Very Beary Brunch kicks off a week of Teddi

By Olivia Wild, Staff Writer

To commemorate the 36th annual Teddi Dance For Love, members of the Fisher and Rochester community gathered as Allen Williams, director of special projects and educational initiatives from the City of Rochester, dedicated Feb. 11-18 Teddi Dance For Love Week in Monroe County and the City of Rochester.

The Very Beary Brunch was hosted in the Golisano Gateway, where News 8 Anchor and Teddi Honorary Chair Mark Gruba, President Gerard Rooney, Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and several others were welcomed.

The president of Camp Good Days, James McCauley was also in attendance and spoke highly about how long Fisher was able to continue the tradition of Teddi Dance For Love.

“The longevity is unheard of, the fact that they have been doing this for 36 years is just incredible and anything that we can do as an organization to support this tremendous effort is something we are going to do, we are glad to be here,” said McCauley.

After years of hosting this event, McCauley recognized the importance of continuously highlighting an event that benefits children in New York state.

“We want to generate excitement and enthusiasm,” said McCauley. “We want everybody getting involved. We want this to be the best Teddi Dance ever.”

With five days until Teddi, the brunch serves as a reminder to put on your dancing shoes and get ready for Feb. 16 and a 24 hour dance marathon.

“It makes a big difference in a lot of people’s lives and even though it’s something small that we are doing, it actually is a really big thing and it’s a big deal for a lot of people and for us to be able to make that difference I think it’s something really important,” said Jessica Bono, a member of the Teddi committee.

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