Join us at the annual Team Maria Benefit in Beverly Hills!

July 8, 2014

Media Advisory for July 13: Maria Shriver, Annual Team Maria Benefit in Beverly Hills to Support Best Buddies International

Beverly Hills, Calif. (July 8, 2014) – Team Maria, led by award-winning journalist and best-selling author Maria Shriver, today announced that it will host its annual benefit at the Montage Beverly Hills on Sunday, July 13 to support Best Buddies International and it’s life changing programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Best Buddies provides opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development.

Maria will once again bring together her friends and family and the fantastic companies that power Team Maria for an afternoon of special musical performances by Drake Bell and Patrick Droney, speeches by inspiring Best Buddies participants and a fabulous silent auction. Guests must purchase tickets in advance, here. The event will support the team’s upcoming ride in the 11th annual Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle from Carmel to San Simeon along California’s breathtaking Pacific Coast Highway, which is on Saturday, September 6, 2014.

WHEN:           4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. PST on Sunday, July 13, 2014

WHO:              Maria Shriver (host)

Drake Bell, Actor/singer, (special performance)

Patrick Droney, Singer/songwriter, (special performance)

Jeannie Mai, Style expert and host of The Real, (emcee)

Expected to attend:

Tom Arnold, Actor

Jamie Brewer,Actor

Olivia Culpo, Actor

Rima Fakih, On-air personality and Miss USA 2009

Kelly Hu, Actor

Joe Jonas, Singer

Nick Jonas, Singer

Ashlee Keating, Singer

Cassandra Kunze, Miss California

Rob Lowe, Actor

Sheryl Lowe, Designer

Maureen McCormick, Actor

Patrick Muldoon, Actor

Katherine Schwarzenegger

Patrick Schwarzenegger

Verne Troyer, Actor

Erik Valdez, Actor

Bianca Vierra, Miss Teen California

WHERE:         Montage Beverly Hills Spa Terrace * 225 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

*Complimentary valet parking available for guests 

Steering committee:

Catherine Bach and Sophia and Laura Lopez; Lou and Page Adler; Laurel Barrack; Carl Bendix; Greg Berlanti; Jerry and Linda Bruckheimer; Barbara Davis; Peter Koral; Daniel Driz; Natalie Edmonds Fair; Tina Frank; Layna Silvagni Friedman; Leslie Goodman; Billie Greer; Vera Janushkowsky; Jim and Suzy Cameron; Michael and Jena King; Blair and David Kohan; Jon Liebman; Sheryl and Rob Lowe; Donna and Greg Lucas; Jillian Manus; Wanda McDaniel; Nancy McFadden; Nancy Miller; Robbie Rogers; David and Tina Segel; Susie and Jon Sheinberg; Malissa and Bobby Shriver; Korosh Soltani; Ina Soltani; Nick and Kelly Styne; Daniel Zingale and Chuck Supple; Chip Sullivan; Bobby and Lauren Turner; Todd and Kari Wagner.

Sponsors:

Montage Residencies; Dewey Square Group; Lucas Public Affairs; Jupiter Ambrosia Productions; Riordan Foundation; Koret Foundation; Pfizer; Safeway; The California Endowment; United Talent Agency; Cannondale; Sugoi; William Morris Endeavor; Children’s Diabetes Foundation; Brillstein Entertainment Partners; Lunia Blue; Autism Foundation; G Fiori Floral Design; Balloon Celebrations; Skechers; Gallo Wine; LA Confidential; Chandra Scofield; Licensed Acupuncturist; Music by MISTER ROCKS; Makeup by Lisa G Artistry; Photography by Ann Cronin.

Product sponsors:

Dee Bee’s Frozen Organic Treats; Super Cool Creamery; Equinox; Vito Esposito; Nick Chavez Salon; Alan Friedman; Country Rocks and Barbie Rocks; Honest Tea; Larabar; Blaze Pizza; DMK Cosmetics; Giorgio Armani; Lole Athletic Ware; Green Line Beauty; Sprinkles; Bandolier; The Dry Bar; Emi Jay; Pop Chips; Reboot; TechnoGel Pillows; Shin Salon; Vanilla Bake Shop; Ina Soltani Designs; Flowers in Beverly Hills; Williams Sonoma; Pattern LA; Del Bondio Winery; Natalie Fair Jewelry; Fluer Collection Candles; Cloud Nine Comforts; Goorin Brothers Hat Shop; Koan Center Skin Care & Spa; Caffe Roma; Moore Dancing Cardio Dance Studio; M Café; Benefit Cosmetics.

ABOUT TEAM MARIA

Led by award-winning journalist and best-selling author, Maria Shriver, Team Maria launched in 2009 to ride, run and walk in the annual Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle and raise awareness and support for Best Buddies International, an organization founded by her brother, Anthony Shriver, dedicated to creating opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Lieutenant Governor of California Gavin Newsom serves as the team’s co-captain. Powered by fabulous friends and family and fantastic companies, the team has raised about $5 million for people with IDD and participates in the Challenge each year in memory of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Sargent Shriver. For more information, please visit http://www.GOTeamMaria.com, https://twitter.com/TeamMaria_HCC or https://www.facebook.com/TeamMaria.   

ABOUT BEST BUDDIES INTERNATIONAL

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. Founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant organization that has grown from one original chapter to almost 1,500 middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. As a result of their involvement with Best Buddies, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities secure rewarding jobs, live on their own, become inspirational leaders, and make lifelong friendships. For more information, please visit www.bestbuddies.org, facebook.com/bestbuddies or twitter.com/bestbuddies.

MEDIA MUST RSVP BY FRIDAY, JULY 11: Justin Knighten, 916-806-0391, Justin@LucasPublicAffairs.com, @JustinKK

 

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