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Light a Virtual Candle for Your Loved Ones
By MADD | November 30, 2012 | Filed in: Drunk Driving , Victim Services

Behind every drunk driving statistic is a person whose life was full of family and friends, love and life, joy and laughter.  They are mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, friends, neighbors and co-workers. Their lives touched so many and they will never be forgotten.

This holiday season, we are asking everyone to take part in our online celebration of life candlelight vigil, and light a virtual candle in honor of a loved one who was killed or injured in a drunk driving crash.

You can share their story or write them a message, and light a candle in their honor or memory. Participate in our online tribute by lighting your virtual candle now.


By MADD | November 27, 2012 | Filed in: General

the national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season.

Each year during the holiday season there is a day  for shopping in stores — “Black Friday” — and a day for shopping online — “Cyber Monday. ”  Now, there is a day for Americans to show they give as good as they get.  

Today is the first ever #GivingTuesday™!   This new annual celebration is less about buying gifts and more about giving back.

Since #GivingTuesday was designed to kick off the giving season, we realized that there couldn’t possibly be a better day than today to launch our 2012 holiday fundraising campaign.

We’ve set a goal to raise $200,000 this holiday season.  I know, it seems like a lot, but with this $200,000 carrying us into the new year, we’re confident that we’ll be able to make great strides in 2013. 

We plan to: continue advocating for new legislation in states that currently do not require convicted drunk drivers to use ignition interlock devices; equip more parents and teens with the tools they need to prevent underage drinking; and serve even more victims and survivors of drunk and drugged driving in 2013 and beyond — until there are no more victims to serve.

Your support will save lives in 2013.

But don’t just take our word for it.  Here are videos of MADD volunteers telling their story and why they choose to support MADD.

You can help make #GivingTuesday — the giving season’s opening day — a success by donating to MADD today!


A Season to be Thankful
By Jan Withers | November 20, 2012 | Filed in: General , National President

Thanksgiving is Thursday (I can’t believe 2012 is already coming to an end!), and this year there are so many things I’m thankful for — like my family, my friends and MADD. I’m thankful for a way to honor my daughter, Alisa Joy, each and every day through my work with MADD. I’m thankful that after all of this time, I can see a future without drunk driving.

I’m also thankful for you. Your time, money and support of MADD’s mission has helped us save almost 300,000 lives and serve more than 300,000 victims and survivors… and counting.

While it felt like a whirlwind to me, we’ve done some amazing things together this year — our MADD family helped pass stronger ignition interlock laws in several states, served one victim of drunk driving every eight minutes, and assembled a Power of You(th)™ Teen Influencer Group that helped us create a teen booklet to help prevent underage drinking.

So, thank you for your support — we could not make such important change in the world without committed supporters like you.

Wishing you a warm, safe and happy Thanksgiving, from all of the MADD volunteers, staff and board members!

Kicking Off the Holiday Season with Gratitude
By MADD | November 15, 2012 | Filed in: General

As Thanksgiving and the holiday season approaches, we want to take this time to acknowledge and thank some of our supporters who provide products and services that benefit MADD’s mission and our members.

Thank you:

Nationwide Insurance® (the national presenting sponsor of the Power of Parents® and Tie One on for Safety® programs)  for supporting MADD and our members by offering exclusive insurance discounts to MADD supporters.  Learn more»  

DialAmerica for donating 12.5% of the purchase price of magazine subscriptions to support the fight against drunk driving. Learn more»  

MADD Virgin Drinks for supporting MADD’s efforts to reduce the incidence of drunk driving by offering an alcohol-free beverage alternative for designated drivers, and for contributing 10% of net sales to MADD.  Learn more»  

#TAXI (#-8-2-9-4) on your mobile™ for donating $0.50 per call to MADD during November and December, a dangerous time of year on our roadways, and for their on-going commitment to helping keep our roads safe this holiday season and all year long.  Learn more»  

Stonehenge Strategic Group, PVH and Macy’s for developing the Cocktail Expressions tie collection to help raise awareness for MADD’s mission as well as donating a portion of the net sales to MADD.  Learn more»

UMB Bank for supporting MADD's mission and helping to raise awareness by offering the MADD Visa® Platinum Rewards Card, and donating $50 to MADD with the first user purchase. Learn more» 

Whether organizations or individuals, the investment of MADD supporters’ time and money saves lives in communities across the nation.  

Tie One On For Safety Infographic Contest Winner
By MADD | November 13, 2012 | Filed in: Drunk Driving

Announcing the winner of the Tie One On For Safety® Infographic contest!  Congratulations Joni Graves from the Wisconsin LTAP (Local Technical Assistance Program) at the University of Wisconsin – Madison!  Learn more about Tie One On For Safety®, MADD's longest running and most visible public awareness project, at

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