Celebrity Makes Suffield Student’s Dream Come True
Katie Dorman, a sophomore at Suffield High School, was honored with the chance to see Lady Gaga on June 29th at the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, CT. This opportunity became possible because of the students who surround Katie on an everyday basis. They began a viral campaign using #SendKatieToGaga. Within days, the news made it all the way to the celebrity herself.
“Thanku #KatyGaga, ur video performing my songs really made me smile today. So many people all over the world are talking about your bravery!”
“Wow this is so cool! KatyGaga you’re the best! A-p-p-l-a-u-s-e!” Lady Gaga tweeted.
Support came from all over the state, thanks to Diara Vicedomini, a junior at Suffield High School. Diara is the Chapter President of Best Buddies who reached out to her Program Manager to help spread the word. Members of other school friendship chapters of Best Buddies CT quickly responded by sharing the news on all their social media outlets for everyone to see.
Taylor Schwab, who is Katie’s peer buddy in the chapter, said:
Katie is such an amazing and beautiful girl. She is always upbeat and smiling when I see her in the hallways. Katie and I have participated in the Best Buddies Friendship Walk at Quinnipiac University, gone bowling together, participated unified theater and, of course, attended the Best Buddies meetings in school. She absolutely LOVES Lady Gaga, no matter the song. At unified we played a Lady Gaga song at every rehearsal and everyone will dance, sing and cheer with Katie on set; some of the most incredible moments I have seen as a student at SHS. Katie always has and will put a smile on my face. As a senior, it is hard to say goodbye to such a wonderful and humble young lady. I wish the world for Katie and she will always have a special place in my heart.
The mission of Best Buddies, which was founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver, is to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). By building and supporting friendships such the one between Katie and Taylor, one buddy pair at a time, Best Buddies has grown into an international movement for empowering people with IDD and promoting social inclusion, with chapters in over fifty countries worldwide.
Best Buddies Connecticut currently has chapters in seven middle schools, thirty high schools, and eleven colleges across the state, involving over three thousand students. Another forty-two schools are on our waiting list to open chapters. Best Buddies envisions a world where people with IDD are so successfully integrated into our schools, workplaces and general communities that our current efforts and services will be unnecessary. Until our vision become a reality, we sincerely appreciate and thank all of our donors who support our mission for inclusion of people with IDD.
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