Ashburn, VA (March 6, 2017) – On February 24th, Stone Bridge High School students presented a check for $10,000 from the 2017 Giddy Up & Golf event to Dr. Michael Guerrera at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
The mission of the Giddy Up events is to raise money and awareness for research concerning brain tumors, stroke brain injury (traumatic brain injury and concussion) and brain health research (Meningitis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s). Stone Bridge’s 2017 Giddy Up Team donated the proceeds from a series of events to help fund research in pediatric brain injury, tumor and stroke.
The doctors and care team at Children’s National were thrilled with the donation and invited the Giddy Up team to take part in their in-house show, “Champions for Kids.” This show gives special recognition to young people who find ways to help families at Children’s.
In October 2016, Stone Bridge DECA students Aidan McFarlane, Alaina Bowen and Aaron Pappy joined forces with the Giddy Up founders to organize the 2017 Giddy Up & Golf event.
The Giddy Up and Go 5K/15K Race was started in 2014 at Locust Hill Farm in Middleburg with a goal of raising funds for brain health research. The race offered school teams the opportunity to gather their friends and teammates and join forces on a scenic run. After two successful years of running, race organizers launched their first Giddy Up & Golf event in 2016.
The Giddy Up & Golf for Healthy Heads event was held on January 22nd at Top Golf in Ashburn and was the showcase event for the Bulldogs Building Healthy Heads DECA team. (DECA is an association of marketing students.) The Stone Bridge DECA students brought new ideas and great energy to the Giddy Up team and helped raise $10,000.
McFarlane, Bowen and Pappy, all Stone Bridge seniors and members of DECA, promoted the event at two high school basketball games. They organized “Hoops for Healthy Heads” at basketball games with rivals Broad Run and Briar Woods. Turnout for the half-court competition was amazing; raising almost $200 at $1 a shot. In addition, winners were entered into a raffle to win a free entry to the event at Top Golf.
The main event, Giddy Up & Golf for Healthy Heads, was held Sunday, January 22nd, at Top Golf in Ashburn. Approximately 90 friends and family gathered to golf, enjoy breakfast, raise money and have a good time in the name of “healthy heads.”