Last year, Best Buddies International raised over $1.2 million for their non-profit operations. Best Buddies International, created by Anthony Shriver in 1989, aims to help create friends, jobs, and life skills for those people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
For 2011, Audi is looking to help push the fundraising total to a record-setting $1.7 million for the organization. Audi is the largest corporate team for Best Buddies International and has collected close to $140,000 in donations already.
Audi is also the title sponsor for the 2011 Audi Best Buddies Challenge. The event is a charity walk, run, and ride on October 22 in Washington D.C. There are 1,200 participants registered for the race, up from 800 last year. The event features a 20 and 62 mile bike ride as well as the Carl Lewis 5k run/walk where the Olympic gold-medalist will be there to lead the race.
Audi has enjoyed working with Best Buddies since 2007 and is staying committed to continuing the relationship by agreeing to partner with the nonprofit for an additional three years. Audi will act as the title sponsor for the D.C. event, provide Audi cars to Best Buddies as the official car for the organization, and help create an official employment program for the Washington D.C. area.
“I can proudly say on behalf of the Audi organization that this partnership has been tremendously rewarding for us, and it is with great excitement that we have announced our renewed partnership with Best Buddies for another three years,” said Johan de Nysschen, President, Audi of America. “We not only hope to help Best Buddies break its overall fund-raising record this year, but we also hope to inspire other local business to get involved to help us create employment opportunities for individuals with IDD and build a more formal job program in the future.”