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Relay Iowa Presents $5,000 Donation to Drew's Crew

July 31, 2017

Two Iowa non-profit organizations have teamed up to make a big impact in Waukee.  Relay Iowa, as a result of their fundraising efforts from the 339 mile relay across Iowa, has donated $5,000 to Drew’s Crew for Kids, a Waukee based organization that supports local underprivileged youth in their ability to participate in enrichment activities.  Relay Iowa, the longest running relay in the world, completed its eighth annual run in June with 42 teams, 460 total runners, running 339 miles from Sioux City to Dubuque to raise money for Relay Iowa’s designated charities. 


The $5,000 donation to Drew’s Crew is the largest single donation received by Drew’s Crew since it was formed less than a year ago and will be used to assist local families with program and activity registration fees and equipment expenses in athletics, arts, academic and social activities for pre-school through high school students. 


Both organizations draw their inspiration from hardships in life and a passion for children.  The partnership exemplifies the mantra of Relay Iowa.  “Relay Iowa has become a metaphor for a life well lived.  It is not a race to the finish, but an extended relay of individuals journeying closely together, sustaining each other as they stretch the limits of their physical endurance, test their mental toughness and draw upon their emotional well in a place beyond their comfort zones, for the sole purpose of improving the life of another human being.”

Congratulations to the 2017 Iowa Character Award recipients:

July 21, 2017

We are honored to announce that Drew's Crew has been awarded Honorable Mention as a 2017 Business/Organization of Character as part of the 2017 Iowa Character Awards by The Robert D. and Billy Ray Center.

UI Grads Find Purpose in Loss of Their Child

April 07, 2017

From the Iowa City Press Citizen, Des Moines Register and Des Moines Register, Waukee edition:

“It didn’t make sense — as is common with stillbirth,” Lara tells me. “I’m a naturally logical person, and there was just no logic to what we were going through. But we immediately knew we had to find purpose from our loss.”

That purpose became the founding of new nonprofit group Drew’s Crew for Kids with a mission to help disadvantaged Waukee youths have access to enrichment activities other kids might take for granted.

Drew's Crew on CW Iowa Live

April 21, 2017

Drew's Crew co-founders, John & Lara Plaisance joined Jackie and Lou on CW Iowa Live.

March 23, 2017

When most families would be planning a big celebration with balloons and a smash cake to mark their child's first birthday, one family with Storm Lake roots is using what would have been their son's first birthday to launch a fundraising campaign for a nonprofit organization founded in his honor. . .

Birthday Bucks Campaign on Des Moines Channel 13 News

April 05, 2017

Drew's Crew Co-Founders sit down with Channel 13 News's Dan Winters to talk about Drew's Crew and the Birthday Bucks Campaign.

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