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