Local community members raised $7,390 at the 2016 Best Buddies Fundraiser, held at Players Sports Bar in Poway. The money raised will go towards the Best Buddies Ball, hosted by Rancho Bernardo High School Best Buddies and open to chapters from throughout the county. The event is a prom-like evening for students with disabilities who might not get to enjoy high school dances. Best Buddies International partners students with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities, allowing students with disabilities to form lifelong friendships, develop leadership skills, and create deeper connections with the community.

This year’s fundraiser was a full house event, with pizza, pool, music, and giveaways galore. “It’s so rewarding to be a part of this organization,” said Event Chair Bill Mullett. “The impact on these kids’ lives is priceless. Their smiles say it all.” Event sponsors were Arizona Tile, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, CCS Global Tech, Cosentino, Daltile, Poway Transmissions, R Douglas Construction, and San Diego Granite.