WALK LIKE MADD AUGUST 1, 2009 EVENT

On Saturday, August 1, 2009 the employees of Bachus and Schanker and partners, Darin Schanker and Kyle Bachus had the opportunity to participate in the Fourth Annual Walk Like Madd event at Sloans Lake Park in Denver, Colorado. A handful of participated with our dogs and loved ones in tow.

It was an early when I arrived at Sloans Lake on the morning of August 1, 2009. Now don’t get me wrong I showed up at 6:30 am, but there were several others there at 4:00 am setting up the site for the Fourth Annual Walk Like Madd event.

For those of you who don’t know, MADD stands for Mothers Against Drunk Driving. MADD is not a crusade against alcohol consumption, MADD’s mission is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime, and prevent underage drinking.

The B&S gang at Walk Like MADD 2009

The B&S gang at Walk Like MADD 2009

On average someone is killed by a drunk driver every 45 minutes. In 2008, an estimated 11,773 people died in a drunk driving related crash – a decline of 9.8 percent from the 13,041 drunk driving related fatalities of 2007. About three in every ten Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some time in their lives. Please visit the MADD website for more statistics. So every 45 minutes someone is killed by a drunk driver, so in the length of one movie two people will lose their lives as part of a drunk driving incident. I don’t know about you, but that statistic makes me sick to my stomach.

The Law Firm of Bachus and Schanker spiced things up at the office this year with a friendly competition. The firm was broken down into two teams. Darin’s Destroyers and Kyle’s Krushers. I had the privilege of being a part of Darin’s Destroyers, the team that won in our friendly wager here at the office. To many participating this year, it was more than a competition it was a chance to make a difference. In addition to our corporate sponsorship, the Bachus and Schanker team raised a total of $1,649. We made a bright attraction with our lime green shirts and most definitely made a statement that we were supporters of the MADD event.

Saturday, August 1, 2009 was a beautiful day to participate in the 5K walk. There were several booths there, Bachus and Schanker being one of them. There was a check point vehicle there to show people what happens at an alcohol check point and even a drunk driving simulator. There was food, coffee, music and all sorts of goodies at the main area of the event. One of the more exciting things, besides the number of people that showed up was a flight for life helicopter. I am 24 years old and have never seen the inside of a helicopter.

Courtney an Christina handing out water to thirsty walkers.

Courtney an Christina handing out water to thirsty walkers.

I had the privilege to volunteer at the water station this year. I was there with my co-worker Christina and her friend. We had around 200 bottles of water to pass out as walkers passed our check point. As people walked by I saw many families walking together with pictures of loved ones on their t-shirts. Pictures of loved ones that they most likely lost to a drunk driving accident. It was touching to see that although they had a tragic thing happen to them, they were walking to make a difference.

Family's Messages to Their Loved Ones

Family's Messages to Their Loved Ones

At the end of the walk I had the opportunity to speak to a couple of families that have been affected by a drunk driving accident. The courage and strength of these people made me sad that they had to experience such a horrible incident. The concept of drinking and driving leaves me speechless. I will never understand why someone would get behind the wheel after having too many drinks and take the chance of taking someone’s life. MADD is so much more than an organization trying to stop drinking and driving it is a foundation that is there for those who have been impacted by such a horrible thing and an organization that is trying to prevent more families from experiencing the loss of a loved one. MADD’s goal for Denver this year was to raise $155,000 and although they only raised $112,116 there is still time to donate. So please check out the MADD web site to make a donation and help us fight against drunk driving. For those of you who participated this year, thank you for raising money, for walking, being a virtual walker or being a person that has supported an individual who has been a victim of a drunk driving. We look forward to working with you next year.

– Charity Chick aka Courtney Clark