Clermont police hosting Lake’s first Walk Like MADD fundraiser

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is bringing its signature fundraising event to Lake County for the first time.

The Clermont Police Department and MADD Central Florida will host the Walk Like MADD 5K event Sept. 15 at Waterfront Park, 100 3rd St., Clermont, a news release states.

Participants may register at walklikemadd.org. Check-in for walkers will be at 7am, followed by an opening ceremony at 8am and the walk at 8:30am. Vendor spots are still available. For information on how to help, contact Officer Deborah Reasoner of the traffic unit at dreasoner@clermontfl.org.

“We are excited to bring MADD to Lake County,” Officer Reasoner says in the release. “I know we have victims and families that could benefit from their aid and services.”

MADD is a nonprofit organization dedicated to aiding the victims of crimes that involve people driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Its mission also includes increasing public awareness of the problem.

Walk Like MADD helps raise both awareness and funds to eliminate drunk driving. Last year, tens of thousands of people in more than 90 cities across the nation participated, and together raised more than $3 million to provide programs and services at no cost, the release states. With every step taken and each dollar raised, walkers are supporting MADD’s lifesaving mission to keep families and communities safe.

“The Clermont Police Department encourages everyone to come out and show their support for such a worthy cause,” police Chief Charles Broadway says in the release. “We are very enthusiastic about our new partnership with MADD, and fully support their efforts in reducing impaired-driving-related fatalities.”

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