No matter what his professional endeavors, Drew has always found time to “give back,” through community and political activities. He was twice nominated for AIDS Survival Project’s annual John Kappers Community Service Award and, in 2007, won the agency’s Antoniette Sinclair Volunteer of the Year Award, partially in recognition for consistently providing pro bono communications services to the statewide non-profit, as well as chairing both the agency’s sustaining donor circle and a major annual fundraising event.
The October 2005 issue of Georgia Trend magazine included Drew in its annual list of “Forty Under 40,” noting both his professional work and his community and political involvement. He has served as Communications Chair on political campaigns, and is active politically otherwise.
Drew and his mother established the Breaking Away Scholarship Fund in the University of Tennessee at Knoxville’s College of Communications & Information. The scholarship rewards courageous, innovative writing across all disciplines in the College at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. (Like Drew, his mother and sister are UTK Communications grads; his mother retired after a 35-year career in public relations.)