Best Buddies Hosts 16th Annual ‘Spirit of Friendship’

Posted By on December 5, 2019
The 2019 Champions of the Year

The Event: 16th Annual Spirit of Friendship Gala

The Cause: Best Buddies Arizona

Honorary Chair: Luis Gonzalez

2019 Spirit of Courage Award: Jake Capstick of Higley High School

2019 Spirit of Friendship Award: Dennis Parker and Victoria Mandat

Inaugural Legacy of Inclusion Award: Bob and Debbie Sullivan

2019 Champion of the Year: John Mitman

Lead Sponsor: Silicon Valley Bank & For Those Without A Voice

Event Date: November 8. 2019

Venue: Monterra at Westworld

Program Highlight: Inspiring entertainer, Marlana VanHoose, who is blind and lives with a form of cerebral palsy, played the piano and sang like an angel as the audience welled up with emotion.

Photo Credit: Jaron Quach & Melissa Umali

Bob & Debbie Sullivan
Mike & Val Kruse
Champion Winners – John Mitman and Marco
Luis Gonzalez and Jake Capstick
Dennis Parker & Victoria Mandat
Kenn Francis and Tara Hitchcock with Charles Calhoun
Caberay Beets & Madison Ness
Marlana VanHoose
Frontdoors Media

About Frontdoors Media

Frontdoors Media celebrates the people and groups who give generously and work to build the future of our community. It’s the premier source of information – and inspiration – for those who strive to make the Valley of the Sun a better place to live.

Subscribe To Our Newsletter
Sign Up For The Knock — our weekly summary featuring the latest news, people and culture that connect the Valley of the Sun.
Thanks for signing up. You must confirm your email address before we can send you. Please check your email and follow the instructions.
We respect your privacy. Your information is safe and will never be shared.
Don't miss out. Subscribe today.