Cast of ‘Secret Life of The American Teenager’ Grand Marshall Best Buddie

Best Buddies California is cranking into high gear for the organization’s annual Festival of Friendship. This year’s carnival- style festival features an exciting free text campaign with the opportunity to win tickets to a Jonas Bros concert or the Super Bowl, Grand Marshalls *Michelle Marks* and Luke Zimmerman from the ABC Family series “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” delicious food, and live entertainment on Saturday, March 14 from 12:00 until 4:00 p.m. at Brentwood High School. All proceeds will benefit Best Buddies California programs.

Michelle & Luke

Best Buddies California is a non profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment. This year’s Festival of Friendship will be an outstanding example of buddies in action! Highlights include:


– Actors Michelle Marks and Luke Zimmerman from the ABC Family series “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” will be front and center as the Grand Marshalls of a one mile friendship walk.

– Best Buddies Jobs Participant David G., who is employed by the Long Beach Mayor’s office, will preside as Master of Ceremonies for the event.

– No Boundries, a rock band made up of musicians with disabilities, will rock the track with a live performance.

Best Buddies California is also excited to announce its first time partnership with Cedars Sinai Blood Services. A blood drive will be held in conjunction with the Festival of Friendship from 11:00am-4:00pm. If you would like to donate blood, please look for the Cedars Sinai bloodmobile near registration!

To cover the Festival of Friendship please contact Rachel Spooner at 310- 642-2620 ext 208, or on her cell at 310-990-9270. [email protected]

About Best Buddies

Founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant, international organization that has grown from one original chapter to more than 1,400 middle school, high school, and college campuses across the country and internationally. Best Buddies is now active in each of the 50 United States and operates accredited international programs in 42 countries. Our six formal programs – Best Buddies Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies and Jobs – positively impact more than 350,000 individuals with and without intellectual disabilities, as well as their respective network of family, friends, and employers. As a result of their involvement with Best Buddies, people with intellectual disabilities secure rewarding jobs, live on their own, and make lifelong friendships.