ABOUT OUR FOUNDATION
PASSAGE OF AMY'S LAW (2014-2015)
Following Amy's accident in 2014, the Foundation was involved with a state-wide advocacy organization that pushed for bicyclists rights. We were offered the opportunity to help draft a letter on behalf of our family illustrating why the Bill , HB No. 85, A Bill to require 3 foot space for all bikers on WY roads (otherwise known as the ‘3 foot rule’ and passed in 24 other states), which might reduce the chance of an accident like Amy's from happening again.
Ultimately, Wyoming’s House Bill 0085, “Amy’s Law”, successfully passed the state legislative hurdle and took effect on July 1st, 2015 when signed into law by Fmr. Gov. Matt Meade . It requires drivers of a motor vehicle, when overtaking or passing a bicycle, to maintain at least a 3 foot separation between the vehicle and the bicycle.
Samantha, Terry, and Pat Bennett with Gov. Matt Mead following signage of HB0085 in September , 2015
MISSION AND HISTORY
The Amy Bennett Foundation Inc., a 501(c)3 tax-deductible non-profit, was founded in late 2014 and continues Amy's dreams beyond her passing. Amy was killed in tragic circumstances, in a collision with a truck as she biked to her work at the Playhouse in Jackson, WY. In the foundation's first year, we were instrumental in providing biker protection advocacy, and we spearheaded the passage of a 3 foot law in Wyoming ("Amy's Law")
Since 2016, the primary purpose of the Fund has been to create and disburse scholarship funds that are used to enrich the lives of youth and college performers. As such, our mission is spreading Amy's joy for the arts and theater through scholarship funds that enrich the lives of youth and college performers. Through Starlight Community Theater , where Amy got her start, UNC's Musical Theater Program, and the Educational Theater Association, we directly support Arizona Thespians and the International Thespian Society.