Champion Kick Off Party
Friday, August 25, 2017 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Jackson’s Bar & Bistro; 601 S Harbour Island Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602
Friday, November 10, 2017 6:30 – 11:00 PM
The Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina 700 S. Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33602
Thank You to our Event Chairs
Honorary Gala Chair & USF Head Football Coach, Charlie Strong
Advisory Board Gala Chair, John Schroeder
Ladies and Gents, meet your 2017 Champions!
They’re all friends, leaders, givers and go-getters. But who will be Tampa Bay’s ultimate Champion of the Year?
Ladies and Gents, meet your 2017 Champions!
They’re all friends, leaders, givers, and go-getters. But who will be Tampa Bay’s ultimate Champion of the Year for Best Buddies?
Locale Gourmet Market,
Director of Catering and Events
HAPPIEST WHEN cooking for family and spending time with my children, Joel & Isabelle
MILD OBSESSION any Netflix original series: recently, Friend from College
INSPIRED BY my mom for her strong will and dedication to her family & my dad for his rock solid never ending positive outlook in life
FAVORITE QUOTE “If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it — then I can achieve it.” – M. Ali
Premier Sotheby’s International Realty,
INSPIRED BY our amazing buddies, their families, and everyone i’ve met through Best Buddies!
FAVORITE PHRASE “Never underestimate the power of a single act of kindness.”
LOCAL FAVORITES Ocean Prime, Goody Goody Burger, Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill, Fresh Kitchen and Mr. Penguin
DREAM VACATION Turks & Caicos Islands, Australia, French Polynesia, Ireland.
Law Student and Model,
HIDDEN TALENT ballet dancing and fashion design/styling
DESCRIBED BY OTHERS AS compassionate, energetic, fun, kind, giving, loyal, hardworking, driven, and always happy!
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT my family and faith
HAPPIEST WHEN when with my loved ones, dancing, and on stage!
Director, HR & Administration
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT my pillow
MILD OBSESSION unicorns
HAPPIEST WHEN I’ve slept 7 hours, i’ve worked out and had my coffee
FAVORITE PHRASE “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”
First American Title,
Branch Manager & Licensed Title Agent
DESCRIBED BY OTHERS AS great personality, motivated, brave, first-class, and helpful
MILD OBSESSION cheese
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT music
FAVORITE QUOTE “Be who you are and say how you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss
10 News WTSP,
DESCRIBED BY OTHERS AS driven, passionate, and persistent, especially when it comes to my career.
MILD OBSESSION soup
HAPPIEST WHEN I’m out on the water or at a country music concert
FAVORITE QUOTE “If you can conceive it and believe it, then you can achieve it.”
INSPIRED BY industry greats like, ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt
Nell & Audrey Abram
Freelance Journalist & Student,
TOP BUCKET LIST ITEM dive The Great Barrier Reef (Audrey); Seeing the Northern Lights (Nell)
HAPPIEST WHEN I’m camping and exploring the natural world (Nell)
MILD OBSESSION Outback cheese fries (Audrey)
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT my phone (Audrey); my children (Nell)
DREAM VACATION Italy and Greece (Audrey)
Beth Ann Hill
The Press Box,
DESCRIBED AS funny, loyal and a ball; bouncing in whatever direction I go
MILD OBSESSION animals, especially my 2 dogs. I hope to have a farm when I retire
INSPIRED BY Best Buddies and their volunteers.
HAPPIEST WHEN with my family, at home, traveling, or at our beach cottage
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 love our sponsors!
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) nonprofit