2009 Summary

Drew Hildebrand 5K “WALK THE WALK” & Benefit Concert – Sunday June 6, 2009

Over 300 participants walked in support in memory of Drew and raised over $25,000 in our 1st annual “WALK THE WALK”. Proceeds will go to scholarships for post-secondary education and training programs for turnaround teens and other support programs that help teens achieve their goals of change and success in our Halton and Peel Communities.

At registration, our participants were given a DHTBF “It Takes Courage To Change” wristband to wear in remembrance of Drew.

Walk The Walk started and ended at Coronation Park on Lakeshore Road in Oakville. SST (Sports Specific Training) representatives led a high-energy warm-up to get participants moving, before everyone headed out to trek the lakefront paths.

Opening ribbon cutting ceremonies were lead by Mayor Rob Burton who spoke of the Town of Oakville’s support. Participants walked quickly with the winds blowing off Lake Ontario and down the waterfront trail.

Preceding the 5K walk, participants enjoyed a barbecue lunch, healthy snacks and refreshments.

In our community outreach tent, The Gift of Life Network and Unity Charity attended in support DHTBF and also provided information to participants about their network.

There was one special tent that everyone visited, Drew’s Tribute Tent. Family and friends had prepared photo boards, and collected and displayed tribute items that belonged to Drew. Students had also worked on tribute pieces for Drew such art, paintings and poems. Many tears and hugs were shared.

Our benefit concert was led by MC Tabby Johnson. Performers included: Foxes In Fiction, The Harshmellows, The B.K. Smith Band, The Barettas, Dead Etiquette, Billy Culp Band and Unity Charity. It was a great afternoon at the bandshell.

Thank you to our participating high schools who allowed student volunteers to post posters, make announcements and assist with advance registration.

In Halton:TA Blakelock, Robert Bateman, White Oaks & MM Robinson

In Peel: John Fraser, Meadowvale, St. Aloysius Gonzaga & Cawthra Park

DHTBF is very grateful to all our Walk the Walk route, scholarship sponsors and donors that supported Drew’s fund not only monetarily, but with prizes for top fundraisers. Thank you to our “donations in kind” sponsors for: awards and trophies, raffle prizes, food service, water, medical service, music stage equipment, t-shirts, set-up, transportation, media and DHTBF website.

Special thanks to “Drew’s Crew”, our volunteers for the day. A sea of red t-shirts could be seen. A large event such as this would not be possible without the dedicated support and time of our Walk committee members and many student volunteers.

We’re very happy that our first fundraising event was in Oakville, a community that has been so supportive to our families. We want to celebrate and support turnaround teens in our communities. The steps we take together can help encourage some at-risk teens to step toward a safer and better journey to adulthood.

In Drew’s memory, we can all make a difference!

It Takes Courage To Change.