Ranj Puthran "Helping Hands Award" Recipient Steve Schwartz

Ranj-SteveA Buddy to a Great Cause

This month we recognize the dedication and commitment of Steve Schwartz, a Zionsville resident and owner of the local children’s boutique Ballerinas and Bruisers for his advocacy for Best Buddies of Indiana, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Schwartz’s cousin Mary Delaney founded the Indiana Chapter in 2001 and Schwartz joined the Best Buddies Annual Gala Auxiliary Committee in 2013. Schwartz assists in raising funds and bringing in sponsors to help achieve the organization’s goals.

This month, Schwartz is co-hosting the local Rose Society dinner aimed at raising donations of $1,000 or more from individuals and families to support Best Buddies programs of friendship and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities. “I hope to assist in creating awareness of the incredible programs that Best Buddies of Indiana provides to its members who are school-age, college-age or in the work-force and to their families. The people that I have met and the relationships that I have built through working with Best Buddies are life-changing and simply incredible.”

To nominate someone, go to Facebook.com/RanjPuthranHelpingHands or ranjputhran@allstate.com.