June 3rd, 2014

AKDF Spring 2014 Newsletter

May 31st, 2014

Save the date: Dogg Day’14 will be on Friday, September 19, 2014

The 11th annual Dogg Day will be on Friday, September 19, 2014. Ben Cameron will be performing.

May 31st, 2014

Chris Burchfield, Hotchkiss English Teacher and Boys Varsity Lacrosse Coach Wins AKDF 10th Year Award

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

The Fourth Andrew K. Dwyer Award Goes to Paul Adire

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

AKDF Spring 2013 Newsletter

December 17th, 2012

The Third Andrew K. Dwyer Award Goes to Beth Schmidt

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.

December 17th, 2012

Save the Date for DoggDay: October 4th, 2013

The 10th Dogg Day will be on Friday, October 4th, 2013. Ben Cameron and Olde & IDE will be performing.

June 29th, 2012

AKDF 2012 First Tee Scholarships Announced

The AKDF 2012 First Tee scholarship recipients were announced at the First Tee Breakfast before the Travelers Golf Tournament in Cromwell, CT on June 23, 2012.

Jason Rivard
This has been Jason’s third season as a member of TFTCT’s summer camp staff in Cromwell. Jason plays on the CT PGA Junior Tour during the summer and will be attending Coastal Carolina this fall to pursue a career in the golf business through the PGA of America’s PGM Program.

James DeBowes
James is currently a member of TFTCT in New Haven. He plays on the team at Alling Memorial and also spends time volunteering with Special Olympics. James will attend Providence College in the Fall.

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