Now that the Boston Marathon is behind us, Back on My Feet Boston would like to take just one more moment to thank all of the incredible people who made this year’s marathon the best EVER for Back on My Feet: John Hancock, b.good, Ben & Jerry’s, the Burger Brigade, and each and every one of our fundraisers.
While raising funds for a deserving cause like Back on My Feet is ALWAYS awesome, it’s not always easy. And no matter what, it takes a lot of passion, energy, and creativity. That’s why we’re so very thankful for the amazing men and women who have spent so much of their time pounding pavement, sending emails, and shaking buckets for Back on My Feet.
This year’s FundRacing team brought in a total of $75,133 combined with our Burger Brigade who raised $17,887 for a grand total of … drum roll please … $93,020! AMAZING!
Much of the Burger Brigade’s contribution would not have been possible were it not for the awesome efforts of Dean Davis, the “King of Ketchup” of this year’s Burger Brigade. Dean took on the not-so-easy role of leading the 2012 Brigade with the goal of beating last year’s fundraising record. And they did! So you also can get to know how great Dean is, we had him answer some questions below.
1. Tell us about yourself. Where are you from? What do you do?
My Name is Dean Davis and I am a business student from Berklee College of Music. I am originally from Pittsburgh, Penn. and born and raised in Robinson TWP with a wonderful family of support. I have performed, toured, and recorded with award winning artists such as Eric Kloss, Yolanda Barber, Daphne’ Khoo, Shannon Selig, and many more. I currently perform with the band Canary and we have played festivals (SXSW) and venues (House of Blues). I also am a freelance project manager, having the responsibility of the planning, execution, and closing of any project. I also have composed and produced music for film, artists, and musicals that can be heard all over the east coast. I plan on graduating Berklee the Spring of 2013 with a Bachelor’s in Entrepreneurial Business.
2. How did you first get involved in the b.good Burger Brigade?
This is a great story actually … So last year I was sitting at a hibachi grill with my mom (Terri) and my sister (Madie). I was looking at my phone being anti social when I saw a post from b.good with a ton of burger and french fry costumes. I clicked it and it said who is crazy enough to run the Boston Marathon with us in these suits. Never being a runner, I looked at my mom and told her wouldn’t it be hilarious. Being the motivator she is, she said do it! So I emailed Jon, got a response and I had a fry suit! I found out later that it was the “Burger Brigade,” and I found out the reason behind it. That drew me in closer to the cause and I was hooked as a mini member.
3. Why did you decide to step up in to a leadership position for the 2012 Boston Marathon?
I love the pain and hard work that leadership brings. Call me sick but, I love solving difficult issues, staring failure in the face and kicking it’s butt when my vision crosses that finish line of success. I love the challenge to step up to a task after someone has led the trail of amazing leadership. Sam Novey was a fearless and unbelievable leader. He is the one to inspire me to take over. When Jon asked me last year if I wanted to get started on this thing for 2012 I instantly took the ropes and after meeting with Sam and Jon, I attained the leadership role for the “2012 Burger Brigade.”
4. What is it about Back on My Feet that drew you in? Why is this important to you?
Back in Pittsburgh I led a non profit organization that raised over $100,000 for the less fortunate around Christmas time called the Hidden Angels. Back on My Feet reminded me of that organization that I fought so hard to maintain and control. What I love about this organization is the fact that they know where the money is going, they see the results, and they make sure there are results. Back on My Feet does not just drop someone cash and says good luck, like some of the other organizations I have worked with. Now being an avid runner, the whole concept of using running as a form to get these members back on their feet is priceless! I love the underlying message about chasing your dreams and crossing that finish line of life.
5. What was your favorite part of this year’s Burger Brigade campaign?
This was my favorite part:
I finished the marathon … great. We raised a ton of money for BoMF … unbelievable. I can finally sleep at night … awesome. But when I sat down after all of this and looked at this photo, I teared up. The camaraderie this year was unbelievable. We have all become great friends and no one gave up in the end. The thing is, everyone was a leader this year, I was just the guy that told them where to be and kept the positive energy flowing. Just look at the photo, that is more than words can describe. I loved this team, and I will never forget the 2012 Brigade
6. What’s on the horizon for Dean Davis?
Oh boy, what’s on the horizon for Dean Davis eh? My goal in life is own and operate my own company. The business plan is already in the works and I cannot disclose that information … yet. As of right now I plan on really taking my project management skills to the next level by offering my services to consultants/businesses/start-up projects, really anything that needs a strong leader to get the organization off the ground. Short term however, I plan on staying in Boston this summer performing with Canary, working at b.good, and continuing my freelance project!
All I have to say is “Play with your heart and soul and live the music. Simply put… love what you play and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve your dreams …”
Photo credits: Scott Eisen.