Francesca Dawis

Hey everyone! You can call me Frankie :) This is my second Overnight season, and I am thrilled to see you all in New York City.

Fun Facts:
  • Joined the Out of the Darkness Walks Team as a Walker Coach on April 1, 2019
  • Wears green and blue Honor Beads
  • Recently graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Psychology
  • Former Crisis Counselor at San Francisco Suicide Prevention, the oldest community-based telephone crisis center in the U.S.
  • Also a professional actor, singer, and violinist
  • Originally from Minneapolis, MN and is a (sad) Timberwolves fan
  • Huge Tolkien / LOTR fan
  • Has a 1-year-old dog named Pippin. See Pip's Corner below!
Fundraising Favorites:
  • Sharing a link to your fundraising page on Facebook and other social media is an easy yet effective way to reach donors.
  • If you're comfortable, updating your page with your personal connection to the cause will inspire and encourage people to donate.
  • I love sending a personal "thank you" message to each and every person to who donates. 
  • If you love music, a benefit concert is a fun and creative way to fundraise. Gather a few of your friends and put together a short program of your favorite songs. 

Current Favorites    






Pip's Corner  


When I was little, I always dreamed of having a dog. Unfortunately, I was the only one in my family who wanted a furry friend. But when I was struggling with mental health conditions in college, my mom made me a remarkable promise: upon graduation, she would give me a dog as her present to me. Sure enough, she kept her word, and Pippin (named after the hobbit, not Scotty Pippen nor the musical) came into my life in August 2018.

Pippin has made a significant impact on my recovery. His unconditional love and excitement brightens every day, and he has licked many tears off my face. Perhaps the best part of Pippin joining my family has been seeing how quickly my parents and sister have fallen in love with him. They were not animal lovers before Pip, but they are totally reformed and see him as a member of our family. Pip has brought so much joy into our lives.

Contact Me  

Call me, beep me, if you wanna reach me!

I'm here to help in any way I can and want to talk about your fundraising, training, and overall experience. I'm excited to take this Overnight journey with you.

Email me at [email protected] or call me directly at 347-826-3605. My hours are Monday - Friday, between 9:00am and 5:00pm EST. Excited to hear from you!