• Since 2008, the Dream Giveaway® brand has been licensed by a variety of 501(c)(3) charitable organizations for the purpose of conducting sponsored fundraising promotions. Since that time donations received from millions of individual donors to these sponsored Dream Giveaway promotions have delivered millions of dollars in unrestricted funds to the individual sponsor charities and a...

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  • Louis Bianco, a drunk driving victim whom I met at PowerTalk 21 conference in Los Angeles Saturday, April 21 will be in my heart forever. Despite his severe injuries from an underage drunk driving crash, Louis spoke at the conference with an impeccable smile and optimism while telling his story about the day an underage...

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  • Patty’s Legacy Celebrations of life like anniversaries, birthdays, and holidays haven’t been commemorated with joy in my family for over 30 years. Some people call it our “new normal” but there is nothing normal about it. On March 29th the 40th birthday of my daughter Patty was celebrated; there was no cake, no presents, and...

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  • Lisa Foster was an elementary school teacher. She loved playing softball, teaching, the Orioles and Cal Ripken. Lis was the fun one and so full of life. She had accomplished so much in her short 23 years.  You always knew the things Lisa was passionate for as she was someone who would go big for the...

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  • The specific mission of the national Crime Victims’ Rights Week this year is to Expand the Circle, and reach all victims. A victim of drunk driving is someone whose life is cut short because of it: someone who is killed by a drunk or drugged driver someone who is left to mourn that loss someone...

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  • Power of Parents: Being All-Star Parents for Your MVP’s Spring is in the air and sports in full swing.  Whether your child plays sports or not, we know that every parent wants their kid to hit one out of the park when it comes to making good choices.  That’s why for April is Alcohol Awareness...

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  • Twin siblings have an inexplicable bond that is special in many ways. From sharing birth to life milestones their unique relationship forms as they grow up. For Ryan and Brandon Lucero, identical 16-month-old twins, this bond was cut short when a drugged driver decided to get behind the wheel and kill Brandon in a crash...

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  • In the spring of 1983, my sister Josie, and I both watched the original MADD movie, which told the story of Candy Lightner. I remember saying, “If we ever volunteer for an organization, let’s make it MADD and do it together.” Six months later, on October 29, 1983, my sister Josie DiStefano Palomino was killed...

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  • In our nearly 4 decades, Mothers Against Drunk Driving has stood for numerous laws aimed at fighting to end drunk driving. Because of those laws, the number of drunk driving deaths has been cut in half since 1980. But while there have been great strides in ending drunk driving, it remains the leading killer on...

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  • At Velodyne LiDAR, we imagine this: A future of pristine roadways and safely driven cars, in which no lives are ever lost or families shattered, due to the threat posed by human error, especially that of drunk driving. Today, Velodyne LiDAR and MADD have taken the critical step of partnering together to fight the threat...

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  • Our partners in law enforcement are among the hardest workers in the mission to end drunk driving. Therefore, we feel strongly that they deserve as much appreciation and recognition as we can give. That’s why we are so proud to debut a unique and special MADD Challenge Coin for law enforcement officer. What is a...

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  • Statement: MADD is alarmed and outraged that someone entrusted with driving children was allegedly drunk when he crashed a school bus. Thankfully, no students were on the bus at the time of the crash and no one was injured. However, that is not always the case when someone chooses to recklessly put lives at risk...

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  • By Colleen Sheehey-Church National President Mothers Against Drunk Driving® Not everyone dies in a drunk driving crash. Tabitha Clark of Missouri is someone who didn’t die. However, she was severely injured and is now confined to a wheel chair, unable to walk or talk. I was with Tabitha while at Missouri’s State Capitol in Jefferson...

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  • My career with Tucson Electric Power Company (TEP) began in September 1991.  In March 1993, fellow employee Robert “Bubba” Bills was struck and killed while on the job by a drunk driver. Not long after, TEP launched its aggressive “Drunk Driving Will Put Your Lights Out” campaign, and, with TEP and its employees taking an...

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  • Remember 13 years of age? Everything seems possible, spread before you like a buffet, simply waiting for you to start making those “adult” decisions that will alter the rest of your life.  That’s the precipice Christopher Croley perched — not still a child, not yet a man — the day before his 14th birthday. He...

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  • Drunk driving — and all traffic fatalities — have increased for two consecutive years. Drunk driving claims 10,000 lives every year and continues to account for nearly one-third of all traffic deaths. Despite nearly four decades of action by Mothers Against Drunk Driving®  the number is moving in the wrong direction. And MADD isn’t the...

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  • Drunk driving — and all traffic fatalities — have increased for two consecutive years. Drunk driving claims 10,000 lives every year and continues to account for nearly one-third of all traffic deaths. Despite nearly four decades of action by Mothers Against Drunk Driving®  the number is moving in the wrong direction. And MADD isn’t the...

