WALK LIKE MADD BRINGS THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY TOGETHER

WALK LIKE MADD BRINGS THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY TOGETHER

TO REMEMBER LOVED ONES, INSPIRE CHANGE AND COMMIT TO END IMPAIRED DRIVING

— MADD Southern California to honor Shanna Kreza, Costa Mesa Fire & Rescue Captain Mike Kreza’s widow–

 

WHAT:              The Southern California Region of Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) will host its signature non-competitive 5K fundraising event Walk Like MADD® in the city of Long Beach on Saturday, September 14th and starts at 7:00 a.m. at Granada Beach. Funds go directly to MADD’s lifesaving mission here in Southern California and enable us to provide necessary community services to those affected by drunk driving. The MADD Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving, calls for high-visibility law enforcement, ignition interlocks or “in-car breathalyzers” for all convicted drunk drivers and support for the development of advanced technology.

“We walk to finish the job that was started by a grieving mother in 1980. Now in our 39th year, MADD has saved more than 370,000 lives and has served more than 840,000 victims,” said Patricia Rillera, Executive Director, MADD California. “Walk Like MADD will raise mission-critical funds to help save lives in our hometown.” 

The timing of the walk is significant because on August 1, 2019, 24-year-old Noah Benardout from Sherman Oaks, was tragically killed after a two-car collision caused one of the vehicles to enter the sidewalk in the Fairfax District. Police arrested a 27-year-old driver who was allegedly driving under the influence when the crash occurred.

According to the latest statistics, 1,120 people died from drunk driving crashes in the state of California, which represents 31% of all traffic fatalities in 2017.

Walk like MADD has three main components:

  • Remember: We walk for those who no longer can and alongside those who are learning to walk again.
  • Inspire: We walk empowered even when we feel powerless, as survivors when we have been victimized, and with purpose when we have lost our way.
  • Commit: We walk with supporters who share our vision of No More Victims®.

WHEN:             

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Registration opens at 7:00 a.m.

Ceremony at 8:30 a.m.

5K Walk begins at 9:00 a.m.

 

WHERE:                Granada Beach

                        5000 E Ocean Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90803

                        (On the corner of Granada Ave. and E. Ocean Blvd.)

 

WHO:                     The following people will be in attendance:

  • Patricia Rillera, California State Executive Director
  • Suzie Price, Councilwoman, 3rd District, City of Long Beach
  • Shanna Kreza, Costa Mesa Fire & Rescue Captain Mike Kreza’s widow

 

CONTACT:            Patricia Rillera, California State Executive Director

(714) 838-6199 Ext. 6654 Office / Pat.Rillera@madd.org

 

For more information or to register visit walklikemadd.org/SoCal
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