Best Buddies International
Can’t Live Without: Coffee
Last Seen: Chasing my 11 month old around the house
Dream Vacation: Chartering a yacht in the Mediterranean with my family
Inspired By: My mom
Mild Obsession: My daughter, Piper and Lab, Lucy – full blown obsession
VP/Business Controls Manager
Bank of America
Last Seen: Trying to keep up with her teen girls at the mall!!
Inspired By: My mom and dad – as immigrants, they showed me that tenacity and persistence do pay off
Dream Vacation: Bora Bora
Mild Obsession: watching the kids skateboard anywhere, but especially at Kona State Park
VP of Strategic Relations
Described By Others As: “generous and kind. And someone I would want in my lifeboat” 🙂
Can’t Live Without: My kids
Hidden Talent: water skiing
Dream Vacation: long getaway on a private caribbean island with my closest friends and family
Top Bucket List Item: Retire early on a boat
Mild Obsession: Cake
Joe McGhee Insurance Agency, Inc | State Farm Agency
Described By Others As: Joe U…Fun and good looking –with a wry sense of humor 😉
Hidden Talent: Can drain the 3 “from wayyyy downtown”, Mad rap skillz, and makes great omelets (exotic cheeses are the secret)
Dream Vacation: Asia
Inspired By: My parents, grandparents, my children and the general goodness of kind people
Real Estate Agent
Exit Real Estate
Last Seen: Celebrating another “Closing Day” for The Cole Slate EXIT Real Estate Gallery Team
Happiest When: Raising awareness for Best Buddies!
Inspired By: Teachers – some of the best leaders in our community!
Favorite Quote: “Tuesdays are for Tacos”
Hidden Talent: Flip cup
Favorite Quote: “True, I was arrogant, but perhaps that is not the worst trait for a woman to have.” – Rachel, The Marriage of Opposites
Local Faves: 13 Gypsies, Biscottis, Bold Bean, Momni Boutique, & Dreamette
Mild Obsession: Blue Bell’s The Great Divide
Described By Others As: Creative and bubbly
Last Seen: Working on my latest children’s book story
Inspired By: Anyone who overcomes insurmountable challenges and goes on to mighty success, while reaching back to help others
Local Faves: San Marco Bookstore, Cinco de Mayo on Atlantic Blvd., NaVera Farms
Independent Emerald Ambassador
Described By Others As: Compassionate, Loyal, Fierce
Can’t Live Without: my pink drink, of course
Last Seen: being the mama taxi of 4
Hidden Talent: target shooting
Favorite Quote: A child born to another woman calls me mom. The depth of the tragedy and the magnitude of the privilege are not lost on me. ~Jody Lander
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