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  • The lives saved by ignition interlocks have been undisputedly piling up since Arizona became the first state to adopt such a law in 2007. Today, 30 states and the District of Columbia have such protections in place. In-car breathalyzers, as they are also known, have saved literally millions of lives. Yet, safety organizations and non-profit...

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  • Identifying Vendor to Design the Online Learning Platform for the Youth Development Community of Practice: OS #2018-59
    Issue Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018
    Closing Date: Friday February 9, 2018 4:00 PM

    The Collaboration Council seeks letters of interest/proposals from companies, nonprofit organizations and/or qualified individuals to plan, design, and develop the online learning platform for youth development practitioners in Montgomery County. This solicitation seeks to identify qualified organizations/companies to design an online learning platform to meet the above purpose for the Youth Development Community of Practice. For complete details and were to send your Letter of Interest click on the title link above.

  • Statement: This incredibly frightening image shows the devastation caused by drunk and drugged driving. Fortunately, no one was killed by this crash, but that is not always the case – 28 times a day someone is lost to the 100 percent preventable crime. The Case: A driver who admitted to using narcotics crashed his car into...

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  • Statement: Driving drunk with a child passenger in a vehicle is a form of child abuse. Every child deserves a designated driver The Case: Two people were arrested in an alleged drunk driving crash after a minivan with eight children inside collided into a wall on I-43 early Wednesday morning in Milwaukee.  Click the video...

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  • As part of our recognition of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, we broadcast Jan. 9th with a drunk driving victim from Virginia who shared her account of how law enforcement impacted her crash and recovery. Watch her video be low. Then, leave a short note of appreciation or gratitude with a law enforcement officer who...

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  • By Colleen Sheehey-Church National President Mothers Against Drunk Driving Each day, we share the road with more than 300,000 impaired drivers in the United States for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs with only 4,000 arrests made each day. Each of those arrests is made by a law enforcement officer … and each...

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  • It started with one walk. And another. And another. In 2008, the signature fundraising event for Mothers Against Drunk Driving® launched with roughly 30 walks taking place that year. Yesterday Immediately, we recognized that we had found a significant and important way to connect with victims and survivors. Just as importantly, it was an event...

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  • By Colleen Sheehey-Church National President MADD I closed out 2017 by ringing the New York Stock Exchange bell, a tremendous honor and one I where I was proud to represent Mothers Against Drunk Driving®. It felt like the entire stock exchange was turned red to recognize MADD and the victims and survivors we support. Watch...

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  • Holiday party season is here, and it’s decked out in mistletoe, jingle bells and flashing lights! As a Mothers Against Drunk Driving® supporter, you understand the importance of keeping the holly and the jolly in this season by planning to be a designated rider if your activity includes alcohol. Will you encourage your friends and...

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  • By Theresa Martinez MADD victim, advocate and volunteer   I don’t forgive the driver who killed my beautiful, talented and loving 23-year-old daughter. Maybe I should — some do — but I cannot. In 15 years, he will go before the parole board – and, you better believe that I plan to be there. The...

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  •   So far this month, donors have really stepped up to fight against drunk and drugged driving. Thanks to a match by Nationwide®, the gifts are doing TWICE the good. That means spreading TWICE the hope, healing and help. Thank you so very much for your generous donation to Mothers Against Drunk Driving®. I cannot...

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  •   By Theresa Martinez Ashley’s mother MADD drunk driving victim, advocate and volunteer Some days you never, ever forget. For me, one of those days is the one when my Ashley was born…all five pounds of her… three weeks early … and practically on my bathroom floor. But it’s another day that has caused me...

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  •   By Theresa Martinez Ashley’s mother MADD drunk driving victim, advocate and volunteer Some days you never, ever forget. For me, one of those days is the one when my Ashley was born…all five pounds of her… three weeks early … and practically on my bathroom floor. But it’s another day that has caused me...

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  • This is a very difficult blog to write. There are simply no words that are fitting when MADD loses a member of its family. In December, we experienced such a loss. As I had shared with many, my term officially ends Dec. 31st. Therefore, we had gone through the difficult but vital task of selecting...

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  • RE-ISSUE OPEN SOLICITATION #2016-52: Identifying Trainers/Facilitators for the Youth Development Community of Practice
    Re-Issue Date: Monday December 4, 2017
    Closing Date: Wednesday December 20, 2017 4:00 PM

    Youth Development Community of Practice
    The Community of Practice (CoP) of the Collaboration Council coordinates the training and education/academic programs for youth development practitioners working in youth-serving fields such as workforce development, mentoring, recreation, and juvenile justice, with a focus on disconnected youth ages 16-24.

