Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022
6:00 PM – 10:30 PM | Dallas, TX
Thank you for participating in this year’s Champion of the Year event! Because of you, we were able to raise funds to sustain and help expand our Best Buddies programs in the area. We look forward to having you at next year’s event. With your help and support, our mission of inclusion lives on!
Best Buddies Champion of the Year is a competitive fundraising campaign that unites and recognizes leaders of inclusion in local communities nationwide.
Champion Candidates commit to raising funds and awareness for Best Buddies throughout their campaign. Our Champions advocate for the Best Buddies mission and will generate countless opportunities for friendships, jobs, and leadership development. At the Best Buddies Champion of the Year celebration, we honor the Champions’ collective impact and name the ultimate Champion of the Year!
Saturday, November 5, 2022
6:00 PM Cocktail Hour and Silent Auction
7:30 PM Dinner, Event Program, Live Auction
9:00 PM Dancing and Entertainment
10:30 PM Event Ends
The Statler Hotel
1914 Commerce St.
Dallas, TX 75201
Meet our 2022 North Texas Champion Candidates…
Honorary Chair Lisa Schmidt
Honorary Chair Lisa Schmidt launched and continues to direct the Highland Park United Methodist Church’s Belong Ministries Spotlight Academy of the Arts, a 13-year old program where adults with disabilities write, score, and stage their own original musical productions. Spotlight evolved as a direct result of a similar program Schmidt created working with teenagers on probation with the Dallas County Juvenile Department. Many of those teens had been diagnosed with learning differences or intellectual disabilities. Ultimately, they received the White House’s Coming Up Taller Award in 2004. HPUMC’s Spotlight Academy draws thespians from across the metroplex, including many members of Best Buddies.
Celebrity Champion George Teague
Former Dallas Cowboy and Alabama Sports Hall of Famer George Teague is the Celebrity Champion. Following his time as a player, Teague found his niche leading and coaching youth, having served as Athletic Director and head football coach at Harvest Christian Academy and Carrollton Christian Academy. Teague now serves as the Athletic Director at John Paul II High School in Plano Texas.
It is his time as coach and Athletic Director at The Shelton School, the largest independent school in the world for students with learning differences, that resonates with Best Buddies mission of friendship, leadership, and careers for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD).
Celebrity Champion Mission Partner Kelsey Hogan
Kelsey Hogan grew up knowing something was different, but not knowing exactly what it was. As an adult, testing resulted in nine different diagnoses…and the most common question remains: “What does a disabled person look like?” Beyond identifying as someone with IDD, Kelsey works full time in IT and has her own business consulting on ADA compliance for websites and the importance of inclusion in the digital spaces. Kelsey has been an ambassador for Best Buddies for over a year with her message that “we all share 90% of our DNA and we should celebrate the differences in humanity.”
Congrats to our 2022 North Texas Champion of the Year
Chris Boult and Annemarie Carrigan
Raised $80,850 for Best Buddies in North Texas
Click here for our Nationwide Champion Winners
A Glimpse of the Party…
All funds raised benefit Best Buddies – the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Our programs empower the special abilities of people with IDD by helping them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society.
The IDD community that Best Buddies serves includes, but is not limited to, people with Down Syndrome, Autism, Fragile X, Williams Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, traumatic brain injury and other undiagnosed disabilities.
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