Cincinnati Teen Drivers Fund – History and Performance since 2002
The Cincinnati Teen Drivers Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation was started in the Fall of 2002 as a result of the death of Kenzie Comisar, a 17 year old who made a fatal driver error. She wasn’t speeding or drinking and she was wearing a seat belt. She was on her way to pick up a friend to go to the mall. Instead, when a deer ran in front of her car, she dropped two wheels off the pavement, over corrected and flipped her SUV on flat dry pavement. Kenzie was a careful and safe driver, who simply was not equipped to handle an emergency situation on the road.
Her parents and two of their friends decided to do something to prevent the deaths of more teenage drivers. They contacted David Thompson, founder of the Advanced Car Control Clinic in Melbourne Florida and asked him to come to town to do a clinic. The cost of a clinic for 20 parent/child teams is about $5,000 and the Comisars were able to raise these funds with help from contributions of family, friends, local businesses and The Kenzie Comisar Memorial Foundation. The first clinic was so successful that schools, parents and other organizations wanted to schedule clinics in their location. The Cincinnati Horticultural Society, when hearing of the need for further clinics called and offered to name the Cincinnati Teen Drivers Fund as the recipient of funds from their Opening Night Gala.2002. As a result of this fundraising effort the Cincinnati Teen Drivers Fund received $47,000. With these funds, over 3,000 teenagers have been trained in the Greater Cincinnati Area, at the following schools and locations:
This is not a complete list of all clinic locations. A total of twenty-five schools participated and over 3000 teen drivers and their parents attended the clinics.
The Cincinnati Teen Driver’s Fund remains active in awarding scholarships and helping schools promote awareness of the importance of teaching new drivers essential skills for safe driving. It is dedicated to saving lives. Please help us by making a tax deductible donation (we are a 501(C)3 entity) to the Greater Cincinnati Foundation—attention The Teen Drivers Fund. The Fund is operated by volunteers so all donations go directly to helping new drivers.
Please help us by making a tax deductible donation (we are a 501(C)3 entity). Please send donations to:
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
PO Box 5200
Cincinnati, OH 45201-5200
Please make checks payable to:
The Cincinnati Teen Drivers Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation