Champion of the Year

ORLANDO

Kick Off

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Gala
Friday, October 13, 2017 6pm-11pm
Rosen Shingle Creek
9939 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL

ORLANDO

Kick Off

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Gala
Friday, October 13, 2017 6pm-11pm
Rosen Shingle Creek
9939 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL

Ladies and Gents, meet your 2017 Champions!

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

WP Cary Ombres

Cary Ombres

Director of Jobs
Best Buddies Florida

FAVORITE QUOTE “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” – Wayne Gretzky – Michael Scott
INSPIRED BY Sara Ombres
TOP BUCKET LIST ITEM Winning Champion of the Year competition in 2017
DREAM VACATION Hawaii

WP Michelle Metheny

Michelle Metheny

Independent Director & Recruiter with Pampered Chef

Teacher for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

LAST SEEN Boss Baby
FAVORITE PHRASE If you think you can or you think you can’t.  You’re Right!  – H.Ford

DESCRIBED BY OTHERS AS Tenacious
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT New life changes
HIDDEN TALENT The ability to motivate others

WP Brian Holmes

Brian Holmes

Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Nova Technologies

FAVORITE QUOTE  “The person who figures out how to harness the collective genius of his or her organization is going to blow the competition away” – Walter Wriston, former Chairman and CEO of Citicorp
DESCRIBED BY OTHERS AS Gregarious and fun
HIDDEN TALENT Stetting off metal detectors
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT Faith

WP Heather Barnes

Heather Barnes

Best Buddies
Senior Director, State Operations & Programs

LAST SEEN playing taxi to kids….gymnastic, dance, baseball, birthday parties, meet the teacher….you get the picture!
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT  My BRAVO shows
INSPIRED BY all the amazing program participants and staff who work so hard on the front lines bringing awareness to our mission each and every day!

WP Heather Kirson

Heather Kirson

The Elder Law Center of Kirson & Fuller

Florida Bar Certified Elder Law Attorney 

LAST SEEN 
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT 
INSPIRED BY 
DESCRIBED BY OTHERS AS 
MILD OBSESSION 

WP Jeff Streep

Jeff Streep

JLL
Vice President – Brokerage

LAST SEEN 
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT 
INSPIRED BY 
DESCRIBED BY OTHERS AS 
MILD OBSESSION 

WP Justin Stamper

Justin Stamper

Blueprint Real Estate Group
Owner

LAST SEEN 
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT 
INSPIRED BY 
DESCRIBED BY OTHERS AS 
MILD OBSESSION 

WP Ron Sotomayor

Ron Sotomayor

CEO, Sodo Holdings LLC
Clinical Consultant, Florida Hospital

LAST SEEN  At Lowes buying drywall
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT  My Iphone
INSPIRED BY  Marianne Williamson
DESCRIBED BY OTHERS AS  Giving
MILD OBSESSION  Interior Design

WP Tony Decotis

Tony Decotis

Merrill Lynch
Financial Advisor

LAST SEEN 
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT 
INSPIRED BY 
DESCRIBED BY OTHERS AS 
MILD OBSESSION 

WP Ute Krantz

Ute Krantz

Bluefire Wellness LLC
Founder, LMHC, LLC

LAST SEEN 
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT 
INSPIRED BY 
DESCRIBED BY OTHERS AS 
MILD OBSESSION 

WP Renee Friedman

Renee Friedman

FASTSIGNS Orlando Central
CEO

LAST SEEN  At the Cure Bowl Kick-off Event
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT  My Phone
INSPIRED BY  Haley, my awesome daughter
DESCRIBED BY OTHERS AS  funny, caring, go-getter
MILD OBSESSION  Starbucks Green Tea

WP Melissa Kantrowitz

Melissa Kantrowitz

Company
Title

LAST SEEN  At a theme park with my kids!
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT  My husband
INSPIRED BY  My children
DESCRIBED BY OTHERS AS  Sweet and a social butterfly
MILD OBSESSION  Cruising

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

We love our sponsors!

Become a sponsor today, give us a call at
407.898.0787
Emily Hunt@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

(407) 898 – 0787 ext. 109
EmilyHunt@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

(407) 898 – 0787 ext. 109
EmilyHunt@bestbuddies.org