    The Collaboration Council seeks letters of interest/proposals from organizations and qualified individuals to conduct workshops identified from meetings and surveys of youth development practitioners in Montgomery County. This solicitation seeks to identify qualified trainers to deliver workshops with content that build/strengthen the core competencies of youth development practitioners and deepen the learning experience with facilitation guided by adult learning principles. A few solicited topics for reissue include:
    Motivational Interviewing, Creating Gender Specific Programming for Girls of Color, Adolescents and Social Media in Youth Programs, and more. Click on Title Link for complete details and how to submit your Letter of Interest.

  • The 2017 Walk Like MADD season was one of our best years yet. We saw new walks form and more volunteers get involved to raise awareness and mission critical funds. Walk events across the country were filled with moments of remembrance and inspiration as they walked together to turn their pain into purpose. We are...

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  • Together, we raised $29,000 for Giving Tuesday, activating a MATCH from a lead donor and hitting nearly $90,000 total for November! That means you gave more than a cash or check donation. You provided supportive services to victims and survivors of drunk and drugged driving at no charge. You pushed legislators to pass ignition interlock...

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  • Seven boys and one girl. Nearly 15 grandchildren. Virginia David, a member of the Navajo tribe, made family her life. “The more kids you have, the more blessed you are in our culture,” said her sister, Priscilla Gibbs, who grew up with Virginia and their siblings on a Navajo Reservation. “So, she was very blessed....

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  • Dear MADD Family, It is with a heavy heart that we share that a member of our MADD family has passed away. Nina Walker, incoming MADD National President for the 2018-2020 term, died on Sunday, December 03, 2017. To say that we are shocked and heartbroken would be an understatement. Nina joined MADD as a...

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  • Today, like every single day of the year, roughly 29 people will die from drunk driving in this country. Others will be injured. Some will become caregivers to survivors, while others still will simply be introduced to the loss and devastation that drunk and drugged driving inflicts when it kills or injuries a loved one.But...

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  • Seven boys and one girl. Nearly 15 grandchildren. Virginia David, a member of the Navajo tribe, made family her life. “The more kids you have, the more blessed you are in our culture,” said her sister, Priscilla Gibbs, who grew up with Virginia and their siblings on a Navajo Reservation. “So, she was very blessed....

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  • I and everyone involved in Mothers Against Drunk Driving® have so much to be grateful for this holiday season. This year, thanks to supporters like you, we’ve accomplished so much, including: Passing ignition interlock laws for all offenders in Nevada and Oklahoma Proving a free victim service to victims every three minutes Honored more than...

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  • The turkey is brining. The bread is baking. And, across the country, families are gathering to celebrate a time of gratitude and togetherness. But the next few hours may spread more devastation than you realize. It’s Blackout Wednesday, a day known for an increase in alcohol sales and a spike in people heading out to...

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  •   The holidays are a time of family. Recently, most of us gathered around a table laden with turkey and other delicious treats. Next, family and friends will begin to scurry around to find THE perfect gift for a loved one, searching either the Internet or the mall. Sadly, tragically, this also is a time...

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  • Peer Connector Outreach Pilot: Open Solicitation #2017-58
    Issue Date: November 20, 2017
    Closing Date: Monday, December 11, 2017, 4:00 p.m.
    On any given day in Montgomery County, thousands of disconnected youth (ages 16-24 who are neither in school or working) can be found in need of opportunity and reconnection to education or employment. In many cases, these youth aren’t easily identifiable and therefore aren’t steered toward reengagement activities that could improve their long-term outcomes. This solicitation seeks to identify and select a qualified community-based organization with strong ties to the East County community (Briggs Chaney, White Oak, and Burtonsville) and its surrounding neighborhoods. Qualified applicants will be organizations either willing to hire or currently having on staff at least two individuals who have lived experience having been disconnected in Montgomery County that can serve as “peer outreach connectors”. For complete details and how to submit you letter of interest click on title link.

  • Music can be a powerful ally in the fight against drunk driving Before he was the guitarist for country music artist Kaitlyn Baker, Thomas Estep dreamed of joining the Army. Growing up, that hope was closest to his heart. Due to health complications, however, his application to the Army was denied and he saw his...

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  • Statement: “MADD always expects drunk driving offenders to be held fully accountable. We hope alleged offenders like Busby will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law in the future. Consequences = the incentive to make the right choice.” The Case: In Tennessee this week, police arrested an alleged drunk driver for a...

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  • Statement: MADD supports the 21 minimum legal drinking age and opposes any attempts to change it. Countless studies have shown we would lose more people — many more each year on our roads as a result of lowering the drinking age from 21. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that more than 500 additional...

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