Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host the sixth annual Tampa Walk Like MADD 5K fundraising walk on the USF campus March 22.
Sponsored by Bright House Networks, festivities begin at 5 p.m. and run until 8:30 p.m. The walk starts at 6:30 p.m. and will raise funds and rally support for MADD's educational programs and victim services in Hillsborough County.
All proceeds raised from the Tampa Walk Like MADD remain in Hillsborough County to further MADD's lifesaving mission by supporting and educating local families and youth right here.
"We encourage families, and groups of friends and co-workers to lace up their sneakers and join us for this year's walk," said Amber Saltzman, Walk Like MADD coordinator. "With everyone's help, we can and will eliminate drunk driving, a 100 percent preventable crime."
Hillsborough was the deadliest county in Florida in drunk-driving crashes in 2011. Sixty-seven people died in Hillsborough County that year, according to the FHSMV. That's more than one person each week. These were all
preventable and MADD is inviting Hillsborough County to come together to support prevention through education and awareness of MADD's mission.
The Walk Like MADD is taking place for the sixth year in a row and is expected to raise $65,000 to help further MADD's mission to eliminate drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking.
Registration is $15 for those ages 5-21 and $20 for those who are 21 and over. Registration includes a T-shirt and participation in the food, fun and festivities.
Registered participants can expect food from local restaurants like Anthonys Coal Fired Pizza, Hooters, Red Robin, McDonald's, PDQ and more.
Corporations and other groups are encouraged to form teams of 10 or more and are asked to raise $100 each through donations.
There are three ways to participate in Walk Like MADD:
1) If you live locally, you can register to walk as an individual or form a team.
2) If you are unable to attend the event, you can sign up online to raise money as a Virtual Walker.
3) Or, you can give a one-time donation to the Walk Like MADD.
Visit www.walklikemadd.org/tampa to register, donate, volunteer or for more information.