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BEST DAY FOUNDATION

Making Special Days for Special Kids

Mission

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Best Day Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit (Tax ID 87-4526520) that enables children and young adults with special needs to build confidence and self-esteem through adventure activities which stretch their limits, expand their true potential, reinforce their achievement, & connect them with diverse populations in their community.

Special needs supported:

 •  Autism

 •  Blindness

 •  Cancer

 •  Cerebral Palsy

 •  Cystic fibrosis

 •  Down syndrome

 •  Muscular dystrophy

 •  Other injury, illness or developmental challenges

Current activities include:

 •  Tandem surfing

 •  Body boarding

 •  Kayaking

 •  SUP (stand up paddling)

 •  Beach activities

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What People are Saying

"Our 11 year old son Anthony literally had the time of his life. My husband and I had perpetual smiles on our faces, watching him experience the surfing. At one point, I was standing on the sand screaming with excitement for him. As parents we try to provide him with opportunities to experience life, despite being unable to walk and talk. We have photos of him smiling ear-to-ear, sitting on the surfboard with a surfer volunteer on the board to support him. The staff worked so hard, and we truly appreciated their time and energy to make the event happen. We would make every effort to sign Anthony up again for the surfing event. All we can say is: THANK YOU!!!!" - Pam G

"We are so impressed with Best Day Foundation - the concept, the consistency around organizing the event, the volunteers, the way BDF takes care of the kids/youth who attend the event. Thanks so much for doing this. It goes a long way in building confidence in these kids/youth who otherwise would not be able to experience the wild fun of water sports in the ocean." - Danji T

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Upcoming Events

  • Cheers for a Cause at Big Ugly Brewing
    May 29, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Chesapeake, 845 S Battlefield Blvd, Chesapeake, VA 23322, USA
 

Story of Best Day

Best Day is a non-profit founded in March 2008 in Santa Cruz, CA by Brooks Lambert and Max Montgomery, two long-time Ride a Wave volunteers who wished to share a similar program with other communities. The first chapter was started in 2008 in New Jersey with co-chairs Alexis and Lake Downham, and Best Day grew from there to include chapters in California, Florida, and Virginia.  With the passing of our founder, Brooks, in the fall of 2021, Best Day Foundation took a shift in the organizational aspect, but not in the mission or vision.  Best Day now serves the communities on the Virginia and New Jersey coast.  

 

 

We achieve this by empowering our local communities to offer special days at the beach to children with special needs.  The program is funded through donations, grants and sponsorships.


 


Lake Downham
Alexis Downham
Mike Zichelli

Strategy

Board of Directors

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Donate

You can make a difference!

 

Join us today and make a tax-deductible donation.

Feel good knowing your contribution will create more smiles and life changing experiences for kids and young adults who wouldn’t have the opportunity without your support.

It costs approximately $250 per child, per event to cover the expenses of insurance, our specialized equipment, permits, systems, transportation and more.

Best Day Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit (Tax ID 87-4526520).  Your tax-deductible donation helps children and young adults with special needs build confidence and self-esteem through safe, fun adventure activities which stretch their limits, expand their true potential, reinforce their achievement, and connect them with diverse populations in their community. 

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For corporate sponsorship inquires please email us at sponsor@bestday-foundation.org

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