The 2017 Tie One On For Safety season was a busy one in 2017 for MADD South Carolina with distributions of the iconic MADD red ribbon taking place all over the state. Staff, Board members, and other volunteers all took part in getting ribbons out in the community with the important message of using a nondrinking designated driver, especially during the higher risk holiday season. Nationally, MADD celebrated the 31st year of the Tie One On For Safety Campaign.
In the Midlands, Board member Chandra Cleveland-Jennings distributed ribbons to lunchtime customers at the McDonalds in the Vista (Columbia) on December 27th. Board Chair Pam Imm and students from her psychology class at USC were the Food Lion in Five Points on December 2nd. Other businesses or churches that distributed red ribbons include Irmo Smiles dental office (Irmo), Mt. Hebron and Brookland United Methodist Churches (West Columbia), Mt. Olive CME and St. Paul Baptist (Lexington), State Federal Credit Union (Columbia). Schools in Hilton Head and Sullivans Island gave out ribbons to staff and faculty, and volunteer Taylor Dockter gave out ribbons on Dec. 10th in the Chesnee Christmas Parade.
MADD SC also made ribbons available to law enforcement agencies for them to put on agency vehicles. More than a dozen agencies requested ribbons in counties including Lexington, Aiken, Fairfield, Saluda, Spartanburg, and Chester.
Columbia radio personality, KoKo!, helped us spread the message with an interview aired on multiple stations. You can watch a video of the interview with Executive Director Steven Burritt here.