Maria Shriver and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom to Return as Honorary Co-Chairs of the 10th Anniversary Best Buddies Challenge:

Maria Shriver and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom to Return as Honorary Co-Chairs of
          the 10th Anniversary Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle

PR Newswire

CARMEL, Calif., Aug. 19, 2013

CARMEL, Calif., Aug. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Best Buddies
International,  a nonprofit dedicated to creating opportunities for
friendship, employment and leadership training for people with intellectual
and developmental disabilities,  is pleased to announce that author,
journalist and activist Maria Shriver and Lieutenant Governor of California
Gavin Newsom will return as Honorary Co-Chairs of the 10^th AnniversaryBest
Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle. More than 1,500 people are expected to
participate in the Challenge – a charity walk, run and ride to benefit Best
Buddies International – on September 7.

"What I love about Best Buddies is that it's based on a simple principle --
that each and every one of us needs a friend, needs a job and needs a
community, and that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
should be given the opportunity to find all three," said Maria Shriver. "I am
so very proud to, once again, be the Honorary Co-Chair of the Best Buddies
Challenge: Hearst Castle. I look forward to joining 'Team Maria' members and
the other event participants as we celebrate 10 years of riding together to
advance the Best Buddies mission."

The event will kick-off with the Best Buddies Golf Challenge  at the legendary
Tehama Golf Club in Carmel on Friday, September 6. During the Golf Challenge,
Best Buddies participants will tee-off alongside celebrities, professional
athletes, and special guests. The day will conclude with an evening VIP
reception hosted by Maria Shriver, which will also take place at Tehama Golf

On Saturday, September 7,  hundreds of cyclists will take to the starting line
at Quail Lodge Golf Club for the 100-mile ride down the majestic Pacific Coast
Highway from Carmel to San Simeon. The Challenge, which is open to people of
all ages and abilities and is designed to showcase the Best Buddies mission in
action, also features alternative 62, 30 and 15-mile cycling routes, as well
as the Carl Lewis Challenge, a 5K run/walk led by the Olympic gold-medalist

Several other celebrities, professional athletes and special guests are also
expected to participate in the Challenge, including: actors Rob Lowe and Verne
Troyer; actresses Maureen McCormick, Cheryl Hines, Kelly Hu, and Lauren
Potter; "American Idol" Alumni Diana Degarmo and Ace Young; comedian Bill
Engvall; and famed pilot of the "Miracle on the Hudson," Captain Chesley B.
"Sully" Sullenberger, III, all of whom will be encouraged to team-up with Best
Buddies participants and compete in "Friendship Races" on tandem bicycles.

The Challenge will be capped off by a barbeque, awards ceremony and concert by
Don Felder, formerly of the Eagles, at Hearst Ranch.

Audi of America will once again return as the Official Vehicle sponsor of the
event. Additional Challenge sponsors include: The Hearst Corporation;
Tupperware; Chevron; Pepsi; E. & J. Gallo Winery; Avid; Arco; Zenith Watches;
Carnival Cruise Lines; FIJI Water, Official Water of Best Buddies; Natixis
Global Asset Management; Pacific Gas & Electric; 20th Century Fox; Electus;
Classic Party Rentals; Pilot Freight Services; Niche Media, Premiere Magazine
Sponsor of Best Buddies; KPIX; San Francisco Chronicle; Getty Images, Official
Photography Sponsor of Best Buddies; and Silicon Valley Bank.

Additionally, Best Buddies is receiving the support of the Honorary Ambassador
Committee, whose members are helping to promote not only the event, but also
inclusion for individuals with disabilities. Committee members include:
California Assembly Member Tom Ammiano; California Assembly Member Connie
Conway; California State Senator Mark DeSaulnier; California State Senator Ted
Gaines; Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson; San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee; and
California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

About Best Buddies International:
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. Founded in 1989 by Anthony K.
Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant organization that has grown from one
original chapter to almost 1,500 middle school, high school, and college
chapters worldwide.Today, Best Buddies' eight formal programs —Middle
Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies®, Jobs, Ambassadors, and
Promoters — engage participants in each of the 50 states and in 50 countries,
positively impacting the lives of nearly 700,000 people with and without
disabilities around the world. As a result of their involvement with Best
Buddies, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities secure
rewarding jobs, live on their own, become inspirational leaders, and make
lifelong friendships. For more information, please visit, or

Contact Information:
To participate in the Challenge:        To become a Challenge sponsor:
Michael Collins                           Kelly Schultz

800-718-3536          800-718-3536

SOURCE Best Buddies International

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