Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — More than 100 guests enjoyed great food courtesy of BRIO Tuscan Grille and ‘Mocktails’ by La Croix while strolling through the gallery at Artserve in Fort Lauderdale during the 2018 VIP Kick off for the 8thAnnual La Croix & Lennox National Account Services Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Fort Lauderdale 5K Brought to You by Ultimate Software. Guests also enjoyed a silent auction and raffle prizes.
Volunteer Chairperson/National Board Member and newly appointed Vice Chair of MADD’s 2018 National Board Heather Geronemus welcomed guests and with a heavy heart paid respects to her father, Dr. Robert Perry Geronemus who was killed by a drunk driver that night exactly nine years ago.
Also speaking at the event were Honorary Chairperson Sheriff Scott Israel with the Broward Sheriff’s Department, Major Robert Chandler with the Florida Highway Patrol, and MADD Broward Kick-Off Event Chairs Rachel Perz and Stephan Greco.
“MADD Broward County is extremely fortunate to have such an incredible team of dedicated volunteers behind every initiative,” said Geronemus. “We are once again indebted to our returning Kick-off Chairs Stephan Greco, attorney at Conroy Simberg, and Rachel Perz, general manager of BRIO Tuscan Grille in Plantation. Both have been instrumental in making this year’s event a resounding success.”
The event closed with a short video of the new national MADD campaign titled “No More Victims.”
The 8thAnnual MADD La Croix & Lennox National Account Services Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Fort Lauderdale 5K Brought to You by Ultimate Software will take place on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at Huizenga Plaza in Fort Lauderdale. More than 3,000 walkers and runners are expected to attend the event. Since it was launched in 2011, the annual La Croix & Lennox National Account Services Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Fort Lauderdale 5K Brought to You by Ultimate Software has raised over $1.25 million.
Events sponsors include Signature Sponsor Ultimate Software; Title Sponsors La Croix Water and Lennox National Accounts; Road Guardian Sponsors Aetna, Broward Sheriff’s Foundation and Broward College; Corporate Champion Sponsors Madalon Law and GreespooonMarder, and Spotlight Sponsors OK Generators, Miami Heat and Bank of America.
Featuring the slogan “No move victims,” the walk encourages people to literally take steps to end drunk driving. For more information about the Eighth Annual MADD La Croix & Lennox National Account Services Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Fort Lauderdale 5K Brought to You by Ultimate Software, visit www.walklikemadd.org/fortlauderdale.
ABOUT MADD 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 $1,250,000 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.orgor by calling 1-877-ASK-MADD.