Thursday, February 27, 2014

32nd Annual Teddi Dance For Love

Wow! What else can I say?
Sixty-three thousand, six hundred and fourteen dollars. What the Teddi Dance For Love committee does every year in honoring Teddi’s legacy is truly remarkable. Thank you to Jenny, Olivia, and the rest of the committee for everything this year.
This year, the Dance For Love was something that I really needed. I had just found out prior to the Dance For Love that my close friend, Chris McVicker, who was a longtime friend to both myself and Camp Good Days, had passed away. The Teddi Dance is somewhere that I can always count on to put a smile on my face, even in the toughest of times. The impact of the Dance For Love is something that is impossible for me to convey how much it means.
What a touching tribute to Sam Parker, who was a former Courage Bowl Honorary Coach. I'm sure Sam was smiling down on you all as you danced through the night.
Dr. Lou Buttino, who started the Teddi Dance For Love, said that “immortality is being loved by anonymous people.” Thanks to the Dance For Love, students who have been born well after Teddi passed away, have been able to keep her memory and spirit alive. To me, as a dad, what greater gift could you ever give?
When I see the Mastercard commercials saying, “Priceless,” when the committee chants “Teddi, Teddi, Teddi,” for me, it is priceless.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Chris McVicker - You Will Be Missed

Camp Good Days and Special Times mourns the loss of Chris McVicker, longtime member of our Board of Directors. More importantly, the families & children of Camp Good Days and I lost a very special angel this weekend.
How do you describe a genuinely good person? Chris was the Chairman/CEO of the Flanders Group, a business that he built over the past 30 years. He was someone you could always depend on. His actions spoke much louder than his words.

There has never been a time where I went to Chris for help and had to ask twice. He was always there for us. Chris was a gentleman in every sense of the word. He was a good husband to his wife Bernadette, and a tremendous father to three young ladies that he was so proud of. He was a good boss to his employees, and someone who was a true asset to our entire community.
Chris will be missed by all those whose life’s he touched in big and small ways. He made the world a better place for everyone who had the opportunity to get to know him.

Rest In Peace, Chris, you will truly be missed.
Chris and his wife Bernadette were Honorary Chairs of the 30th Anniversary concert featuring Ronnie Millsap.