Members from the Best Buddies club.

Best Buddies

Awareness Organization

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About Our Organization

Best Buddies is an organization that works to improve the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and promote inclusion! As a chapter, we hold monthly meetings and events with Buddies with special needs living in the Poughkeepsie community.

Image of Best Buddies event at Marist's Cabaret.

Club Leadership

President: Emma Spiro, '24
Vice President: Michael Reginella, '23
Vice President of Events: Josh Bueno, '23
Secretary: Sami DeCapite, '24
Treasurer: Andrew Rosenberg, '25
Friendship Director: Kaylee Smith, '23
Friendship Coordinator: Bridget Paddock, '25
Awareness Chair: Michelle Noeldechan, '23
Fundraising Chair: Madeleine Palleschi, '24
Event Coordinator: Julianna Prezzia, '25

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Earn Priority Points through Clubs and Activities

To earn one (1) point: Members must attend a minimum of 50% of club/organization meetings for the semester and 50% of club/organization activities.

To earn two (2) points: Members must attend a minimum of 50% of club/organization meetings for the semester and 75% of club/organization activities PLUS the community service event.

To earn three (3) points (executive board only): Officers must attend 50% of club meetings for the semester and 100% of club activities including community service. If executive board members do not complete all of the requirements to earn three points, they will be eligible to receive up to two points based on the above criteria.

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