March 24th, 2015
The AKDF board selected Heidi duPont as the recipient of the 2014 AKDF Award. We have been very fortunate to have a legion of volunteers help us with Dogg Day and other foundation functions over the years. The prize was created in the early years of AKDF to honor one of those volunteers at Dogg Day each year and make a $1,000 donation to a charitable cause of the winner’s choosing.
Heidi has been a great friend of the Dwyers for many years. She has served on the AKDF Committee and has been the perfect volunteer. She’s been a big supporter of Dogg Day, taking pictures at the event, sourcing auction items and encouraging friends to participate and donate. The past two Dogg Days, however, she has also spent countless hours putting her extensive graphic design skills to work in helping us complete the much needed task of recreating our electronic and paper invitations. In addition, she designed a special program to commemorate last year’s 10th Dogg Day.
2013 and 2014 have been the most successful Dogg Days since the first ones thanks in no small part to Heidi’s efforts. Congratulations Heidi!
March 24th, 2015
The 12th annual Dogg Day will be on Friday, September 25, 2015. Mark your calendars!
June 3rd, 2014
May 31st, 2014
The 11th annual Dogg Day will be on Friday, September 19, 2014. Ben Cameron will be performing.
May 31st, 2014
The AKDF Board decided to present a special award to an individual who has exemplified the spirit of the AKDF over the course of the last ten years.
In 2004 Chris organized and named the alumni lacrosse game in memory of Andrew. The AKDF started a lacrosse program at the East Harlem school for 7th and 8th graders and each spring since 2009, Chris Burchfield and the Hotchkiss Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team have organized a special day at Hotchkiss with a clinic, delicious lunch and exciting lacrosse game.
The AKDF is honored to recognize Chris for his enthusiasm and commitment to Andrew’s family and friends over the last ten years and we know will continue for years to come.
May 31st, 2014
We are proud to share Nate Thorne’s remarks in awarding Paul Ardire the AKD Award at Dogg Day ’13:
“Who here knew Andrew Knox Dwyer? Well for all who have their hands raised, answer this: how much would he have loved this day and this party? I think the answer is more than anyone! And I think all of you being here, having fun, really does embody what he was all about.
As we the AKD Foundation attempt to carry Andrew’s legacy of enthusiasm and participation; and play it forward in the form of supporting charities that support children, giving them opportunities to participate in and enjoy events they otherwise may not have had the opportunity to, we give an award annually to a member of our extended “family” who we think has done a lot to distinguished themselves in this collective effort and best represents that spirit. This year, we want to honor Paul Ardire who was a great friend of Andrew, Elly and mine at Yale and has been a loyal supporter of the AKDF. He also co-founded and runs the Bulldog Cares Foundation. At this point, I would like to highlight that there were three other young men in the accident 10 years ago who lost their lives. I think it is important that we acknowledge and remember them tonight. Bulldog Cares is our partner in commemorating not just Andrew, but Sean, Kyle and Nick as well, and is the best and only group working in the memory of all four of them. It is for his support of us and his efforts with the BDC that we give this year’s Andrew K. Dwyer Award to Paul Ardire.”
May 21st, 2013
December 17th, 2012
Congratulations to Beth Schmidt, who was named the winner of the third annual Andrew K. Dwyer Award at Dogg Day ’12. Beth was a schoolmate and dear friend of Andrew’s at Hotchkiss. In 2004 Beth ran in the NYC Marathon and raised over $20,000.00 for Andrew’s Foundation. Beth was honored for her involvement with AKDF and her work in founding Wishbone, a non-profit organization that was launched last year, designed to send low-income high school students to after school and summer enrichment programs. Beth was motivated to start Wishbone while teaching in South Central, Los Angeles. She ran in the LA Marathon to raise money to allow some of her students to attend summer programs in the fine arts, music, liberal arts, sciences, environment and athletics that without her help would not have been possible. Andrew’s Foundation helped Beth with some of the logics and continues to support Wishbone.
In December, Beth was recognized on the prestigious Forbes List for “30 under 30 in Education” for her work with Wishbone. We are ecstatic to congratulate Beth on these much deserved accomplishments.