MIAMI (WSVN) - It was a big night for a nonprofit dedicated to fostering special friendships and creating opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Best Buddies held its 25th Annual Miami Gala, Friday night.

“We’re all excited tonight, because Tom Brady’s getting his award, and he’s been a tremendous advocate and Ambassador for Best Buddies for years and years and years,” said Andy Ansin, CEO of Sunbeam Television Corp. “Everybody loves Tom Brady.”

NFL legend Tom Brady was honored with the Spirit of Leadership Award for his 20-plus years working as an Ambassador for the organization.

“There is nothing in our life that can be accomplished as an individual. It always comes down to who’s on our life, who’s supporting us, who our friends are, and that’s what this mission is all about.”

Earlier in the day, Best Buddies held its Celebration of Inclusion Ride on Miami Beach, led by four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome.

“I think we’ve had the biggest turnout that we’ve had in the history of the Best Buddies Challenge here in Miami,” he said. “We’ve had the roads completely closed down for us going through downtown, just absolutely insane. I mean, it’s an experience you’d never get to do otherwise.”

“Great community of 50 cyclists raising millions of dollars for our cause, and we just had a home run day in every shape, form or fashion,” said Anthony Shriver, Best Buddies’ founder and chairman.

Funds raised at the challenge and Friday’s gala will benefit Best Buddies International. WSVN is a proud longtime sponsor of this organization.

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