Sup­port­ers to make strides against drunk driv­ing at ‘Walk like MADD’

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More than 1,000 walk­ers and run­ners against drunk driv­ing will gather at Moth­ers Against Drunk Driv­ing’s (MADD) an­nual “Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Fort Laud­erdale 5K” May 4.

This event is MADD’s sig­na­ture walk, which takes place in more than 60 cities in the United States.

Pre­sented by Ul­ti­mate Soft­ware, the walk will be­gin at Huizenga Park, lo­cated at 32 E. Las Olas Blvd., at 7:30 a.m. and will take place along Fort Laud­erdale’s River­walk.

Mu­si­cal guest Ciara Rae will sing the na­tional an­them; Tony Se­greto will once again be the mas­ter of cer­e­monies. Spe­cial guests in­clude hon­orary chair­woman Su­san Is­rael and her hus­band Broward County Sher­iff Scott Is­rael, Fort Laud­erdale Mayor John P. “Jack” Seiler and Broward County Com­mis­sioner Chip LaMarca. Heather Gerone­mus, the event’s chair­woman, will speak on be­half of the Fort Laud­erdale chap­ter. Sher­iff Is­rael, Mayor Seiler and Com­mis­sioner LaMarca will also speak.

“The 2014 ‘Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Fort Laud­erdale 5K’ is a fun-filled and up­lift­ing way to join oth­ers in the com­mu­nity to stop drunk driv­ing,” said Su­san Is­rael. “By walk­ing or run­ning to­gether, par­tic­i­pants can not only en­joy a won­der­ful event, but also make strides to re­in­force MADD’s mis­sion to stop drunk driv­ing, sup­port the vic­tims of this vi­o­lent crime and pre­vent un­der­age drink­ing.”

Af­ter the last run­ner and walker crosses the fin­ish line and awards are pre­sented to the top per­form­ers, par­tic­i­pants will en­joy re­fresh­ments, a vic­tims’ trib­ute area, a “Kid Zone” with bounce houses, and a health and safety expo.

“No child, par­ent, fam­ily mem­ber, or friend should have to go through los­ing some­one they care for as a re­sult of drunk driv­ing,” said Gerone­mus. She es­tab­lished and chaired the Fort Laud­erdale event in 2011. Her fa­ther, Dr. Robert Perry Gerone­mus, was struck and killed by a drunk driver in 2009. “This event will con­tinue to raise funds to ed­u­cate our com­mu­nity on the dan­gers of drunk driv­ing, pro­vide vic­tim sup­port and youth pro­grams to stop this vi­o­lent crime - one that is com­pletely pre­ventable.”

Spon­sors for the event in­clude Ul­ti­mate Soft­ware, Anid­jar & Levine, ADT Al­ways Cares, Op­time Con­sult­ing, Yel­low Cab, Florida Com­mu­nity Bank, City Na­tional Bank and Au­toNa­tion.

Reg­is­tra­tion fee is $25 for adults and $15 for youth un­der 21. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.walk­like­madd.org/ fortlauderdale.

Stacey Schul­man, left, Sammy, 5, and Bran­don, 7

"Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash" will take place May 4 at 7:30 a.m. at Huizenga Park in Fort Laud­erdale.

Vanessa Walker, left, Pablo Urquilla and Mag­gie Gun­ther

Broward County Sher­iff’s Of­fice Colonel Al Pol­lock, left, Heather Gerone­mus and Broward County Sher­iff’s Of­fice Deputy Sira Ar­royo

Jes­sica Kersey, left, Peter Neirouz and Ali Wiener

Anthony Russo, left, David Pinsker and Craig Drucker

Stephen C. Green­berger, left, Su­san Is­rael, Alex Price and Glen Levine

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