Mothers Against Drunk Driving will get off to a running start this week with two fundraising events scheduled.
The first is a “give back” day Wednesday, Oct. 2. Chili’s in Sulphur Springs, 128 East Shannon Road, is willing to give 10 percent of that day sales from 10:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. to MADD when a flyer is presented mentioning the give back.
“Walk Like MADD” will be held Saturday, Oct. 5, starting in Buford Park in Kids Kingdom. This is a non-competitive, family-friendly 5K walk. Sponsored by Alliance Bank and Farmers Cooperative, Walk Like MADD starts with registration at 9 a.m., with opening ceremonies beginning at 10 a.m. and the walk scheduled to start about 10:30 a.m. Individuals or teams can participate by registering online at www.walklikemadd.org and searching for Sulphur Springs or 75482 for location or they can simply show up Saturday morning at registration and pay the suggested $20 fee.
The 5K walk is the primary fundraising event for MADD. The goal for Hopkins County MADD has been set at $10,000. As of Tuesday, $8,336.43 had been pledged so far, including team registration fees, fundraising and donations, according to www.walklikemadd.org.
Currently, the Hopkins County Walk Like MADD has 10 teams registered, with the Laugh Dream Loveteam leading the charge with $1,665.63 raised thus far, over the $1,500 team goal. The 35-member team lead by Sirena Speed is walking in memory of Nathan Spataro, who died June 19, 2009, after being struck by a vehicle while walking on Industrial Drive.
“Nathan loved music and demonstrated this love through playing the guitar, writing songs and singing karaoke. He loved life and loved spending time with his family. He is missed by them every day. Join MADD to take a stand for victims like Nathan,” the Laugh Dream Love team page stated.
The Walk By Faith team, captained by Nykiah Shaw, is in second with $250 of the three-member team’s $500 goal reached. This group includes Carla J. Holmes, who survived a wreck March 27, 2010, according their team page on www.walklikemadd.org.
Following that is the Wives on Fire for MADD team, with Jennifer Hill as captain. The 11-member group has raised $220 of their $500 goal. Martinez MADDness team, which has raised $130 of the three-member team’s $250 goal; Kelli Hale is the captain. Yantis ISD was noted to have entered as an academic team. The six-member team, lead by Melinda Pace Goal, had raised $110 of the $500 goal.
Anyone wanting to make a donation to a specific team or individual or in general, can do so at www.walklikemadd.org.
All proceeds from the “give back” day and Walk Like MADD in Sulphur Springs will go to the local MADD chapter for programs in the community. Some of the funds from the walk have been earmarked for local law enforcement for equipment, including portable breathalyzers.
For more information about MADD and Walk Like MADD, go online to www.walklikemadd.org or call 903-534-6000.
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