Darrell Gwynn Foundation celebrates a decade

Published: August 22, 2012  |  Source: sun-sentinel.com
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The Darrell Gwynn Foundation (DGF) will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a fundraiser at Passion nightclub at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. The event is being presented by the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and proceeds will benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, which aims to provide support for people with paralysis and prevent spinal cord injuries.

“What started as a small dream 10 years ago with a conversation over lunch with my wife Lisa and father, Jerry, has really grown into something bigger than we could have ever imagined. I never thought we’d be donating 30 power wheelchairs a year, teaching 10,000 students annually and participating in various events around the country helping so many people in need. This is a celebration of where we started and how far we’ve come,” said President of the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, Darrell Gwynn.

The event will feature dinner and drinks and will be hosted by RockWithUEntertainment and include a live dance painting performance by Salvador LIVE. The event will also feature a history display with photos, videos and memorabilia celebrating 10 years of DGF and several past wheelchair recipients and supporters will be honored at the event.

Guests will experience a wheelchair donation when a 25,000 wheelchair is provided to an individual.

Founded in 2002 by National Hot Road Association racer Darrell Gwynn and his wife, Lisa, the DGF mission is to provide support for people living with paralysis and prevent spinal cord injuries. The foundation’s primary program is its national Wheelchair Donation Progra, which provides custom built wheelchairs to individuals in need. The foundation also maintains a Patient Assistance Fund offering support services and tools at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado, with aspirations to expand this model to several hospitals nationwide. The Patient Assistance Fund also supports two speediatrics units – the Betty Jane France Pediatric Center, at Halifax Hospital in Daytona, and Homestead Hospital. Additionally, the fund provides financial support through its Fast Track Laboratory with the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis aimed at finding a cure for paralysis.

The foundation operates an Education & Prevention Program directed to high school students to educate them on the dangers of risky behavior that can lead to spinal cord injuries. In an effort to create more awareness about spinal cord injuries, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation successfully lobbied for and established a National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month and Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week in Florida.

Tickets to the event are $175. For more information, visit http://www.DarrellGwynn Foundation.org.

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