Champion of the Year

CONNECTICUT

Kick Off
June 29, 6.30 pm-7 pm
Eli’s on Whitney, Hamden

Sunset Soirée Gala
September 9, 5:00 pm
Silver Sands Beach Club, East Haven

Ladies and Gents, meet your 2017 Champions!

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

CONNECTICUT

Kick Off
June 29, 6.30 pm-7 pm
Eli’s on Whitney, Hamden

Sunset Soirée Gala
September 9, 5:00 pm
Silver Sands Beach Club, East Haven

Ladies and Gents, meet your 2017 Champions!

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

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Sarah Pandoursky

Manager, Growth and Expansion, MPA
Wholesome Wave

FAVORITE QUOTE “It’s hard to explain how a few precious things seem to follow throughout all our lives”
INSPIRED BY my strong and amazing friends
TOP BUCKET LIST ITEM to play with an elephant
DREAM VACATION anywhere I could play with an elephant

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Steve Colgan

Pfizer Worldwide Research and Development
Senior Director/Retired

LAST SEEN with Joan Jett at the Best Buddies Challenge
DESCRIBED BY OTHERS AS that guy with the loud (and sometimes snorting) laugh
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT some sort of exercise every day (actually I just get grumpy when I don’t exercise)
HAPPIEST WHEN my kids or people I mentor are successful and fulfilled after finishing a difficult task

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Peter Ramsay

MW Financial Group LTD
Managing Director

LAST SEEN smiling
FAVORITE PHRASE “I intend to live forever.” So far so good!
DESCRIBED BY OTHERS AS the eternal optimist
HIDDEN TALENT unicycling (for real)
DREAM VACATION Nantucket with no cell phone
TOP BUCKET LIST ITEM to catch a bluefin tuna
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT my daughter

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Valerie Strange

Quinnipiac University
Assistant Clinical Professor of Occupational Therapy

LAST SEEN purging my home and office of junk!
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT my family or pizza
INSPIRED BY innovative people, those who can turn a problem into an opportunity
DESCRIBED BY OTHERS AS kind, team player, generous, devoted, positive, energetic
MILD OBSESSION Pinterest

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Mike Wieliczka

Best Buddies International
Deputy Director, Expansion and Training

LAST SEEN at the Special Olympics Summer Games
LOCAL FAVES the lake to fish or hike
HIDDEN TALENT I can whistle well
HAPPIEST WHEN camping in Maine with family and my dog
DESCRIBED BY OTHERS AS funny, caring and outgoing
FAVORITE PHRASE Jeepers!

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Paula Teed

Amazing Human Being 
Managing Director

MILD OBSESSION shoes
FAVORITE QUOTE “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken”
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT my family, chocolate and friends
DREAM VACATION Australia and New Zealand
TOP BUCKET LIST ITEM hike down into the Grand Canyon

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Catherina Carlette

Mentor for Children with Special Needs 

HIDDEN TALENT juggling a soccer ball 
FAVORITE QUOTE “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away”
INSPIRED BY people overcoming obstacles in life
TOP BUCKET LIST ITEM to go to Australia
DREAM VACATION Bora Bora 

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Nancy Meyer

Awesome Human Being 

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Peter Ramsay

MW Financial Group LTD
Managing Director

LAST SEEN smiling
FAVORITE PHRASE “I intend to live forever.” So far so good!
DESCRIBED BY OTHERS AS the eternal optimist
HIDDEN TALENT unicycling (for real)
DREAM VACATION Nantucket with no cell phone
TOP BUCKET LIST ITEM to catch a bluefin tuna
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT my daughter

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 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

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