DeSales University's Best Buddies Named Chapter of the Year
DeSales University's Best Buddies was named Outstanding Chapter of the Year by Best Buddies of Pennsylvania. The DeSales chapter was honored at the Pennsylvania College Ball held in Ursinus College on April 23, in recognition of the progress it has made, the friendships it has established, and events it helped to coordinate.
Best Buddies is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships. It has over 1,200 chapters around the world and effects over 250,000 individuals.
Each chapter in the college program is run by student volunteers, school administrators and a mental health professional. The DeSales Best Buddies chapter, established four years ago, is one of 17 chapters in the Eastern Region. It now has over 50 students and 20 buddies from the Lehigh Valley area.
Jessica Gross, '08, physician assistant major from Lansdale, Pa., serves as college buddy coordinator with the DeSales chapter. According to Gross, this year has been one of tremendous growth for the DeSales organization that has given members a great deal of pride and feeling of accomplishment.
In addition to Gross, members of DeSales' Best Buddies include Elise Young, '09, special education major from Berlin, Conn., who serves as activities coordinator; Caitlin Walters, '07, elementary education major from Jackson, N.J., who is the membership coordinator; Mary Galantino, '08, nursing major from Kutztown, Pa., who is the treasurer; and Laura Prumachuk, '08, elementary education major from Bridgewater, N.J., who serves as e-Buddies coordinator.
"Best Buddies holds monthly events that allow college students and their buddies to get together and have a fun time," said Gross. "Some of our favorite events included playing miniature golf, a movie day, a Valentine's Day dance, and a karaoke party. Most of all, we enjoyed traveling to the Camden Aquarium for our goal trip this spring."
The Best Buddies College pairs college students in one-to-one friendships with people with disabilities in the Lehigh Valley area. DeSales has 20 matches at the university and numerous student associates that assist with events.
For more information about DeSales Best Buddies, contact Jaime Gerhart, director of social outreach at DeSales University, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1889.
Press Release: DeSales University's Best Buddies Named Chapter of the Year | Posted on: 5/3/2006
For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034
610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu