The 3rd Annual NPC XCalibur (with an "X") Bodybuilding & Figure Championships was held on Saturday, July 21st. Pat Grieco once again pulled together a fantastic show with the help of his fiancé, Kristen Sidote. Together they ran a smooth event for the competitors, who traveled from as far as Maryland to attend.
A Special Treat:
As always, chocolate chip cookies and pizza were given to all the hungry athletes backstage, and they also received goodie bags from Title Sponsor, Gaspari Nutrition. The hallway was packed with a wide selection of vendors with great giveaways, and samples of their products.
The awards were also top notch. Every competitor received an official Xcalibur medallion, the first place winners of each bodybuilding class were awarded an original gladiator helmet trophy, the overall bodybuilders took home Xcalibur swords and the overall figure winner received an engraved crystal award.
For A Good Cause:
What made the show so special this year was the cause behind it. Pat & Kristen were raising money for a young girl named Stephanie Ball who works for show sponsor, Dr. Douglas Spiel. She is 21 years old, recently diagnosed with bone cancer and they felt it necessary to do what they could to help.
With the contributions collected from sponsors, athletes, audience members, as well as proceeds from the show, Pat & Kristen donated $2000 to Stephanie.
Special Guest Poser:
Carlo Filippone, NPC National competitor was the guest poser of the evening. He is currently preparing for the NPC Nationals in Dallas and is already in phenomenal shape. Not only is he a great athlete, he showed a lot of class as he donated all the sales of his products, as well as his guest posing fee, to the Stephanie Ball Cancer Fund.
Capture The Moment:
Backstage, Joe Bilella from www.njbodybuilding.com had a section that competitors could be photographed right after they got off stage. It was great to see how happy the competitors were that they had the moment captured with a photo. Joe has been an integral piece in improving the NPC in New Jersey with his user friendly, interactive website for the athletes.
A very special thanks to all the sponsors that made this show possible: Mindless Meals Café, Gaspari Nutrition, Bodybuilding.com, Sierra Suites Hotel, Natural Medicine and Rehabilitation, Bridgewater Sports Arena, NJbodybuilding.com, Douglas J. Spiel, M.D., Revolutionary Technology Nutrition, Reps Fitness Supply, Van Syckel Insurance, Absolute Painting, Toscana’s Italian Cuisine, Bass Enterprises, Pharmanex, S & D Sportswear, Vemma, Commerce Bank, Jem Jewelers, Fullerton Auto Group, Karen Jensen, CMT.