Best Buddies Highlights with Kára McCullough & Karlie Hay

7 Jun

Kára McCullough was the first to arrive at the Best Buddies event that took place in Boston and Cape Cod. From the airport to Davio’s Restaurant, Kára got a glimpse of the opportunities that Best Buddies offers to people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Hard at work, the buddy provided the highest quality of customer service and spoke on his love for the job. His energy and passion for his work truly showed the importance of Best Buddies and the impact it can have on not only the buddy, but the rest of the employees as well.

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“Such a humbling experience visiting this guy (in the middle) at work. He provided the highest quality of customer service I’ve had in a while. The best part was listening to him express how much he enjoyed his job at @daviosrestaurant. And I made it a point to tell him, thank you for sharing his energy and happiness. @bestbuddies is the best; they focus on friendships, jobs & leadership development. Everyone deserves to feel responsible for something!! Thank you @bestbuddies for an amazing weekend in Boston!!”

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“Kára enjoyed the Best Buddies job tour with Jason Lewis, Liz Godwin, and Charlotte McKinney”

Following the lunch, Karlie joined Kára at the first public event: The Tom Brady Football Challenge and Guy Cooking With Best Buddies, Celebrity Chef Food and Wine Festival. The buddies had the opportunity to play football with some of the most notable football players on the New England Patriots team, including Tom Brady. Kára and Karlie cheered on the teams with the rest of the buddies by their side. It was a night full of fun, laughs, and great food.

Kára even shed a “happy tear” as a buddy beautifully sang the National Anthem before the game.

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Kára taking a photo with the buddy who sang the National Anthem

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“Miss Maine USA, Miss Massachusetts USA, Miss Teen USA, Miss New Hampshire USA, Miss Virginia USA, and Miss Massachusetts Teen USA, Miss USA”

The next morning, Kára and Karlie led the countdown at the Best Buddies Bike Challenge starting line, where cyclist lined up to bike 100, 50 or 20 miles from Boston to Cape Cod. Bikers included supporters, buddies, and even cyclists who competed in Le Tour de France.

After the cyclists took off, the girls headed to the finish line at Cape Cod to await the first to cross the finish line. With plenty of time to pass, Kára and Karlie participated in the Best Buddies 5K at Cape Cod where the girls had the opportunity to meet more buddies and continue to support the organization.

Three miles, mingling, and some delicious fish n’ chips later, the cyclists finally began to cross the finish line. Times ranged from 3-9 hours of biking, and Kára and Karlie cheered them on as they arrived at their final destination.

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With two challenges down, there was still one to go. The tandem bike race was up next, and Karlie decided to hop on the bike with one of the buddies. With a couple of tips and trips later, the two managed to hop back on the bike while finishing strong. They were able to make three laps around the track with smiles that could be seen from miles away.

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Bring in the dancing lobsters! A celebration lobster festival followed the tandem bike race where Kára and Karlie were able to enjoy hanging out with the buddies, fresh food and great music by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.

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Before heading to the Shriver Home for a culmination reception, the girls wanted to take a peek at the beach one last time. They enjoyed taking it all in and reminiscing on how fast the amazing weekend had gone by.

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The last event brought everyone together at the Shriver Home for a celebration on the weekend events. Kára and Karlie enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, advice from Guy Fieri, and shared wonderful memories with the buddies.

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Kára and Karlie were so thankful go to another Best Buddies event to continue to see first hand opportunities that the organization have given people with IDD. The girls are looking forward to the next event and will continue to hold onto the friendships and memories made.

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