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Event Cancelled

Out of an abundance of caution, Brenau University is following CDC guidelines and postponing events with attendees from multiple states or states or locales that have declared a State of Emergency / Public Health Emergency due to coronavirus. This event is included in the list of postponed events. Read our press release to learn more and see a list of postponed events.

Event Details

  • Brenau University Amphitheatre
    102 Prior Street
    Gainesville, Georgia
  • Saturday, March 14, 2020
  • 8-8:45 a.m. registration
    9-11 a.m. Dempsey Dash 5k Run

Registration

5K Registration

  • Student rate: $10
  • Employee rate: $15
  • Pre-register: $25/$35 day of event

1K Registration

  • Pre-register: $15/$20 day of event
  • Children under 10: $10
Dempsey Dash 5k and 1k routes

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Thank you for your interest in sponsoring the Dempsey Dash at Brenau University. Please see the below sponsorship opportunities. We thank you in advance for your generous contribution, which is tax-deductible (Tax ID# 58-0566143).

PLATINUM SPONSOR – $1,000 (OR ITEMS OF EQUAL VALUE)

  • The feature logo displayed on T-shirts and this webpage
  • A special thank-you in race announcements
  • Company-supplied material to go in course packets that each runner will receive
  • Space available to set up and distribute corporate material
  • Ten (10) complimentary race entries

GOLD SPONSOR – $500 (OR ITEMS OF EQUAL VALUE)

  • Logo displayed on T-shirts and this webpage
  • A special thank-you in race announcements
  • Company-supplied material to go in course packets that each runner will receive
  • Seven (7) complimentary race entries

SILVER SPONSOR – $250 (OR ITEMS OF EQUAL VALUE)

  • Logo displayed on T-shirts and this webpage
  • A special thank-you in race announcements
  • Company-supplied material to go in course packets that each runner will receive
  • Four (4) complimentary race entries

BRONZE SPONSOR – $100 (OR ITEMS OF EQUAL VALUE)

  • Logo displayed on this webpage
  • A special thank-you in race announcements
  • Company-supplied material to go in course packets that each runner will receive
  • Two (2) complimentary race entries

TO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION OR FOR MORE INFO:

To purchase your sponsorship and set up your free entries visit our sponsorship signup page.

WAYNE W. DEMPSEY

Wayne Dempsey
The Dempsey Dash celebrates the memory of Brenau’s long-time executive vice president and CFO, Wayne Dempsey, who died May 2, 2014, at 65.

Proceeds benefit the Wayne W. Dempsey Endowed Scholarship Fund, established to provide assistance for students seeking a better life through a Brenau education in the College of Education or the College of Health Sciences.

Dempsey was born and raised in Rome, Georgia, where he met his wife Marsha, and came to Brenau in 2005 with the university’s new president, Ed Schrader. He worked with Schrader previously at Shorter University, where trustees and faculty thought so much of him that they gave him an honorary degree.

The Dempsey SteinwayAlthough he was a science teacher early in his career, Dempsey’s forte became institutional management, and Schrader credits Dempsey for putting Brenau’s financial house in order. As the duo joined Brenau shortly before the ensuing economic crisis now known as the Great Recession, Women’s College enrollment was dropping and Dempsey’s financial expertise was greatly needed.

His focus on decreased spending, cash flow and a developed endowment formula allowed the Women’s College enrollment to skyrocket despite the challenging financial times. The financial stability he afforded Brenau allowed the university to expand its Augusta and North Atlanta campuses and to open a new campus in Fairburn in 2009. As well as its footprint in Gainesville with Brenau East Campus at Featherbone Communiversity and the Brenau Downtown Center.

Wayne Dempsey gives Ben Leaptrott a thumbs up in front of the Dempsey Steinway
Wayne Dempsey gives Ben Leaptrott a thumbs up in front of the Dempsey Steinway.

But Dempsey’s legacy at Brenau is greater even than the campuses he left behind. His cheerfulness, even to the end, is remembered. So, too, is his passion for fried chicken. He rarely missed a “Fried Chicken Wednesday” in the campus dining hall. His great love of music – which he expressed by using his polished singing voice and talent with orchestral instruments – led him to create the ongoing All-Steinway program, an endeavor to raise money to replace Brenau’s aged collection of pianos with fine Steinways.

His friends at Brenau aspire to honor Dempsey with the annual Dempsey Dash 5K. Opportunities for sponsorship are available, and all proceeds will go toward the scholarship fund created in his memory.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

The Dempsey Family
The Latimer Family
Breathe Easy Brenau logo
Carroll Daniel Construction Co. logo
Veracity Benefits, a strategic partner of EBMS.
Aramark logo
Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Silver Level Gala Sponsor
The Norton Agency logo
Turner Wood & Smith logo
Brenau Catering Logo
Heather Wayne Performing Arts logo
Longstreet Clinic. Your Health. Our Specialty. logo
Milton Martin Honda
Principal logo
The Reynolds Team - Logo
The Law Office of W. Wright Dempsey, Jr., LLC logo
Event Services of GA logo
Hart Stoneworks - logo
J & J Foods logo
mailworks.com logo
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