People sitting around tables in a packed hall at the Best Buddies Bingo eventCongratulation to IUP Best Buddies for another successful event! IUP Best Buddies hosted its annual bingo event on November 13, 2021, in support of their buddies and families. Thanks to the organization’s hard work, the club was able to raise $2,700. All funds from this event will be used to help individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities (IDD) in the local community.

Everyone involved in the bingo night had a great time. To top it all off, IUP Best Buddies was informed that they were recognized as the Chapter of the Month for the state of Pennsylvania. 

Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization dedicated to creating inclusion for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As a club at IUP, the members are paired up in a one-to-one friendship with an individual in Indiana County who has IDD. This member essentially becomes their best friend.

The bingo fundraiser is just one opportunity for our buddies at IUP and the community to work together. This year's bingo event had over 150 individuals in attendance, with over 38 raffle baskets donated.