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Walk Like MADD

Walk Like MADD Brings Community Together to Remember Loved Ones, Inspire Change and Commit to End Drunk Driving

MADD South Carolina hosts 4th annual signature fundraising event in Columbia

WHAT: Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) in South Carolina will host its 4th annual Walk Like MADD® Columbia fundraiser. Victims, survivors and supporters will line up for this non-competitive 5K run/walk to remember lost loved ones, inspire change and commit to a nation with no more victims.

South Carolina is among the worst states in the nation for drunk driving. Funds raised through Walk Like MADD help further MADD’s lifesaving mission and the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® which calls for high-visibility law enforcement, ignition interlocks or “in-car breathalyzers” for all convicted drunk drivers and support for the development of advanced technology to turn cars into the cure for drunk driving.

WHEN: April 22nd, 2017

Registration opens at 2:00 p.m.

Pre-walk remarks begin at 3:00 p.m.

Walk begins at 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Saluda Shoals Park (River Birch Shelter)

5605 Bush River Rd, Columbia, SC 29212

WHO: The following people will be in attendance:

  • Steven Burritt, MADD South Carolina Program Director

  • Former State Senator Joel Lourie, Honorary Chair

  • Susan Phillips, serving as the Honor Family for her only son Jeremy and his fiancé, Danielle, killed in 2012

  • Suzanne Elkins, General Manager of Thompson Funeral Homes, Presenting Sponsor

  • Numerous other victims of drunk driving crashes

WHY: In 2015, 301 people in South Carolina were killed in drunk driving crashes. Nationwide, more than 10,000 lives were lost due to drunk driving and around 300,000 people were injured in drunk driving crashes.

VISUALS: Victim memorial signage and memory boards, 301 red pinwheels to represent each annual drunk driving death, kids area, law enforcement “alley” to open the walk, music, Cocky

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