Slow Down, Be Alert and Save a Life!

 

 

 

 

Slow Down, Be Alert and Save a Life!

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Mission Statement


To promote pedestrian, driver, traffic and childhood safety and all aspects of community safety as well as raise awareness of the consequences of distracted driving practices.



On March 17, 2011, 8-year-old Owen Cole Brezitski was killed by a 17-year-old distracted driver while walking in a crosswalk with his family in front of Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, PA.  He had just attended a band concert for his sisters and to celebrate the evening's event they were headed out to get Shamrock Shakes.

 

Owen's Foundation was born out of this tragedy.

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Thank you for your continued support!
 
 
We want to share with you our goals, our aspirations, our pains and our inspirations.  We want you to know why Owen was so dear and precious to us and the many others who knew him.  He touched so many lives in his short time here on earth and his Legacy, his Spirit and his Story continue to touch thousands more.  Our goal and our passion is to bring awareness to the dangers of distracted driving so that no one has to endure the pain and loss that we are experiencing. 
 
Slow Down, Be Alert and Save a Life!

 

           
 
 
New Scholarship Opportunity for Soon-to-be Drivers
 
 
Owen's Foundation (Fund of TFEC) is proud to offer the opportunity for students in Central PA area to apply for grants to cover the costs of the CAIU 30 hour online drivers education course as well as the 6 hour behind the wheel driver training program. Those interested must compose a 500-800 word essay entitled "What is Distracted Driving?" and outline several possible solutions to this epidemic problem that faces our nation's roadways.
 
 
 

These grants will be offered 3 times per year with the deadlines for consideration beginning Oct 1, Feb1 and June 1. The grantee will be notified within a week of the deadline.

 
 
 
 
 

6th Annual

Orange 4 Owen Memorial

Golf Tournament

June 23, 2017

Fairview Golf Course

Lebanon, PA

1:30 pm shotgun start

 

 

 

 

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5th Annual

Orange 4 Owen Memorial

Golf Tournament

June 24, 2016

Fairview Golf Course

Lebanon, PA

1:30 pm shotgun start

 

 

 

 

We were honored and humbled to stand among the 6 other awardees at the Red Cross of Central PA 2016 Spirit of the Hero event. Many thanks to Alison L. for the Community Impact Award nomination. Slow Down, Be Alert and Save a Life!

 

 

 

http://www.pennlive.com/…/2016/03/spirit_of_the_hero.html#0

 

We won!!
 
Thank you Faulkner Hyundai of Harrisburg for choosing Owen's Foundation.
 
 
This was recently anounced from The National Foundation for Teen Safe Driving:
 
 

"Car crashes continues to be the leading cause of teen deaths in the United States.  NFTSD believes that reducing these tragedies can be achieved through a combination of national and ...local actions.  ‘We invited retail auto dealers to take part in this campaign as we believe the retail auto industry is uniquely positioned to help make an impact that can ultimately save lives,” stated Roy Bavaro, the Foundation’s executive director. “The "Love Drives Me" campaign united dealers, local prevention organizations and community members in a movement aimed at bringing attention to this critical problem." 

The campaign generated over 4,500 Valentine greetings all with loving messages underscored by a promise of safe driving.

 

The top grant of $5,000 was awarded to Owen’s Foundation, both a charitable fund and project of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, whose mission is to promote pedestrian, driver, traffic and childhood safety and all aspects of community safety as well as raise awareness of the consequences of distracted driving practices. Owen’s Foundation was nominated by Faulkner Hyundai of Harrisburg, PA.

A $1,500 grant was awarded to Fayetteville Manlius High School’s Every 15 Minutes program, sponsored by Manlius Fire Department and nominated by Crest Cadillac/Acura, Syracuse, NY.  The Montclair High School SADD chapter, nominated by DCH Montclair Acura was awarded a $500 grant.  All other nominated organizations will receive a grant of $250.

Faulkner Hyundai of Harrisburg is overwhelmed by the support and love from our community for Owen’s Foundation,” stated Chad Berger, General Manager.  “The safety of our youth is paramount. We are proud to have been a part of this campaign and look forward to future opportunities to partner with National Foundation for Teen Safe Driving.”"

Photo of the Week

Orange 4 Owen in Japan