POTOMAC, Md., Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Distinguished Israeli officials including The Honorable Dalia Itzik, Speaker of the Knesset, State of Israel; The Honorable and Mrs. Benjamin Netanyahu, former Israeli Prime Minister; The Honorable Israel Meir Lau, former Chief Rabbi, State of Israel; as well as the leaders of several top Israeli universities will gather in Potomac, Maryland on October 28, 2006 at the home of Sargent and Eunice Kennedy Shriver for the 18th Annual Best Buddies Ball benefiting Best Buddies International and its programs for people with intellectual disabilities. This year's event, themed "Tzedakah," a Hebrew term for righteous giving, will also support the launch of Best Buddies programs for people with intellectual disabilities in Israel. This expansion is part of Best Buddies International's initiative to operate programs in 50 countries by 2010. Today, Best Buddies has 26 accredited international programs on six continents. Founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Best Buddies is a nonprofit organization that provides social integration opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities through one-to-one friendship and integrated employment. David Caruso, star of the hit television show CSI: Miami, will be honored at the Ball with the Spirit of Leadership Award for his contributions to Best Buddies over the years. The black-tie event also includes formal dinner, auctions and performance by musical guest Blondie. For more information on the Best Buddies Ball, visit www.bestbuddiesball.org or contact Joslyn Matthews, email@example.com, 954-940-0461.
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