Best Buddies Champion of the Year

What is Champion of the Year?

Champion of the Year presented by Delta Fair and Stonebridge Golf Club is an annual eight week fundraising competition organized by the Best Buddies Memphis Advisory Board, featuring a select group of community leaders prominent in Memphis and the surrounding areas. These philanthropic trailblazers compete to raise the most funds for Best Buddies Tennessee and earn the ultimate title of Champion of the Year.

By reaching out to the community to raise funds and spread awareness, candidates champion for Best Buddies, our mission and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout Memphis. The campaign will culminate at the inaugural “Party with a Purpose” at the Ducks Unlimited National Headquarters, where the candidate who has raised the largest amount in donations will be recognized. By definition, that candidate will have surpassed all rivals in the competition; and therefore, becomes a champion. He or she will aptly receive the title of Champion of the Year, along with a trip for two to New York City.

All funds raised through the 2014 Champion of the Year campaign will benefit Best Buddies Tennessee. All donations are exempt from tax.

For more information, please contact us at or (901) 937-0005.

The Candidates

The ideal candidates are business and community leaders who are ambitious, socially active, philanthropic, well-networked, and passionate about making a difference in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Candidates will receive great recognition in the Memphis and surrounding market and will have the opportunity to work with a Buddy – a person with IDD.

Standing left to right: Matthew Fields, Holly Baddley, David Specht, Christina Marbury
Sitting left to right- Liz Harmeier, Olivia Shawkey, Taylor Edwards
Not pictured: Cody Hanford and Jennifer McAlpin

The Reason

Although people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) have been given many legal rights over the last 50 years, they are still socially isolated in the communities in which they live. Too many individuals with IDD eat lunch by themselves every day at school, have never received a phone call from anyone outside of their family, or have someone they can call a friend.

Champion of the Year candidates are a part of the solution to this problem. The funds they raise will help Best Buddies Tennessee enhance the lives of people with IDD by matching them into one-to-one friendships with their non-disabled peers that can last a lifetime.

Founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant, international non-profit organization that has grown from one original chapter at Georgetown University to more than 1,500 college, high school and middle school campuses around the world.

Memphis Advisory Board Members-Amy Hanford, Kristin Barek, Kim Tracy,
Kim McDaniel, Tracey Clifton, Cynthia Salem, Sheryl Shipman, Baretta Stewart,
Liz Marino & Rick Marino

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Recently Registered Candidates:

Holly Baddley

Cody Hanford

Olivia Shawkey

Christina Marbury

Taylor Edwards

Liz Harmeier

Mathew Fields

David Specht

Jennifer Mcalpin