Dance for Dravet

In Honor of Anna

Third Degree Glass Factory, St. Louis, Missouri
October 25, 2024

Click Here to see photos from the 2023 event!

When Anna Odlaug of Chicago was diagnosed with Dravet syndrome in 2018 the Dravet Syndrome Foundation (DSF) provided support to the family. 

Grandfather Ted Odlaug decided to help support the mission of DSF through fundraising and is now a member of the board. Soon his extended family got involved in increasing awareness through their own fundraising campaigns. In 2019 the family led by James (Jimmy) Brennan (President of McKelvey Homes In St. Louis, Mo) and Kathy Brennan McGuire, siblings of Anna’s grandmother Pat, wanted to help and as a result organized the first Dance for Dravet in St. Louis. It was a great success and they raised over $183,000 for the foundation. To view our photo gallery from our 2019 event, click here

In 2020, Jimmy took the lead in organizing a 2nd Dance for Dravet which was postponed due to the COVID pandemic. The event was rescheduled for October 22, 2021 and the majority of our sponsors opted to donate and again or even increase their sponsorship. The following year the 3rd annual Dance for Dravet was held on October 21, 2022 This brought the total raised over $468,000 in 2022 and the total raised for all 3 Dance for Dravet events to over $1.2 million and counting! But they didn’t stop there! In 2023 Ted and Jim hosted the 4th annual Dance for Dravet and raised over $530,000 for DSF!

In addition to the Dance for Dravet events, the family has raised funds for DSF from other fundraising events and individual donations. You can find more information at The family has raised more than $2 million to date and recently set a new fundraising goal of $3 million!

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