, President and CEO of Ronald L. Book, P.A. and a long-time Best Buddies International Board member, will be honored with the “Spirit of Leadership” award. This award is Best Buddies’ highest accolade, and is presented to individuals who have shown great leadership, generosity and spirit in supporting the organization’s mission. Past honorees include Muhammad Ali, Romero Britto, David Caruso, Nancy O’Dell, Carl Lewis, and Maria Shriver.
This event never fails to bring together Miami’s most notable residents and celebrities from around the globe. Among those expected to attend this year are Gala Co-Chairs Andy Abboud, Romero Britto, Marc Leder, May Liang & Jim Lintott, Tom Murphy, Anthony K. and Alina M. Shriver, and Don Soffer; actors Verne Troyer and Erik Valdez; actress Lauren Potter; Miss USA Olivia Culpo; and Miss Teen USA Logan West.
This spectacular soiree will also include a special announcement regarding a brand-new Best Buddies fundraiser that will take place in Miami next fall.