Events

Dream Big 5k

Dawn was always dreaming big and she found great joy as an animal trainer at SeaWorld. Therefore, The Dawn Brancheau Foundation is happy to partner with SeaWorld Orlando to host the Dream Big 5K. The event is held in April, near Dawn’s birthday.  We invite all to join us for the 5K and Family Fun Walk through SeaWorld, followed by community service projects at Sea Harbor Pavilion. Together we can make a difference and brighten our world.

In light of the CDC's recommendation, we sadly announce

The 10th Annual Dream Big 5K has been cancelled.

Dream Big Walk

Dawn was always dreaming big and she was proud to call Chicago & Northwest Indiana her home.  The Dawn Brancheau Foundation was happy to find a beautiful setting for the Dream Big Walk at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Crown Point, Indiana. The event is held in September and we invite all to join us for community service projects, a scenic 2-mile walk, an animal presentation, and family picnic. Together we can make a difference and brighten our world.

The 10th Annual Dream Big Walk will take place on Sunday, September 20, 2020. More details coming soon!

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.

DawnsDreamBigRunners@gmail.com

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.