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LEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE AND THE DEPUTY DOGS – PETS ON PATROL PROGRAM PARTNERS WITH WALK LIKE MADD & 5K

 

Fort Myers, FL | August 15, 2019: Mothers Against Drunk Driving of Southwest Florida (MADD SWFL) is pleased to announce Sheriff Carmine Marceno of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and Deputy Chance of the Deputy Dogs – Pets on Patrol Program will join the fourth annual Walk Like MADD and 5K to be held on September 28, 2019.

As the nonprofit organization’s official ambassador, Deputy Chance along with Sheriff Carmine Marceno will be available for photos with Walk Like MADD attendees at the annual event at jetBlue Park at Fenway South.  Attendees can also sign up their pets to be a Pet on Patrol and receive official deputy status in the program.

“We are honored to have our agency members, and our Deputy Dogs Program, partner with Mothers Against Drunk Driving for this annual event,” said Sheriff Carmine Marceno.  “By working together, we are hoping to educate about the life altering impacts of impaired driving and work to create a community where our streets are safe for all of us.  Walk Like MADD is an important event for the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, and we hope that residents, and their furry friends, will join us on September 28th for a day of wellness, awareness and support of our local MADD chapter.”

This annual awareness and fundraising event is family and pet-friendly and features a one-mile walk and five-kilometer USATF certified run ending on home plate at the spring training home of the 2018 World Series Champs – the Boston Red Sox.  After the walk and run, the event has exciting activities for the whole family as well as music and food from local celebrity chefs and restaurants.  Registration fees and other contributions directly benefit victims and survivors of drunk, drugged and substance-impaired driving crashes as well as funds MADD SWFL’s free informational prevention programs.

Established in 2013, MADD SWFL provides free programs to over 15,000 people annually in the Southwest Florida community through its underage drinking prevention initiatives, its campaign to eliminate drunk driving, tie one on for safety campaign and DUI offender education.  In addition, the local MADD chapter supports law enforcement hosting an annual law enforcement recognition program and free DUI training benefiting over 300 local law enforcement professionals.  Most importantly, MADD SWFL supports victims and survivors of drunk, drugged and substance-impaired driving crashes; providing over 1,500 free services annually and facilitating grief and community groups as well as a tribute event.

 

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About Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is celebrating its 35th anniversary by creating a future of NO MORE VICTIMSTM. MADD is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these crimes and prevent underage drinking. MADD supports drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge, serving one person every ten minutes through local MADD victim advocates and at 1-877-MADD-HELP. Learn more at madd.org or by calling 1-877-ASK-MADD.

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