and Campion Platt
, and Jay & Anne Hearst McInerney
invite you to the inaugural Best Buddies Hamptons Beach Gala. This is a spectacular gala supporting people with intellectual disabilities around the world. This year more than 400 local and international guests – including prominent businessmen, politicians, journalists, sports figures, entertainment celebrities and honored Best Buddies supporters – will gather under the Hamptons starry skies to celebrate Best Buddies.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
9:00pm Auction, Musical Performance and Dancing
Private residence in Watermill
There are currently 156 million people in the world with intellectual disabilities. That’s 3% of the global population. Almost 8 million of those individuals live in the United States. Tragically, most people with intellectual disabilities continue to be marginalized and maligned by society, living life as an invisible minority.
Loneliness is one of the largest problems faced by people with intellectual disabilities. Best Buddies was born out of desire to address a basic need we all have to belong; to provide friendship as a solution to loneliness and isolation. Founder Anthony K. Shriver believes that through the simple act of friendship, we can improve the status of people with intellectual disabilities.
Students who participate in Best Buddies become adults who raise children with a new perspective based on compassion and integration. They become employers who understand the undeniable value of hiring people with intellectual disabilities.