Best Buddies: An Organization Helping Friends in Need

A nonprofit organization that makes the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) better has launched an initiative to become a household name by the end of 2020.

Best Buddies International, which works with people with down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy and other un-diagnosed disabilities, offers one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development.

Anthony Kennedy Shriver launched the organization in 1989 with one chapter. It currently has more than nineteen hundred chapters with more than ninety-nine thousand participants throughout the fifty United States, fifty-four countries and six continents.

The initiative includes a strategy which will educate 4,000 Buddy Ambassadors, create 1,000 jobs for people with IDD and boost the amount of school-based chapters to 2,500. Among its many programs, Best Buddies carries out a student-run friendship club in middle schools, high schools and colleges, by forming student buddy pairs whether they have disabilities or not.

Best Buddies makes it easier for people with IDD to find an important closeness with their friends, obtain work, live on their own, among other objectives. Best Buddies also makes a job program available to assist people with disabilities find competitive paying jobs. Receptionist, document clerk, teacher assistant and fitness assistant are among some of the current positions held by Best Buddies participants.

An email pen pal program, called e-Buddies, which develops friendships through email, is also available. This program involves emailing each other at least once a week for a minimum of one year.

A number of events take place throughout the year such as the Annual Best Buddies Gala Back to School Night in Miami which is hosted by Best Buddies co-chairs Jackie Soffer, and Alina and Anthony K. Shriver.

Many celebrities and other recognized faces help support Best Buddies International.  For example, many celebrities take part in the Celebrity Ambassador Program including NFL Super Bowl Champion Tom Brady; Supermodel Cindy Crawford; Actor Pierce Brosnan; Actor/Producer Ron Howard and Musician Emilio Estefan.

The organization’s largest fundraising initiative, the Best Buddies Challenges, take in a ride, run or walk challenge from the Hearst Castle on September 10, 2016 or a Ride Tour de France Style in Miami on November 18, 2016. On June 3, 2017 Tom Brady will host a Best Buddies Challenge at Hyannis Port. And the inaugural Cleveland Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving Basketball Challenge will get under way this fall, September 24.

To sign on for Best Buddies, simply fill out an application at and sign the agreement to participate. The staff will work to complement participants with a buddy of similar age and interests. In addition, the Best Buddies Ambassadors program gives people with IDD a chance to use their skills to advocate and make positive changes in their life and community.

The Annual New Yorkers for Children Gala

The New Yorkers for Children organization is a remarkable non-profit committed to improving the lives of children through opportunities, education, guidance and support. This foundation works very closely with the Administration for Children’s services to improve the lives and futures of children in the welfare system. They have a special interest in the young children of foster care and work with over 1,000 members of the foster care community.

On Thursday, September 15th, Cipriani’s on 42nd street hosted this year’s Annual New Yorkers for Children Fall Gala. Many of New York’s elite A-Listers came out dressed to impress and ready to support and celebrate this charity that helps so many. Standing alongside the city’s most influential people, designers and models were the extraordinary men and women whose lives have been transformed from by this charity. Guests also included Dan Rothmann, Alexia and David Leuschen, Trey Songz, Anita Hodos, Eniko Mihalik, Jodie Snyder Morel, among others.

This year’s event raised over $1.3 million, all of which will go to sustaining the programs that have led to the success of so many children that have gone through this program. These programs promote a committed and stable adulthood through sustainable relationships and compassionate mentors. Signature programs helped by the generous contributions include the Back-to School Package Program, the Guardian Scholars Program, the Youth Advisory Board and Futures in Motion Youth Program: Youth Can! Program.

This year’s Gala Sponsor, Chloe was joined by several others including Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Sun Capital Partners Foundation, FX and Natasha de Mallmann, The City University of New York (CUNY) – Chancellor James B Milliken, BNY Mellon, and Scott and Sammy Seltzer to name a few.

Honored at the event was City University of New York (CUNY) school Chancellor, James B. Milliken whose devotion and leadership have developed so many opportunities for the youths in need.

Debevoise & Plimpton Adds Simon Witney as London Consultant

The law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton has added Simon Witney as a consultant in their London office, and they will count on him for help with many different cases. It is quite important law firms grown, and the firm believes growing with Mr. Witney helps their clients. This article explains how Mr. Witney will help the firm in the area of private equity.

