Very Beary Brunch Celebrates Start of Teddi 35

February 16, 2017

The Teddi Committee hosted the annual Very Beary Brunch on Friday, Feb. 10, officially kicking off the countdown to the 35th Annual Teddi Dance for Love. Faculty, staff, students, sponsors, elected officials, and representatives from Camp Good Days and Special Times were in attendance to celebrate the work of the committee and gear up for the main event.

James McCauley, Jamie Wagner and her sons, Emily Jeffries, Hilary Wilcox, Susan Rooney, and President Gerry Rooney

During the brunch, President Gerard Rooney and James McCauley, of Camp Good Days and Special Times, offered remarks. Also in attendance were representatives from the City of Rochester and Monroe County, who jointly presented the Committee with a proclamation declaring February 12-19 “Teddi Dance for Love Week.”

Hilary Wilcox and Emily Jeffries, chair and vice chair of the 2017 event, presented this year’s Dr. Lou Buttino Faculty/Staff Involvement Award to Dr. Michael Fedoryshyn, associate professor of accounting in the College’s School of Business.

“Dr. Fedoryshyn has always had a love of Teddi; he always sponsors any student who pledges to dance, and has even attended the dance himself for many years,” said Wilcox.

During the brunch, the Teddi Committee also formally announced that this year’s dance would be dedicated to Courtney Wagner, the Canandaigua teen who passed away in October 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer. Her spirit inspired the Rochester community, and a viral social media campaign helped secure her appearance on “The Ellen Show.”

Wagner’s mother, Jamie, offered her gratitude to Camp Good Days for the support her family received throughout Courtney’s battle with cancer. Among one of Courtney’s first interactions with the Camp was the Teddi Project, a weeklong trip to Florida that is funded by the dance-a-thon.

“That was just the beginning of the joy that Camp Good Days brought my family,” she said, noting that Courtney’s four siblings were able to enjoy trips and visits to Camp, as well. “Thank you for understanding that Camp Good Days is a vital support for children who are fighting for their lives. And, thank you for helping mothers like me know that our children had so many opportunities to smile.”

Nearly 500 dancers—including students, alumni, faculty, and staff—will participate in the fundraiser, scheduled from 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17 through 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18. The event features live performances from Fisher’s faculty band, Big Tuna and the Fishermen, and several collegiate a cappella groups. During the dance, students donating hair to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths campaign will participate in a before and after reveal.  On Saturday afternoon, families from Camp Good Days will visit the fundraiser to help cheer on the dancers and enjoy a  carnival.

To register for the dance, visit Teddi’s website (teddi.sjfc.edu/). A $50 donation is requested for dancers interested in participating for the full 24 hours; the suggested donation for the mini eight-hour marathon, held from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, is $35.

Follow @TeddiDance4Love on Twitter for updates about the event. To donate to the dance, visit the Committee’s First Giving page.

In the photo: James McCauley, Jamie Wagner and her two sons, Emily Jeffries, Hilary Wilcox, Susan Rooney, and President Rooney.