EDAWN Foundation and Its Initiatives

The EDAWN Foundation is a private, non-profit 501c3, founded by the EDAWN Board. Its purpose is to create awareness and educate visitors, business travelers, and the community about our region’s economic development, business growth opportunities,  and the quality of life in Greater Reno-Sparks. Since its inception in 2013, the Foundation has focused its efforts on initiatives that enhance our image as a family-friendly community.

EDAWN Foundation Board Members:

  • Taylor Adams
  • Rae McElroy
  • Annie Zucker
  • Margaret Friedrichs
  • Nancy Fennell
  • Richard Jay
Featured image showing a taxi cab wrapped with local student artwork

2023 Taxi Art Contest Winners

Congratulations to all the students who participated in this year’s competition and special recognition to the following first-place winning schools and student artists. (Click here to see the six runners-up winners.)

Damonte Ranch High School – Allen Lumbao

Dilworth Middle School – Ximena Lopez-Padilla

Brown Elementary School – Elizabeth McLaughlin



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About the 2023 Taxi Art Contest

The EDAWN Foundation and Washoe County School District K-12 schools partnered for the eighth year in the Taxi Art Contest. This year, nine $500 checks were awarded to three finalists in each category: Elementary, Middle, and High School. In addition, the first-place winner in each category had their designs displayed on local taxis for a year!

Artwork Theme: Northern Nevada Is a Great Place to Live

Every year more than 4 million visitors come to the Reno-Sparks region for vacation, business, family fun, and much more. With so much to see and do here, we want everyone to know why Northern Nevada is a great place to live. The students use their creativity and imagination to illustrate this theme in their own artwork and we are excited to see this year’s new taxi wrap design entries.