Champion of the Year

CENTRAL ILLINOIS

Night Golf Tournament
8th of September, 7.30pm-12:00am
Mt. Hawley Country Club, Peoria, IL

Champion of the Year Gala
14th of October,  6pm
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites at Grand Prairie, Peoria, IL

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?

CENTRAL ILLINOIS

Night Golf Tournament
8th of September, 7.30pm-12:00am
Mt. Hawley Country Club, Peoria, IL

Champion of the Year Gala
14th of October,  6pm
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites at Grand Prairie, Peoria, IL

KerryBickett

Kerry Bickett

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

JimCasey

Jim Casey

OnPoint Print & Promotion
Owner

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT coffee
FAVORITE PHRASE let’s author the solution” 
MILD OBSESSION bow hunting
INSPIRED BY Gary Vaynerchuk
HAPPIEST WHEN spending time with my wife and son

JulieGundy

Julie Gundy

LuLaRoe Consultant
Parent of Best Buddies Participants

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT coffee
FAVORITE PHRASE no coffee, no talkie”
MILD OBSESSION dark chocolate
DREAM VACATION Italy
TOP BUCKET LIST ITEM going on a zipline

CaseyJohnson

Casey Johnson

Legacy Nominee of Jim Thompson

LAST SEEN 
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT 
INSPIRED BY 
DESCRIBED BY OTHERS AS 
MILD OBSESSION 

MichaelJohnson

Michael Johnson

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

CaraKerchner

Cara Kerchner

Legacy Nominee of Jason Pasley
Alethia Studios
Co-Owner/Artist

MILD OBSESSION sour flavors
FAVORITE QUOTE “to each their own”
HIDDEN TALENT fire hooping
TOP BUCKET LIST ITEM hot air balloon ride over key regions of Europe & Africa
HAPPIEST WHEN outside

MikeMadanant

Mike Madanat

Best Buddies Board Member
Re/Max Traders Unlimited
Realtor

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT pets
FAVORITE QUOTE “if you want to be an anomaly, you need to act like one”
INSPIRED BY my parents
DESCRIBED BY OTHERS AS driven
TOP BUCKET LIST ITEM watch a Manchester United game in Europe

TylerProwell

Tyler Prowell

Best Buddies Ambassador
Program Participant
Illinois State University Chapter

MILD OBSESSION video games
INSPIRED BY meeting new people
DESCRIBED BY OTHERS AS kind and thoughtful
HIDDEN TALENT voice impressions
HAPPIEST WHEN around old friends

SamanthaSafran (1)

Samantha Safran

Best Buddies Participant
Bradley University Chapter

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT  my cellphone
MILD OBSESSION Carrie Underwood
FAVORITE PHRASE “YOLO”
INSPIRED BY my aunt
HIDDEN TALENT singing

TaylorLodewegen

Taylor Lodewegen

Best Buddies Staff
Development Coordinator

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

JessHoman

Jess Homan

Special Education Association of Peoria County (SEAPCO)
Student Facilitator

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

Champion of the Year

Shelby Lebouf

Anytime Fitness
Personal Trainer
Managing Director

MILD OBSESSION 
FAVORITE QUOTE
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT
DREAM VACATION 
TOP BUCKET LIST ITEM

RyanLaCosse

Ryan LaCosse

Cumulus Media
On-Air Personality

MILD OBSESSION monster trucks
INSPIRED BY opportunity and the magic of life
DESCRIBED BY OTHERS AS an outlandish dreamer
TOP BUCKET LIST ITEM taking a trip to the moon
HIDDEN TALENT beatboxing and singing at the same time

MissyStatz

Missy Statz

State Farm Insurance
Manager

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

EricHoss

Eric Hoss

State Farm Insurance
Director Transition/Migration Services
Managing Director

LOCAL FAVS chicago bears
HIDDEN TALENT monopoly board game tycoon 
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT raquetball
DREAM VACATION cruise to alaska
HAPPIEST WHEN with family

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!

Kick off

Come raise a glass to our Champions and officially launch the contest

Donate

Support your favorite Champion (or Champions – you can have more than one!)

Party

Eat, drink, and be merry – celebrate all our Champions and crown the winner

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We love our sponsors!

Become a sponsor today, give Jamie a call at
309 645 5850
jamiedavis@bestbuddies.org

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

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

309.645.5850 (cell) | jamiedavis@bestbuddies.org