Ladies and Gents, meet your 2017 Champions!
They’re all friends, leaders, givers and go-getters. But who will be Nashville’s ultimate Champion of the Year?
Ryan Lafferty Music
HAPPIEST WHEN in the studio
LOCAL FAVES 312, Red Bicycle, Patterson House
INSPIRED BY John Mayer
DESCRIBED BY OTHERS AS tactful
DREAM VACATION anywhere with crystal blue water
FAVORITE QUOTE “Life’s a garden. Dig it.”
TOP BUCKET LIST ITEM write with Adele
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT the Cincinnati Reds
Empire Distributions of TN
Director of Marketing
LAST SEEN dancing at Live on the Green
FAVORITE PHRASE just Google it
MILD OBSESSION taking pictures and making memories
DESCRIBED BY OTHERS AS outgoing and driven
FAVORITE QUOTE “You can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.”
TOP BUCKET LIST ITEM see the northern lights and go whale watching
Brentwood Baptist Church
HAPPIEST WHEN spending time with my family
LOCAL FAVES enjoying live music
FAVORITE PHRASE Roll Tide
MILD OBSESSION cheetah print
INSPIRED BY my best buddy Carolyn
DESCRIBED BY OTHERS AS sunshine
TOP BUCKET LIST ITEM attend NY Fashion week
DREAM VACATION travel to all the Hawaiian islands
The NASH Collection
HAPPIEST WHEN spending time with friends and family
LOCAL FAVES Caviar & Bananas (I can’t stay away!), live music
FAVORITE PHRASE GO COUGS!
MILD OBSESSION photography
INSPIRED BY my parents
DESCRIBED BY OTHERS AS fun-loving
DREAM VACATION Santorini, Greece
Suite Sales and Service Assistant
HAPPIEST WHEN on the beach
LOCAL FAVES Baja Burrito
MILD OBSESSION The Office
DESCRIBED BY OTHERS AS energetic
DREAM VACATION Maldvies
FAVORITE QUOTE “He must become greater. I must become less.”
TOP BUCKET LIST ITEM skateboard down scenic road in Iceland
Calvert Street Group
MILD OBSESSION Target
DESCRIBED BY OTHERS AS independent, resilient, funny, compassionate
FAVORITE QUOTE “Your strengths will impress people, but your weaknesses will influence people. ”
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT music
HIDDEN TALENT I can talk like stitch
Parallon Supply Chain Solutions
Contract Services Manager
LOCAL FAVES Saint Anejo, Browns Diner, Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar
INSPIRED BY my sister
DESCRIBED BY OTHERS AS humble and caring
TOP BUCKET LIST ITEM bungee jumping
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT the Baltimore Ravens
A. Marshall Family Foods
LAST SEEN at Richland Creek Greenway
INSPIRED BY folks who have light in their eyes. They always change or innovate something and I find passion invigorating.
MILD OBSESSION traveling to new places & beach reading
FAVORITE QUOTE “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” -Theodore Roosevelt
Postmates Corporate Office
Area Director, Washington D.C. & Philadelphia
LOCAL FAVES Jackalope Brewery, BarTaco
MILD OBSESSION Sam Adams Oktoberfest
FAVORITE QUOTE “If you don’t believe in yourself, why is anyone else going to believe in you?” – Tom Brady
TOP BUCKET LIST ITEM visit all 30 major league ballparks
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT spending NFL Sundays with my Nashville Patriots Fan Club family!
Ryan Seacrest Foundation, Seacrest Studios at Vanderbilt
FAVORITE PHRASE You’re listening to Seacrest Studios!
INSPIRED BY the sweet littles I work with at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, and the precious friends I have made through Best Buddies
DESCRIBED BY OTHERS AS a duck on water — calm on the outside, but paddling feverishly underneath the surface
DREAM VACATION Paris
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT my family, faith, and…hairspray!
J Lander Salon
LOCAL FAVES Las Maracas in East Nashville
MILD OBSESSION horror movies
FAVORITE QUOTE “Accept everything which you cannot change, even if it seems disagreeable.”
TOP BUCKET LIST ITEM traveling to every continent
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT the internet and sci fi movies
HIDDEN TALENT 3rd Degree Black Belt In Tae Kwon Do
Franklin Road Academy
Heart to Heart Instructor
LOCAL FAVES L.A. Jackson, Sunflower Cafe
FAVORITE PHRASE “It’s gonna be legen — wait for it — dary.”
MILD OBSESSION finding shooting stars
INSPIRED BY my parents
DESCRIBED BY OTHERS AS adventurous, witty, and loyal
DREAM VACATION nonstop trip to see all 7 wonders of the world
MILD OBSESSION watermelon smoothies
DESCRIBED BY OTHERS AS passionate and energetic
FAVORITE QUOTE “Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
TOP BUCKET LIST ITEM visit Disney with my wife and three kids, and my buddy Jason!
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 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.
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