#1: Private Equity Transactions Are Complex

There are quite a few people who are going through new private equity transactions, and they need a lawyer who understands the industry. The lawyers who do this work offer insight that ensures contracts are written properly, and the lawyers who are consulting at Debevoise & Plimpton will help their largest find the best position for their companies. Remaining profitable and on the right side of the law is important for every client coming to Debevoise & Plimpton for assistance.

#2: How Will He Help?

London is one of the most-active cities in the world, and it is a place where the markets are busy at all times. The addition of Mr. Witney ensures the firm has someone in touch with the European markets, and his expertise in the markets ensures the firm will have insight that helps their clients. Clients cannot be asked to bring all the information to each session, and they cannot be expected to know the European markets if they do not operate internationally.

#3: What Does Debevoise & Plimpton Do?

They have a large firm that represents businesses in a number of forms. They know how to help their clients when they are accused of wrongdoing, and they will help their clients when they are completing mergers. The firm has been connected to many pro bono cases in America, and they wish to continue their service to the community. They are trusted by businesses around the world, and they believe the businesses they serve have a lifetime friend in the legal community. Partners in the NYC office include Matthew Kaplan, Mary Beth Hogan and Sean Hecker.

The addition of Simon Witney at Debevoise & Plimpton helps both parties grow their client base. Clients who trust these two parties will find the private equity business quite simple to infiltrate, and they will appreciate the money they may make in the course of their work. A client who uses Debevoise & Plimpton will receive special assistance from London, and Mr. Witney has partners in New York who know how to help with his work.


New Dining Option in Montana

Ox Pasture, located in Red Lodge, Montana, offers residents a new dining option with fresh, farm-to-table fare and a menu that rotates every two weeks.

Open from May through October, the season of fresh produce, the restaurant entices visitors with the traditional fare that many Montanans have grown accustomed to, such as steak and burgers, in addition to Montana pork, duck, lamb, fresh seafood, and vegetarian offerings, but with their own unique interpretation. Whether it’s uncommon cuts of meat, such as crunchy trout skin cooked with risotto or pesto made with green carrot tops, Ox Pasture prides itself on serving creative dishes. The restaurant came to live with an idea from David Leuschen and his wife Alexis Kondylis Leuschen.

In addition to offering creative meals prepared with the freshest ingredients from local farms and ranches, the husband-and-wife team sparks intrigue with an exotic menu that changes bi-weekly. The innovative cuisine, which is inspired by international journeys abroad coupled with intuitive food creativity, explores everything from French classics like duck confit leg to Southern inspired-comfort foods like fried green tomatoes with sweet, apricot salsa and even Italian favorites like homemade tagliatelle pasta. Each preparation is always a new creation. In fact, two times a month, Lockhart and sous chef Danny Mowatt come together over the season’s flourishing ingredients to invent new offerings, so there is always something to come back for.

The Ox Pasture boasts a quaint, cozy atmosphere, reminiscent of a French bistro, in a historic stone building set aglow by a white backdrop. The decor, which includes zinc tabletops nestled among tan and blue wicker chairs intermingled with gray-hued wooden chairs, lends an Old Mercantile appeal that reinforces the bistro style setting. In the entrance, guests are greeted by a mini bar with white shelves that extend to the ceiling, which plays home to a variety of beverages and herb filled Terra cotta pots. Wood flank floors, that expand from the entrance to the open kitchen, complete the look for a charming loft-like feel.

The Ox Pasture, which hosted a private commencement, opened in May 2016 and has since fast grown into a culinary prize notable for its tasty dishes. Owners chef Chris Lockhart and his wife Gena Burghoff spent time in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, New York, and managed a farm-to-table food truck named the Local Yokel for several months. The couple also worked at Steven Star, Balthazar, and Odeon restaurants and recently managed Montana Jack’s in Dean. Together, the couple has more than 10 years of restaurant experience, which lends to the establishment’s well-seasoned atmosphere.

Hecker on Corporate Crime Settlements

Sean Hecker is a partner at the New York based Law Firm Debevoise. He recently conducted an online interview about the current state of corporate crimes prosecution in the state and elsewhere.

