Park West Foundation Breaks Records at Best Buddies Fundraiser

Romero Britto

I Love This Land” (2014) Romero Britto

Achieving goals can be fun and rewarding, but none may be more worthwhile than breaking fundraising records.

The Park West Foundation participated in the record-breaking 7th Annual South Florida Friendship Walk and Family Festival on March 11 in Miami, where donors raised $500,000 to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

This is the largest amount raised through a walk event in Best Buddies’ 27-year history. The previous record was $400,000, set in 2016. The walks play a critical role in funding Best Buddies programs, which are dedicated to leadership development, job opportunities and one-to-one friendships for individuals with disabilities.

Park West has been directly involved with Best Buddies for two years. John Karay, vice president of operations in Miami, says Park West Gallery employs two Job Participants with Best Buddies at its Miami facility.

“Best Buddies International is a top-tier organization that is so impressive in their structure and support to all the Job Participants,” Karay says. “The work they put into each Buddy is amazing and life transforming for them and their families.”

Best Buddies Park West

From left: vice President of Operations in Miami John Karay, Best Buddies Jobs Program Supervisor Ray Bell, and Best Buddies Job Participant Latrell Moton.

In addition to financial support, Park West staff took part in the 2017 walk. Participants included Karay and his wife Ann, Melba and Joshua Tavares, and Latrell Moton. Moton is a Best Buddies participant.

Park West Gallery began working with Best Buddies alongside renowned Neo-Pop artist Romero Britto. The artist serves on the board of directors for Best Buddies and uses his talents to raise funds and awareness for the organization.

Last year, the Park West Foundation donated $50,000 to Best Buddies International as part of its mission to support youth locally and around the world.

“Good will and kindness are contagious,” Britto said. “It’s wonderful to see the Park West Foundation giving generously to Best Buddies, an important organization that I have held dear to my heart for many years.”

Visit the Park West Foundation and Best Buddies International websites for more information. Be sure to check out Park West Gallery’s exclusive Romero Britto artwork.

One Response to Park West Foundation Breaks Records at Best Buddies Fundraiser

  1. Riley Camila says:

    I have a heart for helping others. Because I was involved with the school system, I saw first hand how under funded school systems were and how disadvantaged children did not have the necessary school supplies. More focus was placed on getting school supplies then on educating the children.

Leave a comment

Prove you\'re human. *

Latest News

  • Collect Original Graphic Works by Salvador Dali in Our New Fall Sale

    Salvador Dalí is one of the most famous artists of the 20th century. Now you have the opportunity to collect works from the internationally renowned Surrealist in our ...
    Read More
  • Meet the Artist: 10 Questions with Patrick Guyton

    Patrick Guyton has combined his passion for ancient art techniques with a tenacious work ethic to create a truly unique body of work.Guyton’s art is a sight to behold. ...
    Read More
  • Park West CEO Provides Insight into ‘Self-Destructing’ Banksy Art

    Famous street artist Banksy has made art history by having one of his paintings elaborately destroy itself immediately after being sold for $1.4 million.The unprecedented stunt took place at Sotheby’s ...
    Read More
  • Park West Auctioneer Spotlight: Alex White

    It takes a special kind of person to head off onto the high seas to spread their love of art to travelers around the world.Alex White is one of those ...
    Read More
  • The History of Picasso Ceramics: How Picasso Changed Pottery Forever

    Between 1946 and 1973, Pablo Picasso created a breathtaking collection of original ceramic works.Over the past 50 years, Park West Museum has developed one of the largest collections ...
    Read More
  • Understanding the Delicate Process Behind the Art of Patrick Guyton

    The artistic process Patrick Guyton uses to create his art is exacting, volatile, and precarious. This may sound hyperbolic, but for Guyton, something as simple as using the wrong ...
    Read More
  • Park West Gallery Enhances the Art Experience with New Interactive Technology

    As Park West Gallery celebrates 50 years in business, it’s continuing its mission of reimagining the art world with new and innovative ways for people to interact with art.Park West ...
    Read More
  • Meet James Coleman: 10 Questions with the Acclaimed Artist

    If you’re not familiar with the name “James Coleman,” you’re definitely familiar with his work.For over 17 years, Coleman supervised the creation of the hand-painted backgrounds for some of ...
    Read More
  • Behind the Artist: Patrick Guyton

    The path to becoming an internationally renowned fine artist might not be paved in gold, and that’s fine with Patrick Guyton—he prefers to put gold to better use.Guyton’s own ...
    Read More
  • From Disney to Fine Art: Marvel at the Artwork of James Coleman

    
    Read More
  • Patrick Guyton’s Gilded Art Shines in New Limited-Time Fall Sale Collection

    Veiled women, tranquil koi ponds, and graceful birds—these are just some of the zen-like images you’ll encounter in the gilded world of artist Patrick Guyton.You can enter this shimmering ...
    Read More
  • What Are Etchings and How Are Etchings Made?

    Etchings have been hugely influential in art history, particularly in the development of printmaking.The art of etching is one of the oldest printmaking mediums—originating in the 15th century and evolving ...
    Read More