Executive Director Brenda Brooks becomes an Ironman

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Crew Trust’s Executive Director, Brenda Brooks, traveled to Panama City Beach to participate in a full Ironman Triathlon on November 7th.

Thousands of cheering spectators formed the backdrop for what many consider one of the toughest endurance events in existence with nearly 3000 athletes competing from around the globe.

Brenda approached this difficult sporting event with the same enthusiasm and criteria that she feels is necessary for the success of the CREW Land & Water Trust, passion and enthusiasm for helping others and forming beneficial partnerships that work in cooperation to ironman award benefit all. Brenda participated in the Ironman Triathlon, constantly encouraging other athletes, stopping to lend assistance, and keeping an ever-present positive attitude built around having fun and enjoying the experience while testing her own resolve.

Lasting over 16 hours she swam 2.4 miles in rough seas with 4-5 foot breakers, biked 112 windy miles and finished by running a full marathon (26.2 miles) into the night, crossing the finish line in the rain for a total of 140.6 miles.brenda brooks after ironman 2

Smiling and elated she accomplished not only a difficult personal goal but in the process truly touched the lives of both athletes and spectators alike.

Congratulations Brenda on a job well done.

Brenda Brooks, YOU are an IRONMAN!

To read more about Brenda’s training leading up to her Ironman visit: http://www.naplesnews.com/community/outside-her-comfort-zone-crew-director-brenda-brooks-to-compete-in-her-first-ironman-ep-1290726433-331144341.html

CREW Concert 2012 – A Look Back

On Saturday, March 24th, 2012 about 400 people gathered on the lawn of Riverside Park in Olde Bonita Springs to support the CREW Land & Water Trust at our 5th annual benefit concert. The music line-up “was the best one yet” – with Wendy Webb‘s smooth vocals, The Wholetones funky upbeat folkcore fusion, and the grand finale with Kat Epple and the Katalyst Project. A classy touch was the dancing of Christar Damiano.

Between sets CREW Chairman of the Board, Bill Hammond, and CREW Executive Director, Brenda Brooks, shared a few stories about CREW and thanked all the concert sponsors, Trustees, volunteers, and those who attended. We also shared three short videos about CREW that were produced as part of our documentary package by WGCU-Public Media last year.

The silent auction was fabulous and Rotary of Bonita Springs provided drinks while CREW Trustes provided food for concert-goers. The people who attended were generous bidders at our silent auction as well as generous donors to our food/drink donation jug. Thank you to all who made this night so special.

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