MADD was honored to participate in our partners at CARCHEX’s Grand Opening last month, which raised $2,000 for MADD. This donation goes towards their larger national partnership donation of $20,000 pledged earlier this year when MADD and CARCHEX formally became partners to support MADD’s mission.
The Grand Opening celebration took place on June 28th at CARCHEX's new headquarters in the Hunt Valley Towne Centre in Maryland. The Baltimore Ravens' Justin Tucker and Jimmy Smith were on site to sign autographs and take red-carpet style photos with fans. The Grand Opening also coincided with a special gathering of automotive enthusiasts where exotic, classic and muscle cars, trucks and SUVs were on display for the audience's enjoyment.
MADD National President Jan Withers attended the event to share MADD’s mission as well as her personal story.
Baltimore Ravens' Justin Tucker and Jimmy Smith
Fans enjoyed a showcase of specialty vehicles, including McLaren and Lamborghini models.
"Our Grand Opening celebration was a tremendous success. We want to thank all of our partners, friends, and especially the Baltimore Ravens for their support," said Jason Goldsmith, CARCHEX CEO. "With their help, we were able to raise money that will go directly to a cause close to our hearts, MADD's mission to end drunk driving."
Thank you CARCHEX for supporting MADD and for inviting us to participate in your Grand Opening celebration! And thank you to everyone who participated in this event and helped support MADD!
MADD’s vehicle donation program helps raise critical funds to eliminate drunk driving, but past efforts by Congress that were intended to enact strong safeguards to stem fraud and abuse have unintentionally discouraged potential donors.
According to the IRS, the number of cars donated the first year the new rules took effect dropped by 67 percent. Moreover, the corresponding value of those vehicle donations went down by 77 percent, meaning that donors stopped donating higher value cars that charities derive the greatest revenue.
The Charitable Automobile Red-Tape Simplification (CARS) Act, bipartisan legislation authored by Representatives Todd Young and Linda Sanchez, was just introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and would reform IRS rules to give potential donors a fair market value for donating their vehicle to MADD, or any charity that accepts vehicle donations.
MADD is excited about the possibilities of self-driving vehicles. We support the development of advanced technology that will reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries on our roadways. Both the self-driving technology and the DADSS (Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety) technology, which automatically detects a driver’s blood alcohol concentration, hold tremendous promise for a safer tomorrow. We look forward to future advancements that will eventually eliminate drunk driving completely.
High-visibility law enforcement techniques that catch drunk drivers and discourage others from driving drunk are part of our Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving®. These techniques have been proven to reduce drunk driving deaths by 20 percent. That is why MADD works so closely with the officers who keep our families safe on and off the roads, and honors those who have been killed or injured in the line of duty during this National Police Week and every week of the year.
For mothers, nothing is more important than keeping their families safe. That’s why just in time for Mother’s Day, we’re releasing two new public service announcements (PSAs) targeting mothers who want to protect their kids, keep them safe and ensure their bright futures.
The “Ballerina” video contrasts images of a car crash with the joy of a mother watching her daughter perform at a dance recital.
The “Rearview Mirror” video shows a mother driving and talking about road safety, then gazing at her smiling young daughter in the rearview mirror.
The videos urge people to support MADD to help keep their own children—and families everywhere—safe.