Our mission at Drennen's Dreams Foundation is to honor Drennen's legacy by emphasizing the importance of high safety standards for lifeguards, pool management and aquatics facilities.
The Drennen's Dreams Fund was started in 2012 as a Denver Foundation fund (# 74371) under Bill and Melissa O'Melia. While housed at the Denver Foundation, Drennen's Dreams Fund made donations to the bereavement program at Colorado Children's Hospital, Littleton Public Schools, The Drennen O'Melia Youth Center as well as to local and national organizations focused on water safety.
In February of 2015, the Drennen's Dreams Foundation was incorporated as an independent 501(c)3.
In December of 2015, Drennen's Dreams became a member of Families United To Prevent Drowning, a national organization made up of families and friends who have lost loved ones to drowning. The purpose of this organization is to create a voice at the national level to raise awareness of the drowning epidemic on a national stage.
Our drive and compassion for the cause of pool safety and awareness honors the memory of 12 ½-year-old Drennen O'Melia, whose 2010 drowning in a guarded pool illuminated the critical need for community education around pool and water safety.
It's been a personal pleasure to watch the Drennen's Dreams Foundation grow to the community pillar and it is now. The annual 5K is the highlight of the summer for our neighborhood and it is remarkably well-organized and supported by sponsors. The organization is exemplary in its use of media and staying focused on its mission; no surprise given the leadership and character represented on its Board. DDF quietly represents fearless determination, intensive pursuit of goals and perseverance based on overt, unqualified faith in the human spirit. The organization uplifts the spirits of and motivates everyone it touches. Including Drennen's Dreams in Colorado Gives Day as an emerging Colorado nonprofit will foster a win/win for all.
Marketing professional, past candidate for Centennial City Council