The Keri Anne DeMott Foundation
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On October 10th, 2015 Keri Anne DeMott was killed by a multiple DUI offender while driving home. She was only 20 years old, and was dedicated to serving her community and sharing positivity and kindness wherever she went. She was studying Sociology at the University of Central Florida in the hopes of becoming a social worker and helping children and families in need.
The Keri Anne DeMott Foundation was started by the DeMott family in 2016 to honor Keri's memory and to share her story with the primary goal of one day ending drunk, impaired, and distracted driving. As the foundation has grown the DeMott's have realized that every decision we make in life matters, not just the ones we make while behind the wheel. Whether it's at school, work, home, church, or anywhere else in between, we all face decisions on a daily basis that will shape who we are and effect every single person we come into contact with.
Today Keri's life and legacy is shared with students, law enforcement, first responders, and people of all ages as a reminder of how powerful and important our decisions are. We all have the ability to be a positive influence in our communities, and together we can create a better world just like Keri had imagined doing herself.
As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the foundation and the DeMott family keep Keri's passion of helping others alive by giving back to local community groups and national organizations that inspire, motivate, and help others.
After much consideration, The Keri Anne DeMott Foundation has decided to postpone our Annual Dinner Banquet that was originally scheduled for January 30th, 2021. The DeMott family and the KAD Foundation board have made this decision out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of everyone involved, including our attendees and volunteers. While this was a difficult decision to make, we recognize that we need to be sensitive to the times that we are in and make sure that we are doing our part to not contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
Our Annual Dinner Banquet is traditionally held in January as a way to celebrate Keri Anne’s birthday, and normally this event is our biggest fundraiser that garners a lot of community involvement and partnership that we heavily value. It sets the tone for our year and we were really looking forward to seeing everyone in person after the challenging year that we have all had. But our number one goal has always been health and safety, and we feel that if we tried to currently hold this event in January, we would be contradicting our values and putting people at risk unnecessarily.
Much like we did with our annual 5K earlier in the year, we are doing our best to remain flexible in the wake of this virus and are hoping to be able to host this event in April or May of 2021. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will update you as soon as we have more detailed information via our website and social media channels.
If you have already purchased a ticket for the Annual Dinner Banquet, please check your email as we will be reaching out to you directly.
We are so sorry to disappoint anyone that was looking forward to attending and hope that we can count on your continued support as we continue to work through this together. We wish all of you a safe, healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year!
As a grassroots organization, we rely on financial support from donors and sponsors in order to carry out our mission. The foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, so all donations are tax-deductible and allow us to travel and deliver our message to raise awareness, inspire, educate, and motivate others.