Fishers woman chosen as champion to raise money for Best Buddies

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By Jessica Hoover

Stacey McCreery, founder and president of ROI Search Group, has been chosen to be a champion to fundraise and raise awareness for the Indiana branch of Best Buddies International, a nonprofit that gives people with intellectual and developmental disabilities opportunities for one-to-one friendships, employment and leadership development.

Katie Cortelyou, left, and Stacey McCreery. McCreery is raising money for the Indiana branch of Best Buddies International. Cortelyou is her campaign manager. (Photo by Kayla Bacon of K.Lynn Photography)

McCreery will compete against other champions to raise the most money for a chance to win the title of Champion of the Year at the Best Buddies Indiana Champion Gala Nov. 10 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom.

“I am so excited as we support this organization as they work to empower the special abilities of this amazing group of people,” McCreery said. “The health of inclusion is real, and supporting organizations who improve inclusion is really important to me. I am really excited to raise awareness for the state of Indiana, particularly Hamilton County, and help them continually expand the program in schools as well as expanding opportunities and awareness in organizations to promote the health of individuals with intellectual developmental disabilities.”

This is not the first time McCreery has raised money and volunteered for organizations that support children and adults with disabilities. In 2007, she worked for Indiana’s disabilities division at the Family Social Services Administration. She also serves on the board for Anna’s Celebration of Life Foundation and Easterseals Crossroads.

“We should help promote inclusion and diversity and education about individuals with developmental disabilities,” McCreery said. “I’m really blessed to be able to do that.”

To make a donation to McCreery’s page, visit bestbuddieschampion.org/indiana/supporting/#roisearchgroup.

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