Mothers Against Drunk Driving to Host 11th Annual Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Fort Lauderdale 5K
The day’s festivities will also 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, Volunteer Chairperson Colonel Nichole Anderson, Undersheriff of Broward Sheriff’s Office and Major Robert Chandler of Florida Highway Patrol.
Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Fort Lauderdale is a community-driven 5K that raises awareness about drunk driving and underage drinking and unites community members around MADD’s mission. Since it was established in 2011, this event has raised over $3 million that stays in our 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.
“Every 48 minutes, someone is killed by a drunk driver. With this event, we are raising both awareness and funds to eliminate drunk and drugged driving and provide free victim services and prevention education in South Florida,” said Heather Geronemus, who is also MADD national chairwoman. Her late father, Dr. Robert Perry Geronemus, was struck and killed by a drunk driver in 2009.
“Despite the decrease in miles traveled during the pandemic, traffic fatalities continue to increase, and drunk driving is still the deadliest killer on our nation’s roadways, claiming more than 11,000 lives and injuring more than 350,000 innocent people each year. Thanks to the support from our sponsors, participants, and donors, we continue to work toward a future of no more victims,” said Broward Sheriff’s Office Colonel Nichole Anderson, Undersheriff.
Event sponsors include Signature Sponsor UKG, Presenting Sponsor Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County, State Safety Champion Sponsor Alert Today Florida, Corporate Champion Sponsor La Croix, and Spotlight Sponsor Searcy Denney.
When: Sunday, April 24, 2022; 7 a.m.
Huizenga Plaza 32 E. Las Olas Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301
Any place the participant chooses
Costs: Adult 5K Runner and Walker: $35
Youth 5K Runner and Walker (ages 5-18): $25 How: To register for the in-person or virtual 11th Annual UKG Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Fort Lauderdale 5K brought to you by the Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County, 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.
Founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. MADD also supports drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge, serving one person every nine minutes through local MADD victim advocates and at 1-877-MADD-HELP. In South Florida, the chapter’s annual Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Fort Lauderdale 5K has raised more than $3 million since 2011. MADD’s Broward and Palm Beach chapters facilitate hundreds of free events each year to educate youth and parents on the dangers and consequences of impaired driving. Learn more at www.madd.org or by calling 1-877-ASK-MADD.