Hecker states that currently most cases involve deferred pleas or non-prosecution agreements. These are so popular because they allow for a subtler approach to prosecution that leaves room for negotiation between the two parties involved. When a defendant enters a guilty plea they are automatically subject to the full consequences of the law. Hecker says that in certain cases this is too forceful an instrument as the legal repercussions might be too great for a company to bear, encouraging them to deny guilt. This leads to lengthy, expensive, and complicated court proceedings that can go on for years. Corporations and their representatives don’t necessarily want that but prosecutors are wary of it too. Often they lack the resources to commit to a case that a large company might, leaving them at a severe disadvantage.

Companies operate with a different perspective than your average defendant. They have a responsibility to protect their name and the interests of their shareholders. Entering a guilty plea is often an admission that does too much damage to be advisable on their part. While Hecker admits there have been more recently than is considered normal he hopes that this trend will not continue to grow as he considers it detrimental to both sides in the long run.

This is because companies are made up of hundred if not thousands of people. As such it may not be fair to hold an entire organization responsible for the wrongdoing of a single individual within it’s hierarchy. As long as this goes on it will de-incentivize companies that are responsible from being compliant with local laws if an internal violation is brought to their attention.

Hecker says that he is skeptical of the popular notion that the government prosecutors let banking institutions “off the hook” for major crimes. In his opinion federal agencies investigated thoroughly and chose not to press charges. In his mind this indicates they either found nothing or what they did find would be too difficult to prove in court.

The Loyola Greyhounds Hire Marc Van Arsdale

The Loyola Greyhounds lacrosse team announced on the Thursday with great excitement and anticipation, that they hired Marc Van Arsdale as their offensive coordinator. Charley Toomey is the current head coach of the Loyola Greyhounds lacrosse team. Past successes of the team have included alumni players like Sean Hecker. Prior to Van Arsdale, Ryan Moran was the offensive coordinator, and he was hired on June 20th, 2016. It was a huge question after Ryan Moran left the Loyola Greyhounds lacrosse team, who was going to be the new offensive coordinator. The new offensive coordinator would have large shoes to fill because the Loyola Greyhounds lacrosse team leave behind a very successful legacy. Among the other options to be chosen for the offensive coordinator included Marquette associate head coach Stephen Brundage, Brown offensive coordinator, Sean Kirwan, and Richmond defensive coordinator Paul Richards.

For the past fifteen years, Van Arsdale had been the assistant coach at Virginia. During Van Arsdale’s fifteen years with Virgina, he helped the team win multiple NCAA Division I championships in 2003, 2006 and 2011. Van Arsdale had the opportunity to thank former Cavaliers coach Dom Starsia for his training and commitment to Virginia.

“We are very pleased to get someone of the character and coaching caliber of Marc Van Arsdale, and we look forward to welcoming Marc and his wife, Karen, to the Loyola family,” Loyola head coach Charley Toomey said in a written statement.

Van Arsdale stated that he admired the lacrosse program at Loyola for many years, and was honored to become a member of the team. He will make a great addition to the Loyola Greyhounds lacrosse team, and head coach Charley Toomey is proud to have him aboard. It was a huge announcement when the offensive coordinator was finally chosen and announced to the team and to the dedicated fans who sit in the stadium cheering on this successful team.

Van Arsdale was a successful lacrosse player in his younger years and his no newbie to the game. Van Arsdale was a 1985 graduate of Hobart, he played on the lacrosse team where he as an attackman. He, along with his team went on to win four consecutive NCAA Division III crowns, Van Arsdale also managed to produce a pair of Tewaaraton winners in Matt Ward (2006) and Steele Stanwick (2011). After his college career, Van Arsdale went on to be the head coach at Penn State for five seasons where he compiled a 27-39 record.

The Philanthropic Works of Best Buddies International

Best Buddies International is a prominent not-for-profit organization that was established at Georgetown University, a prestigious school in Washington, D.C. The organization was created by Anthony K. Shriver in 1989. The objective at Best Buddies International is to give individuals who have developmental and intellectual problems chances to work and meet others. It’s the planet’s biggest organization that focuses on making life better for people who live with developmental and intellectual conditions. People who have these conditions often have to experience serious financial, physical and social dilemmas. Millions of human beings all around the planet have developmental and intellectual difficulties.

Shriver isn’t only Best Buddies International’s founder. He’s also the 501 organization’s chairman. When he launched this organization, his aim was to encourage positive relationships in people who have developmental and intellectual conditions. Shriver is a Georgetown University alumnus. He’s also a Miami Beach, Florida resident. He’s married to Alina and is the father of five wonderful kids.

