About

Our mission is to assist families that have been vicimized by bullying and take a proactive approach to stop bullying

I am Rodney Briguglio the President and founder of the Frederick P Drew Memorial Fund Inc.

Fred Drew was my cousin and godson, he sacrificed his life protecting friends from bullies. Fred was always a loving and happy soul, a protector, not afraid to stand up for what was right and always helped others in need. He was well loved by all, he was a mentor, a leader and an integral part of his community. Nearly 1000 people showed support and respect to Fred by attending his funeral.

Late Saturday evening, October 2, 2011, a crowd had gathered in Citrus Springs, near Citrus Springs Boulevard and East Noah Lane, according to a spokeswoman for the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies responded to a 911 call and found, Frederick P Drew, 18, of Inverness unresponsive. Fred died from a gunshot wound to his heart. Fred was unarmed.

Fred was born on April 16, 1993. He graduated from Citrus High School, class of 2011, where he excelled in several sports, including the wrestling team, varsity football team (team captain), and weightlifting where he attained all-state status. Fred was a true champion on and off the field. He was scheduled to receive a full wrestling scholarship from Bloomsburg University. He was also being considered by the United Stated Navy for their Navy Seal Program. Raised in the Episcopal faith, he was a member of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Inverness, Florida where he served as an acolyte.

A 16 year old male, Deandre Phillips has been arrested as the trigger man for his murder. There is a current murder investigation in progress which keep me from divulging more specifics about the circumstances leading up to Fred's demise. There were several other young males involved that are currently under investigation as well.

The Frederick P. Drew Memorial Foundation is a 501-C3, not-for-profit organization, created to assist families of young victims of bullying. The Foundation offers financial aid for services in counseling, funeral expenses, therapy, medicine and in some cases, legal costs. The Foundation also provides awareness information to communities, schools, clubs, social and professional organizations through lectures, workshops, printed literature and website dissemination.
The Frederick P. Drew Foundation is dedicated to a pro-active approach designed to increase awareness at all levels of society about the causes and impact of violent crimes committed against the world's children. The Foundation emphasizes the irreparable damage placed upon families of victims of Bullying, Child Abuse, Organized Youth Gangs and Hate Crimes.

President/Chairman
Rodney Briguglio

Vice President
Frank A. Drew

Committee
Joseph P. Drew
Joseph F. Drew
Maddie Drew
Michelle Nowosatko
Richard Addicott
Robyn Von Schmittou
Michele Messina