Ladies and Gents, meet your 2017 Champions!
They’re all friends, leaders, givers and go-getters. But who will be Illinois’ ultimate Champion of the Year?
Best Buddies Board Member
Calibur Home Loans
Mortgage Loan Originator
FAVORITE QUOTE “life’s a journey. It’s not where you end up that matters, it’s the moments along the way”
MILD OBSESSION shopping
HIDDEN TALENT I can’t reveal all my secrets!
PEOPLE DESCRIBE ME AS positive
DREAM VACATION I am so ready to take my kids to see the ocean
Legacy Nominee of Michelle Dempster
Best Buddies Ambassador
Augustana University Chapter
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT books
MILD OBSESSION video games
INSPIRED BY Best Buddies
DREAM VACATION traveling to England to see friends
HAPPIEST WHEN speaking in front of a large group with all eyes on me
Best Buddies Staff
LAST SEEN tormenting my bf to look at my vegetable gardens progress..again and again.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT my furbabies <3
INSPIRED BY people who stick up for what they believe in
DESCRIBED BY OTHERS AS fun and laid back, but passionate and hardworking
MILD OBSESSION vacuuming
Special Education Association of Peoria County (SEAPCO)
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT my mother
FAVORITE PHRASE “are you serious?”
MILD OBSESSION coffee
HAPPIEST WHEN I get the opportunity to help others and be selfless. And serve the Lord in any way he wants me to serve.
HIDDEN TALENT loving others with no questions asked
State Farm Insurance
FAVORITE QUOTE “I choose to surround myself with phenomenal people who are confident and secure enough to know that there is room for all of us to make it to the finish line”
MILD OBSESSION online shopping to support small businesses
INSPIRED BY my two beautiful daughters
HIDDEN TALENT does keeping my kids alive count?
TOP BUCKET LIST ITEM European vacation
What is Champion of the Year?
It’s a friendly(ish) fundraising competition between a group of champions.
Whoever raises the most money wins bragging rights and a boatload of prizes (maybe even a boat). The best part? All funds – 100% of them – go to Best Buddies in your community. If you’re not quite sure why that’s awesome, ponder this:
We all love our best friends, right?
We talk on the phone, meet for coffee, catch a movie, crack corny jokes and eat too many nachos. In a nutshell, we do life together. But not everyone has a best friend. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities can struggle to make connections on their own. The need for belonging is essential – without it, there’s nothing but loneliness and isolation.
Best Buddies is here to make sure everyone has a sidekick.
Someone who knows your favorite ice cream flavor, surprises you on your birthday, picks you up when you’re down, and knows what makes you amazing. After all, isn’t that what we all want?
Our champions are here to raise the funds needed so that everyone can have a best friend.
Guess what? You can get in on the fun!
Come raise a glass to our Champions and officially launch the contest
Support your favorite Champion (or Champions – you can have more than one!)
Eat, drink, and be merry – celebrate all our Champions and crown the winner
We love our sponsors!
Become a sponsor today, give Jamie a call at
309 645 5850
We change the world for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through one-to-one friendships, leadership development and integrated employment
Best Buddies International is a 501 (c)(3) charity