Teddi Raises $130K for Camp Good Days

February 19, 2023

Over the weekend, hundreds of St. John Fisher University students danced their way to raise a record-breaking amount for Camp Good Days and Special Times. Funds raised at the dance—now over $2M in its four-decade history—support the Teddi Project, which sends a group of children on a week-long trip to amusement parks in Florida.

Students and campers at the 2023 Teddi Dance for Love.

At the closing ceremony, the Finance Committee revealed that Teddi 41 had raised $127,637.90, slightly more than last year’s total, but just shy of their 2023 goal—until a little Teddi magic transpired.

While singing the traditional closing song, “What I Did for Love,” from A Chorus Line, dancers had no idea they were about to get the surprise of the night. Advisor Chris Keyes came to the stage and announced a $2,362.10 donation from Camp Good Days Board Member Patricia Stevens, putting the total at an even $130,000, breaking the dance record and meeting the fundraising goal.

Over the year, dozens of students donated 2,200 inches of hair to Children With Hair Loss, a nonprofit organization that provides human hair replacements at no cost to children and young adults facing medically-related hair loss.

This year’s honorary chair, Sam Carter, weekday morning reporter for 13WHAM ABC and FOX Rochester, was proud to cheer on the students as they danced the night away.

“This is such an incredible event,” Carter said. “It’s such a unique thing to St. John Fisher, and if its unique to Fisher, its unique to Rochester, and I just love that.”