Walk Like MADD Kickoff Event in New York

Hopefully, warm weather will be moving into the northern part of the country soon, and people will switch from boots to sneakers to begin to Walk Like MADD. Recently, I attended a Walk Like MADD Kickoff Party kickoff at a Dave & Buster’s Restaurant in Westbury, New York.  

MADD’s New York Executive DirectorRich Mallow is gearing up for several Walk Like MADD events in his state this year, including the Long Island Walk Like MADD May 14th.

 Spelling out the ultimate goal - A future with No More Victims®  President Colleen Sheehey-Church with some of the law enforcement officers she met.

At the kickoff, we heard from Long Island resident and MADD New York volunteer Dawn Nappi.  She told the story of her beautiful daughter Angelica, who was only 14 years of age when she was killed by an impaired driver.  It was an emotional reminder of why we were there that night, why we walk, and why we need donations to continue the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® so that one day there will be NO MORE VICTIMS®.

Geico, Live Nation, Uber, Estee, Ridgewood Savings, New York Auto Giant, Offices of John Fazzini and Nationwide Insurance sponsor Walk Like MADD Long Island. All across the country, sponsors make it possible to have Walk Like MADD events to honor our loved ones – and we are forever grateful. 

This year, I’m looking forward to attending several more Walks across the country. It will give me an opportunity to meet many victims and volunteers and to walk in remembrance of my son Dustin, who was killed by a drunk driver.  I walk to remember Dustin, I walk to inspire and empower others, and to let them know that there is hope, and I walk to show my commitment to ending drunk driving.If you’ve attended a powerful Walk Like MADD event, please tell me about it in the comments below. 

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