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Best Buddies Iowa Milestones


2008
The 2nd Annual Friendship Frolic was held on May 3rd and participants joined together to raise funds to support Iowa high school and college chapters.  At the 19th Annual Leadership Conference in July the University of Michigan was honored as the first runner up Most Outstanding College Chapter for the 2007-2008 academic year.  Also recognized were Miami University (OH) and Iowa City High School as Exceptional Chapters, and Harlan Community High School as a Chapter of Excellence. Best Buddies Iowa developed one new high school chapter.

High School Chapters
Southeast Polk High School


2007
In May, Iowa hosts the first Friendship Frolic walk at Copper Creek Lake Park in Des Moines and brought together high school and college participants from across the state of Iowa. During the 18th Annual Best Buddies International Leadership Conference in Bloomington, Indiana, chapters at the University of Iowa, University of Michigan, University of Dayton (OH), and Harlan Community High School received Outstanding Chapter awards.  Central Michigan University and Sioux City East High School received Honorable Mention recognition.  Best Buddies Iowa held the first Giving Thanks Gala event in November and honored Former Lieutenant Governor Sally Pederson with the Spirit of Friendship award. Best Buddies Iowa developed one new high school chapter.

High School Chapters
Iowa City High School


2006
Drake University Buddy Katie Meade honored at Best Buddies International Ball and elected to the Best Buddies International Board of Directors for a two-year term. The Best Buddies chapters at the University of Iowa, University of Michigan, Central Michigan University, and Harlan Community High School were presented with Outstanding Chapter of the Year awards at Best Buddies International’s 17th Annual Student Leadership Conference.  Best Buddies Iowa developed one new high school chapter.

High School Chapters
Clarion-Goldfield High School


2005
The University of Iowa is recognized by Best Buddies International as Most Outstanding College Chapter for the 2004-2005 academic year.  Drake University and Hoover High School are also recognized as Outstanding Chapters of the Year.  Best Buddies Iowa develops eight new chapters during 2005 and acquires the Midwest Regional office of Best Buddies during the summer of 2005.  The Iowa state office becomes home to five Midwest states including Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Ohio.

High School Chapters
Adel-DeSoto-Minburn
Bettendorf
Cedar Rapids Kennedy
Harlan
Osage
Washington

College Chapters
Cornell College
Wartburg College


2004
Best Buddies International recognizes Hoover High School, Johnston High School, and the University of Iowa as Outstanding Chapters of the Year for 2003-2004.  Best Buddies Iowa begins expansion for 2004 by opening three chapters.

High School Chapters
Des Moines East

College Chapters
Briar Cliff University
Simpson College


2003
Buddy pairs from Valley High School and Drake University present Iowa Senator Tom Harkin (D) with the Spirit of Leadership award at the 15th Annual Best Buddies Ball.  Johnston High School receives recognition from Best Buddies International as a recipient of the Outstanding Chapter of the Year award for the 2002-2003 academic year.  Best Buddies Iowa expands the mission of friendship to seven high school and two college chapters.

High School Chapters
Des Moines Lincoln
Indianola
Mason City
Norwalk
Sioux City East
Sioux City North  
West Central Valley (Stuart)

College Chapters
Buena Vista University
Morningside College


2002
Best Buddies International welcomes its 12th state office with the opening of Best Buddies Iowa July 15, 2002.  In the first year, Best Buddies Iowa successfully opens nine high school and eight college chapters.

High School Chapters
Des Moines Hoover
Des Moines North
Des Moines Roosevelt
Johnston
Sioux City West
Sioux City Bishop Heelan
Urbandale
Waukee
West Des Moines Valley

College Chapters
Central College
Grand View College
Grinnell College (re-opened)
Hamilton College
Iowa State University
Mount Mercy College
University of Iowa
University of Northern Iowa


1990
Best Buddies International opens two college chapters in the state of Iowa.

College Chapters
Drake University
Grinnell College


1989
Incorporated as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, Best Buddies becomes America's first national, unified, social and recreational program for people with intellectual disabilities.
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