King of Prussia, PA -- Lower Merion High School students Georgia Callahan and Lauren Cobitz were honored among the Best Buddies "Champions of the Year" Monday, November 12, 2018, at TasteBuds – a unique tasting event and fundraiser pairing talented chefs from throughout the Greater Philadelphia area with "buddies" with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

This signature event, held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in King of Prussia, allowed guests to witness the Best Buddies mission of inclusion first-hand.  Guests and buddies alike got to enjoy live music, a silent auction and taste local cuisine prepared by the professional cooks with assistance from their "sous chef" buddies.

The Tastebuds tasting event that featured talented chefs from around the Greater Philadelphia area serving signature dishes, while showing the power and positivity of friendship. The restaurant chefs team up with a buddy pair, who serves as the “sous chefs” for the evening.

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Team Georgia, featuring Callahan and Cobitz, was one of 12 winning "champion" teams honored at the event. These champions were all outstanding supporters of the event who rallied support from their family and friends to promote the Tastebuds mission and that's why they were dubbed Champions of the Year. 

According to bestbuddies.org, the mission is: "To establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with IDD."

Best Buddies® is the world's largest 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 the more than 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Their programs empower the special abilities of people with IDD by helping them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society.

Founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant, international organization that has grown from one original chapter to more than 1,900 middle school, high school, and college campuses across the country and internationally.