Dream Big Virtual Walk

Dawn was always dreaming big and she was proud to call Chicago & Northwest Indiana her home.  For the past 9 years, The Dawn Brancheau Foundation has been happy to host the Dream Big Walk at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Crown Point, Indiana. In the interest of the health and safety of our participants and volunteers, we have decided to make the 10th Annual Dream Big Walk a virtual event. We will miss being together and hope you find a way to honor and remember Dawn on that day. Together we can make a difference and brighten our world.

The 10th Annual Dream Big Virtual Walk will take place on Sunday, September 20, 2020.

Dream Big Virtual 5k

Dawn was always dreaming big and she found great joy as an animal trainer at SeaWorld. In April 2011, The Dawn Brancheau Foundation was happy to partner with SeaWorld Orlando to host the 1st Annual Dream Big 5K. For nine years, participants enjoyed a 5K and Family Fun Walk through SeaWorld followed by community service projects. Due to the 2020 pandemic, the 10th Dream Big 5K became a virtual event. We appreciate all who supported the event and found other ways to remember Dawn. Together we continue to make a difference and brighten our world.

Dream Big Runners

Dawn participated in her first marathon at age 25, the Walt Disney World Marathon, with the intention to run a marathon every 5 years.  Dawn finished the San Diego Marathon at age 30 and the Charlottesville Marathon at age 35.  In 2009, Dawn ran the Bank of America Chicago Marathon at age 40.

Every 5 years, in honor of Dawn, The Dawn Brancheau Foundation will petition to become a part of charity programs for various marathons.

Congratulations to Dawn's Dream Big Runners who participated in the Chicago Marathon 2014, Space Coast Marathon 2019, and Disney World Marathon 2020 in memory of Dawn and fundraised for Dawn's Foundation.

Please contact us if interested in becoming one of Dawn’s Dream Big Runners in 2024.

Dream Big Scholarship Awards

Dawn graduated from Andrean High School in 1987 and was honored with the American Legion Outstanding Student Award and the Sister Emma Award for service to Andrean High School. Dawn cherished her time at Andrean and was active in sports, student government and community service.

Each year, The Dawn Brancheau Foundation will award a $3000 Dream Big Scholarship to a current Andrean junior and a $3000 Dream Big Scholarship to a graduating Andrean senior.  The Board of Directors will choose candidates who exemplify Dawn by performing well academically, working to follow their dreams, and demonstrating a commitment to community service.