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Dear Friends,

Happy New Year to all of you! We hope that you all are as excited for 2010 as we are!

Here at Best Buddies, we've got a lot planned for the coming year. We are so excited to be part of a global movement, and we have launched a 50-week campaign to celebrate our programs in 50 countries around the world (click here to learn more and to join). We plan to work with Special Olympics to help honor the indomitable spirit of the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver and to help Spread the Word to End the Word. We hope that you will join us in these efforts!

This year also marks the beginning of new chapter for e-Buddies. Ten years ago, Anthony Shriver entrusted Lisa Derx with launching Best Buddies' new online friendship program. Lisa helped turn a simple but powerful idea - building one-to-one e-mail friendships between people with and without an intellectual disability - into a flourishing global community with over 10,000 active participants and counting.

Starting this month, Lisa will be focusing her efforts exclusively on the important task of running the Government Relations department for Best Buddies. She will be sorely missed, but I know that she will continue to champion e-Buddies in her new role with Best Buddies and as an e-Buddies participant.

I cannot thank Lisa enough for all of her support. While I know that I cannot match her skillful stewardship, nor replace her wisdom, I am very excited for this new opportunity to help build upon Lisa's legacy and to take e-Buddies to new heights.

2010, here we come!

Take care,
Bill Maurer
Director, Online Programs
Best Buddies

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