CLEVELAND-- The city of Cleveland was rocking Sunday, with more than a thousand people taking over the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Plaza for the 5th annual Fox 8 Fox Trot.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better day, the weather is just right and we just want to thank everyone for coming out and all their support,” Tracy McCool said. McCool joined Lou Maglio as hosts of the event.
“The Fox 8 Fox Trot is about giving back,” Maglio said. “Giving back to society makes it a great event.”
Giving back is exactly what the day was all about thanks to the Annie L. Dawson foundation, a foundation started by Fox 8’s own Wayne Dawson and his brother, Judge William Dawson.
“The foundation is something my mother inspired,” Wayne said. “She was always about education and worked hard so we could be a success so we want to pass that message on to others as well.”
Everyone who took part in the 1-mile walk or 5K run donated to a foundation that was established in 2007 and has only grown from there.
“All of the money we receive from donations and events we give back in scholarships, coats for the kids, feeding the homeless,” Judge Dawson said.
The Fox Trot was presented by your Northern Ohio Honda dealers who had all 20 dealerships participating.
“Annie L Dawson gave her sons great rules to live by,” Mark Lyons from Northern Ohio Honda said. “The Dawsons not only carry on those rules, they’re passing them on.”
While some were rocking from the stage, like Todd Meany’s band Ace Molar, others were celebrating at the finish line, and one special woman was smiling from above, Annie L. Dawson.
“She would be in tears right now, she is such a humble amazing woman, she is probably just rejoicing from Heaven” Judge Dawson said. “With a big smile on her face,” Wayne added.
About this year's beneficiary
Brothers Wayne and William Dawson were inspired by the personality, passion and persistence of their mother Annie L. Dawson. This inspiration led them both to careers that allow them to exhibit the influence of this powerful woman daily.
The Dawson Foundation is founded on the principals that she lived by and taught to those she loved. First and foremost Mrs. Dawson was a stickler for education. She recognized the importance of having an education and that it should be taken seriously. With that she also stressed setting goals and working towards those goals in order to be successful.
The Foundation was officially established in 2007 and was created to collaboratively make a difference in the lives of youth by improving their social skills and establishing real educational goals. The Dawson brothers have illustrated their deep-rooted tradition of community service, which has broadened with their professional accomplishments.