32nd Annual Teddi Dance to Honor Memory of Young Camper
Boy band hour, Jock jams hour, Diva hour, Senior hour, and Top Pop hour will make up five of the 24 hours of the 32nd Annual Teddi Dance for Love on February 21 and 22 as hundreds of St. John Fisher College students, faculty, and staff descend upon the dance floor to once again raise money for Camp Good Days and Special Times.
Preparations will begin on Thursday evening, when some members of the Teddi Committee start to transform the gym into the perfect haven for a dance marathon full of music and emotion.
To date, the Teddi Dance for Love has raised over $900,000 to benefit the children and families of Camp Good Days. And the year-long planning begins just as soon as the marathon ends, thanks to a dedicated committee of students.
Co-chairs Jenny Keeler and Olivia Gosdeck have been hard at work for the last year leading the Teddi Committee - the largest committee in the event’s history, with 104 members on the roster.
In addition, the committee has already begun to collect hair donations as part of the event, which in turn will be donated to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths Campaign. David Soldi '75 has closed his salon, L. David Salon and Spa, for the past six years to provide volunteer stylists for the ceremonial haircuts at the event. In that time, they have cut nearly 9,000 inches of hair that has been donated through Teddi.
The event will also feature live performances by Ball in the House (a Boston-based band who has appeared on “America’s Got Talent”); Measure 13, the College’s a cappella group; and the Fisher faculty/staff band, Big Tuna and the Fishermen; among others.This year’s Honorary Chair is Maureen McGuire from WROC-TV Channel 8.
The proceeds from the event help grant the last wishes of Camp Good Days’ children, offering them a chance to enjoy a trip to Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and other destinations in Orlando.
This year’s event is dedicated to the memory of Sammy Parker, a young camper who lost his battle on November 27, 2013, after fighting the disease for six years. Parker is no stranger to Fisher, as he served as an honorary coach in the 2010 Courage Bowl.
His parents, Heather and Dan, remember their son as a happy kid, one who they say spent much of his time smiling, dancing, laughing, and being a kid. They credit Camp Good Days for giving him some of the “most amazing and meaningful adventures he ever had,” including the trip to Florida that Sam himself summed up with four simple words, “What an amazing trip.”
“Despite ever-present emotional and physical pain that would render most of us bedridden, Sam lived a life filled with joy, adventure, and bravery. He comforted us more than we did him. He taught us more about courage than we did him. And he taught us the power of a huge smile, a graceful heart, and a fighting spirit that simply didn’t know how to quit,” his mother said.
Sam Parker at the 2010 Courage Bowl.
Sam will be remembered with a balloon launch after a brief dedication ceremony near the end of the dance, and his parents will be there to offer remarks and lead the launch.
Camp Good Days will also be raffling off a brand new car at this year’s dance. The raffle began on October 1, and tickets are $20.00 each, or 3 tickets for $50.00. They can be purchased by contacting Camp Good Days directly at (585) 624-5555 or (800) 785-2135 or online. Vanderstyne Toyota, with support from Toyota Motor Company, donated a 2014 LE Plus Corolla, and one hundred percent of all ticket sales will benefit the children and families of Camp Good Days.
Alumni Hour will take place from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, and all alumni are encouraged to stop by to dance or just support the event. A kids carnival will start at 3:00 p.m., when the Camp Good Days campers arrive, and will run until 6:00 p.m.
For more information about this year’s event, visit http://teddi.sjfc.edu/ or follow @TeddiDance4Love on Twitter. The committee will also be using #teddi32 on Twitter and Instagram throughout the event.
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