Champion of the Year

CHICAGO

Kick Off
August 17th, 6-8pm
Barcocina 2901 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL

Party with a Purpose
October 13th, 7-11pm
Morgan’s on Fulton 950 W Fulton St, Chicago, IL

Ladies and Gents, meet your 2017 Champions!

They’re all friends, leaders, givers and go-getters. But who will be Chicago’s ultimate Champion of the Year?

CHICAGO

Kick Off
17th of August, 6pm-8pm
Barcocina 2901 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL

Party with a Purpose
13th of October at 7-11pm

Morgan’s on Fulton 950 W Fulton St, Chicago, IL

Ladies and Gents, meet your 2017 Champions!

They’re all friends, leaders, givers, and go-getters. But who will be Chicago’s ultimate Champion of the Year for Best Buddies?

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Flynn Okner

Employment Consultant, Best Buddies Illinois

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT:  Chocolate
DESCRIBED BY OTHERS AS: A great dancer, passionate, thoughtful
TOP BUCKET LIST ITEM: Go to Greece!  
HAPPIEST WHEN: Running, with my coworkers, friends, or doing anything outside!

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Elizabeth Schroeder

Graduate Student at Vanderbilt University

TOP BUCKET LIST Seeing Carolina win a National Championship in person
HIDDEN TALENT  one-time hand model
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT cheese
HAPPIEST WHEN  people get my references
FAVORITE QUOTE “This is what it’s all about. This right here. It’s on the floor, it’s on your shirt, and it’s in your heart”

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Annie Weinheimer

Project Coordinator of Special Affairs, Northwestern Memorial Hospital

FAVORITE PHRASE “You go girl!”
DESCRIBED BY OTHERS AS funny, passionate, relational
HIDDEN TALENT singing
DREAM VACATION Rent a house in Napa Valley with all of my friends and family
TOP BUCKET LIST ITEM become a boss, meet Beyoncé, live in Spain and change the world
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT my people (friends/family)

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Callie Canfield

Chapter President
Waubonsie Valley High School

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream
INSPIRED BY My Dad
DESCRIBED BY OTHERS AS passionate
FAVORITE QUOTE  Clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Colossians 3:12

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Zach Smith

Senior Sales Manager
Sage Green Life

LAST SEEN saving a small kitten from a burning building
LOCAL FAVES Chicago Bagel Authority, Sapori Trattoria
HIDDEN TALENT I can dunk a basketball
HAPPIEST WHEN getting my back scratched or getting a massage
DESCRIBED BY OTHERS AS positive
DREAM VACATION Santorini, Greece

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Kate Morrissey

 World’s Greatest Intern, Best Buddies Illinoisor

FAVORITE QUOTE “Stay Human”-Michael Franti
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT working for a greater good
DREAM VACATION South Africa and surrounding countries
TOP BUCKET LIST ITEM hike Mount Kilimanjaro
LAST SEEN at Sweetgreen
HAPPIEST WHEN the weather is warm, my family and friends are in good spirits and I have little to worry about

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Joseph Labetti

Financial Analyst
Great Wolf Lodge

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT Coffee
INSPIRED BY other people telling me I can’t so I can show them I can
DESCRIBED BY OTHERS AS loyal, funny and sometimes a little crazy
FAVORITE QUOTE  “There is no such thing as shoulda, coulda, woulda, because if you shoulda and coulda, you woulda done it.”

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Molly Wiesman

Administrative Assistant
Peters & Associates

LAST SEEN At Starbucks
INSPIRED BY My parents
HIDDEN TALENT writing & needlepoint
FAVORITE QUOTE “I seldom think of my limitations, and they never make me sad. Perhaps there is just a touch of yearning at times; but it is vague, like a breeze among flowers.”-Helen Keller
DESCRIBED BY OTHERS AS funny
DREAM VACATION  Going back to San Francisco

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

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.

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We love our sponsors!

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Katie Rose at 312.828.9313 or Kaitlynrose@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

312.828.9313
kaitlynrose@bestbuddies.og

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

(203) 234 – 3996  |  connecticut@bestbuddies.org