Champion of the Year

NASHVILLE

Presented by Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurants and Lipscomb University College of Business

KICK OFF
September 14th, 6.30pm-8:30pm
TechnologyAdvice, Nashville

PARTY WITH A PURPOSE
November 10th
Rocketown, Nashville

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?

NASHVILLE

KICK OFF
September 14th, 6.30pm-8:30pm
TechnologyAdvice, Nashville

PARTY WITH A PURPOSE
November 10th
Rocketown, Nashville

Ryan Lafferty

Ryan Lafferty

Ryan Lafferty Music
Singer-Songwriter

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

Jade Linstead

Jade Linstead

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

Haley Hatchell

Haley Hatchell

Brentwood Baptist Church
Kairos Ministry

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

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Laci Bonner

The NASH Collection
Owner

LOCAL FAVES Red Door
MILD OBSESSION my ragdoll cat – Bella
FAVORITE QUOTE “A goal without a deadline is only a dream.”
TOP BUCKET LIST ITEM visit every major island in the Caribbean
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT Diet Coke
HIDDEN TALENT grill-master

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Ally Barrett

The NASH Collection
Manager

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

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Taylor Barnette

Tennessee Titans
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

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Megan Miller

Calvert Street Group
Operations Manager

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

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Grace Dodd

Brentwood High School
Student

LAST SEEN at the YMCA working
HAPPIEST WHEN I am with my family and friends
INSPIRED BY Ms. Courage (my teacher)
DESCRIBED BY OTHERS AS happy
DREAM VACATION Australia to meet The Wiggles
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT Best Buddies

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Lenny Lapidario

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

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Rachel Layton

A. Marshall Family Foods
Marketing Director

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

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Justin Zolot

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!

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Nila Huddleston

Best Buddies Citizens
Participant

LAST SEEN with the Next Steps program at Vanderbilt
HAPPIEST WHEN spending time with my friends
FAVORITE PHRASE Diva
DESCRIBED BY OTHERS AS camp staff
DREAM VACATION the beach
HIDDEN TALENT singing and dancing

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Mamie Shepherd

Ryan Seacrest Foundation, Seacrest Studios at Vanderbilt
Program Manager

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!

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Justinn Lander

J Lander Salon
Owner/Stylist

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

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Alex Jorgensen

Microsoft
Community Development Specialist

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Taylor Werthen

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

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Nathan Fields

InterVarsity
Campus Minister

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!

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Sunny Bray

TechBridge, Inc.
Tennessee Community Leader

MILD OBSESSION sweet matcha tea
FAVORITE QUOTE “Leave things better than you found them.”
TOP BUCKET LIST ITEM a hot air balloon ride
DREAM VACATION Santorini
HIDDEN TALENT figure skating

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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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

For event inquiries and sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Kendyl Ricketts

KendylRicketts@bestbuddies.org
615-891-2046

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.

(615) 891 – 2046
KendylRicketts@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.

(615) 891 – 2046  |  KendylRicketts@bestbuddies.org