Programs for Best Buddies International exist all around the planet. The organization, true to its name, operates on a global basis. Best Buddies International has accredited programs in more than 50 nations all around the Earth. They’re in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Brazil, Russia, South Korea, Indonesia, Egypt, the United Kingdom, India, Spain, Kenya and beyond.

Best Buddies International has the assistance of many prominent and well-known supporters. Corporations that back Best Buddies International include Natixis Global Asset Management, the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, the Ferraro Law Firm, Santander Bank and MGM Resorts International. Foundations that back Best Buddies International include Telmex Foundation.

The organization even has some solid backing from well-known figures. People who back the efforts of this organization include Rick de la Croix, Martha de la Croix, Gerard Klingman, Jackie Soffer, Penney Klingman, George Zoley and Donna Zoley. Government groups that extend their backing to Best Buddies International include both the Illinois Department of Human Services and the Florida Department of Education.

People who are serious about making the future brighter and happier for individuals who have developmental and intellectual issues alike often offer their assistance to this famed organization. People can take part in regular events that assist in the advancement of the organization’s many causes. Examples are the Best Buddies Friendship Walk, the Best Buddies Leadership Conference and the Annual Best Buddies Dallas Gala. The Dallas gala has been going strong for eight full years now.

CEO’s Who Donate To Charity


The David M. Leuschen Charity Foundation was established in 1998 and created to support and extend assistance to the Montana and Wyoming ranch neighborhoods, and is committed to afford for and support individuals who consider Wyoming and Montana their home.

Since the inception of this noble foundation financial contributions have been advantageous to the local fire departments, churches, schools, youth organizations, nature conservancies, museums and television station KVSM in Bozeman Montana, and also provides financial aid to Dartmouth College which is David M. Leuschen’s Alma Mater.

The foundation commenced as a flowing channel to aid Wyoming and Montana high school students to have the advantage to attend Dartmouth College.

He is the creator and senior administrator of Riverstone Holdings in New York and the proprietor of Switchback Ranch which is abutting the boundaries of Montana, and Wyoming in the Northern Rockies.


Weiner CEO of LinkedIn contributed his $14million stock incentive to his employees as an incentive to elevate the team spirit following the company’s stock assets skyrocketing in February of this year. He requested the Compensation Committee to forfeit his yearly equity grant and alternatively deposit those shares back in the “equity bucket” for LinkedIn employees.


Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was created in 2000 to pandemically embellish healthcare and curtail poverty, and in the United States to inflate favorable educational possibilities.

This is the largest charity non-profit organization on the planet, they propose grants solely to organizations that are tax exempt because, they want to be assured that their substantial contributions flow only into the deserving and beneficial causes.

The proportion of this foundation and their avenues to pursue and implement contributions makes it recognized as one of the forerunners in venture philanthropy.

The foundation is regulated and managed by three trustees, Bill and Melinda Gates who are rated as the second most benevolent philanthropists in the United States and Warren Buffett as the first.

Ana Dutra is CEO and Executive VP of Korn and Ferry Leadership and Talent Consulting. She stated that there is a network between appreciation and accomplishment, because when you get the sense of sincere gratification for your donations, the effective outcome of acknowledged is pulsating through your veins and the recipient becomes energized.

Recognition is thankfulness on a greater plane. Actually, it matters who they are and the part they play in the charity organization the jolt of gratitude on the face of the receiver and on those surrounding him or her have a profound effect that is remarkable and incomparable.

IBM to Employers: You Need a ‘Millennial Mindset’

IBM to Employers: You Need a ‘Millennial Mindset’

NEW YORK — Millennials. Depending on whom you ask, this now-ubiquitous generational term might evoke disdain, optimism and in the case of some business leaders, absolute panic. The presence of Generation Y continues to grow in the workforce — they’ll make up 50 percent by 2020 — and employers are putting a top priority on optimizing their culture for younger employees.

But what if companies are approaching millennials all wrong? What if staying relevant isn’t so much about catering to millennials themselves, but instead creating a “millennial mindset” that will help catapult a business into the future? According to a new IBM study, that’s exactly what employers need to do — and the first step is to stop believing in widely held, but incorrect stereotypes about millennials.