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Best Buddies New York Selects Iona for Outstanding College Chapter of the Year

New Rochelle, NY (June 10, 2015) Iona College has been selected as New York State’s Outstanding College Chapter of the Year by Best Buddies New York an international non-profit organization that seeks to help persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and those without, build meaningful friendships. The Iona chapter of Best Buddies carries out that mission, as well as the values of service, diversity, and community engagement. The Iona chapter was chosen as the best among the nine college chapters in New York State, from Buffalo to New York City.

"Besides striving to help members build friendships with their buddies, my biggest goal is to convey to those around us that this isn’t service work or a mentorship program,” said Tiffany Henderson ’16, Best Buddies Iona Chapter President. “Being a friend to someone makes him or her your equal, and that’s the point behind inclusion, and integration.”

“I could not be more proud of Iona College Best Buddies and their hard work in establishing meaningful friendships between individuals with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said Leah Burgess, Lead Program Manager of Best Buddies New York. “The Iona College Best Buddies chapter has gone above and beyond this year to spread our mission of promoting social inclusion for all.”

About Best Buddies:
Best Buddies® is a 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 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
About Iona College:
Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. It is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona offers undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona College is the second largest private sector employer in New Rochelle, NY.
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