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Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to Host 12th Annual UKG & The Salah Foundation Walk Like MADD



To support the ongoing fight against drunk driving and drugged driving, thousands of people will walk and run during the 12th Annual UKG & The Salah Foundation Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Fort Lauderdale 5K presented by the Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County and UBS. The event includes an in-person race on Sunday, May 7 starting near Huizenga Plaza in Fort Lauderdale, plus a virtual participation option.


Festivities will include children’s activities, an awards ceremony, live musical performances, and vendor/educational booths. The event will be attended by dignitaries including Walk Like MADD Fort Lauderdale Founder and Honorary Chairperson Heather Geronemus, MADD National President and Walk Like MADD Fort Lauderdale Honorary Co-Chair Tess Rowland, and Major Robert Chandler of Florida Highway Patrol. MADD announced Rowland as the national president on Feb. 6, 2023. Rowland is an American Heritage School alumna.


Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Fort Lauderdale 5K is a community-driven 5K that raises awareness about drunk driving and underage drinking while uniting community members around MADD’s mission. Since it was established in 2011, this event has raised more than $3.5 million that stays in the South Florida community to save lives and support victims of drunk driving, making it the most successful grassroots fundraiser in the history of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Every dollar donated remains in South Florida to provide victim services and prevention education at no cost.


“We are pleased to continue to hold this important event, which raises both awareness and funds to eliminate drunk and drugged driving and provide free victim services and prevention education in South Florida,” said Geronemus, who is also the immediate past chairwoman of the MADD National Board of Directors. “Every 48 minutes, someone in this country is killed by a drunk driver but we all have the power to stop that from happening.” Geronemus’ late father, Dr. Robert Perry Geronemus, was struck and killed by a drunk driver in 2009.

Event sponsors include Signature Sponsors UKG and The Salah Foundation; Presenting Sponsors Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County and UBS; Road Guardian Sponsor Weinstein Legal; Corporate Champion Sponsors Sheriff’s Office of Broward County, Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Broward Health, Memorial Healthcare System, BBX Capital, JM Family Enterprises, Miami Dolphins Foundation and Durée & Company; and Spotlight Sponsors LaCroix, Office Depot, Rotary Club of Weston and Westway Towing.


When: Sunday, May 7, 2023; 7:30 a.m.


Where:

In-person Race:

Across from Huizenga Plaza

SE 1st Avenue and Las Olas Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301


Virtual Walk/Run:

Any place the participant chooses.


Costs (In-person and Virtual): Adult 5K Runner and Walker: $35

Youth 5K Runner and Walker (ages 5-18): $30

Dogs: $10


How: To register for the in-person or virtual 12th Annual UKG & The Salah Foundation 2023 Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Fort Lauderdale 5K presented by the Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County and UBS, visit www.walklikemadd.org/fortlauderdale.


Event sponsorships are available. Awards will be given for top fundraiser, top team (private and corporate), as well as overall and age-group awards for 5K finishers.


For the most up-to-date event information, visit www.facebook.com/MADDDashFortLaud. Please contact Rachel Stephens, Special Events Manager, rachel.stephens@madd.org with any additional questions.


Learn more at www.madd.org or by calling 1-877-ASK-MADD.


By ML Staff. Images courtesy of MADD

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