Third annual walk honors SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau
BY CHRISTIN NANCE LAZERUS firstname.lastname@example.org September 9, 2013 2:14PM
A walk on Sunday will honor the memory of Dawn Brancheau, who died while working at SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla. in 2010. | Provided
Updated: September 10, 2013 11:48AM
CROWN POINT — The Dawn Brancheau Foundation is holding its third annual Dream Big Walk next Sunday in Crown Point.
The walk, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 15, honors the memory of Cedar Lake native Dawn Brancheau, who lost her life while working with an orca at SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla., on Feb. 24, 2010. It raises money for several charities that help children and animals, and after the walk, participants engage in several community service projects.
Brancheau’s sister Diane Gross said SeaWorld animal ambassador Julie Scardina will make a presentation with penguins and other animals.
“We’re very excited to add that,” Gross said.
Registration for the walk starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Lake County Fairgrounds, with a warmup and welcoming remarks set for 9:45 a.m., and the walk will start around 10 a.m. Gross said people can complete the walk at their own pace and it usually takes about 45 minutes. At 11 a.m., Scardina will bring out the animals.
The walk costs $25 for adults and $10 for kids 14 and under. All proceeds will go toward various charities and the Dawn Brancheau Dream Big Scholarship, which is awarded annually to students at Andrean High School, which Brancheau attended.
The walk route will pass by a gazebo, which has been refurbished by the foundation.
“We painted it in our foundation colors the first year, then we did some landscaping,” Gross said. “We contacted M&M Roofing and they agreed to donate a new roof. We ordered a plaque to be installed near the gazebo and it’s set to be installed on Tuesday.”
Participants can stay on site to help prepare dog treat bags for South Suburban Humane Society, fold blankets to send to Africa through Matanya’s Hope and other projects.
For more information, check out dawnsfoundation.org.