Aegis Foundation, High Heel Dash
Aegis Foundation sprouted from the mind of one man, but it has endured thanks to the tireless efforts and unyielding belief of a passionate board of directors. Always an avid volunteer, William Panzarella was working with a Minneapolis organization to help at-risk youth when they were forced to close due to lack of funding. Undaunted by the setback, William took up the challenge, establishing Aegis to help raise money for other organizations that provide safe, supportive environments for youth. Like cooties at a summer camp, the enthusiasm quickly spread, and Aegis soon found itself with chapters in Minneapolis, Chicago, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. Beneficiaries of Aegis’ efforts include organizations such as One Heartland, Project Footsteps, Reclaim, and other foundations that strive to help youth via disease prevention, vocational training, and education.