Mothers Against Drunk Driving will host their 5th annual Walk Like MADD Event in St. Louis on Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Creve Coeur Park. Walk Like MADD is a community-driven event that raises awareness about drunk driving and unites community members around MADD’s mission. Many who participate have a common bond; they or someone they know has been injured or killed by an impaired driver. Others who have not lost a loved one or had a loved one injured want to be part of a change and take a positive stand. Everyone who participates feels strongly about preventing drunk driving. All funds raised support programs to help those affected by drunk driving and to prevent this senseless tragedy. Last year, over 300 individuals participated. Every dollar raised remains in the community in which it was raised, enabling the Gateway Affiliate of Mothers Against Drunk Driving in St. Louis to provide victim services and prevention education at no cost. With every step taken and each dollar raised, walkers are supporting MADD’s lifesaving mission to keep our families and communities safe.
Who is MADD? Founded by a mother who lost her daughter in a crash, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. Since 1980, MADD has nearly saved 300,000 lives and counting. Our mission is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking. What does MADD do? Because of the generosity of local corporations, foundations and individuals, MADD is able to continue their mission in and around the St. Louis area. With each donor dollar, MADD provides the following services and programs to the St. Louis community at NO CHARGE:
Victim Services Court accompaniment: Guidance and support in the court system and informing the victims of their rights.
Monthly Support Groups: An outlet for emotional healing Healing projects: A way for victims to honor their loved ones while also finding healing for themselves.
Candlelight Vigil of Hope and Healing and Crime Victims’ Rights Week ceremonies: Events to honor and remember the lives lost Law Enforcement Support Law Enforcement Recognition Event: An evening to recognize our local officials for putting their lives on the line to keep us safe and remove drunk drivers from our roadways Sobriety Checkpoints: Show our appreciation by providing refreshments to officers working to remove drunk drivers from our roadways.
Valuable information at Safety Fairs and Community Events Provide information to the public on the dangers of drunk driving and underage drinking. Arrange for victim speakers to speak at local schools to make an impact on the students and young adults on the ultimate consequences of drunk driving.
Conduct Victim Impact Panels to provide the community with the ‘perspective’ or insight of individuals whose lives have been affected by drunk driving.
The St. Louis Walk Like MADD was founded and is organized by Deborah Weinstein, who lost her son David to a drunk driver two days after Mothers’ Day and two days before his thirtieth birthday in 2011. The event is a competitive, professionally timed, and family-friendly 5K Run/Walk and MADD 1 Mile Dash. It will take place at Creve Coeur Park on Sunday May 7, 2017. Registration starts at 9am; the Run/Walk begins at 10am. For more information or to register go to www.walklikemadd.org/stlouis Please go to the video link https:// vimeo.com/118650664 to hear Deborah Weinstein discuss what MADD and the Walk Like MADD event mean to her.