Welcome to the 4th Annual Best Buddies Minnesota Champion of the Year Gala!

Friday, November 19th | Quincy Hall 

We are so excited to celebrate the power of friendship and inclusion with you tonight! By joining us you are joining a global movement to create a more inclusive world for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Your support gives people with IDD meaningful opportunities for one-to-one friendships, supported employment and leadership development across Minnesota. Thank you! 

Learn more about tonight's event, our mission of inclusion and our impact in Minnesota:

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Champion of the Year unites and recognizes the community's most active leaders in the name of inclusion. By devoting their passion, talents, and networks to Best Buddies through a philanthropic competition, our Champions lay the foundation for transformative change in their communities. Through raising funds and awareness for Best Buddies, our Champions will generate countless opportunities for friendships, jobs, leadership development and inclusive living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

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6:30 PM | Cocktail Hour & Silent Auction
7:30 PM | Curtains Open & Dinner is Served
7:45 PM | Program Hosted by Kim Insley Begins
8:15 PM | *Silent Auction Closes*
8:30 PM | Live Auction Begins
9:00 PM | Bid from the Heart
9:15 PM | Entertainment by PowerTap
9:40 PM | 2021 Grand Champion Announcement!
10:00 PM | Dance Party with PowerTap
11:00 PM | Event Concludes

Meet Our Champions!

Back Row: Martin Odian, Kaitlyn Zachman, Samuel Arnold, Matt Veverka, Dan Britt

Front Row: Sheila Matzke, Mikayla Holmgren, Sophia Pederson, Jennifer Dean

Online Bidding FAQ  

How do I participate on GiveSmart?
You must register to place bids, purchases, or a donation. Just follow these steps:

1. Visit this event campaign site.
2. Click Register to Participate.
3. Enter the required information.
4. Click Create my GiveSmart Account

How do I bid on silent or live auction items?
1. Once you are registered - Click the blue link within the Welcome
text or personal link button from within the Welcome email.
2. Choose item - From our Home page, click "Items" , browse then select an item.
3. Choose amount - Use the pre-populated minimum bid or enter a
higher amount. You can also set up Auto bid.
4. Click Bid

How do I know if I have been outbid?

You will be notified via text message if you have been outbid. If you are not receiving text messages make sure you have the correct mobile number under your profile. 

How will I know if the auction has closed?

We will provide the date and time of when the auction is closing during the event. You will be notified leading up to the closing via text message. Once it closes and you have won an item you will receive a text message about your win! 

I really want an item! How can I better my chances? 

That is great news! To keep from being outbid too often, you can set an Auto Bid. The software will automatically bid by your predetermined increment until your max bid has been met or the silent auction ends. Keep an eye on your favorite items throughout the night to make sure you continue to bid! 

How do I receive my items if I win? 

Congrats! You will receive a text notifying you that you won item(s). You are required to make the payment for your items prior to receiving them the night of the event. You will then receive an email with instructions on receiving or picking up your items. 

Please note: All bids are final and binding. There will be no exchanges, alterations, or refunds on items. Please note any restrictions or expiration dates stipulated by the prize donor as noted in the item description. We are not responsible or liable for any discrepancies. All items are "as is". 



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Best Buddies - Minnesota

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