Drew Hildebrand Teen Benefit Fund

Drew Hildebrand Teen Benefit Fund

May 29, 2009 15:06 ET

The First Annual Drew Hildebrand 5K Walk the Walk Will Raise Money for Scholarships for Turnaround Teens

OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 29, 2009) - The first annual Drew Hildebrand 5K Walk the Walk will take place on Sunday, June 7th, 2009 in Coronation Park Oakville.

"We are very pleased that our first tribute to Drew is ready to go and that we will start raising money to help turnaround teens," said Jay Hildebrand, Drew's father. The Drew Hildebrand Teen Benefit Fund was established in memory of Drew, who died at the age of 16 on April, 08 2008. "We were so proud that Drew himself took such strong turnaround initiative and received that recognition from his high school, Thomas A Blakelock, but unfortunately tragedy struck before he could realize his full potential," said Hildebrand.

The Drew Hildebrand Teen Benefit Fund was established in early 2009 and will have two major fundraising activities in 2009 - the 5K Walk the Walk in Oakville and a golf tournament at Royal Woodbine in Toronto on August 24. 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. While the first scholarship will be awarded at Thomas A Blakelock High School, the Fund's goal is to expand to more Halton, Peel and GTA high schools.

"We all know it's easy to talk the talk, but it can be an extraordinary challenge for teens to take the courageous and consistent actions to actually walk the walk, and turn their backs on risky behaviours," said Crystal Simmons, Drew's mother. The Drew Hildebrand Teen Benefit Fund was established to recognize and reward these turnaround teens. The Fund, through its many initiatives, will also focus on raising awareness of teen violence.

"We're so happy that our first fundraising event is in Oakville, a community that has been so supportive to our family," said Simmons. "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."

"Our goal is to encourage at-risk teens to walk the walk, and take the initiative to find the path to a better life," said Hildebrand.

Final registration for the walk starts at 8:30 on June 7th in Coronation Park with the walk beginning at 10:00. The walk is followed by a barbecue lunch and a noon to 4:00 music festival that will feature 6 live performances at the bandshell. Participants can also visit a community outreach area that will include supporting charitable organizations like the Trillium Gift of Life Network, ChildFind Canada, and Unity Charity, a youth led anti-violence movement.

About the Drew Hildebrand Teen Benefit Fund

The mission of the Drew Hildebrand Teen Benefit Fund is to support teens who are navigating the many pressures and dangers of violence, drugs, alcohol, among others. Through scholarship and support programs, and by raising awareness and concern among teens and within our communities, more teens will have a safer and better journey to adulthood. For more information www.drewhildebrandtbf.com.

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