It feels great to be part of such an important event, making a difference in the lives of drunk driving crash victims and their families
Newport Beach, CA (Vocus) May 24, 2010
The California personal injury attorneys of BISNAR | CHASE (BestAttorney.com) today announced it raised over $13,000 for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) at the 5K Walk Like MADD event in Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 8. Team BISNAR | CHASE was the top fundraising team at the event, generating the most money of all the participating walk teams. The firm said it was also able to raise several hundred additional dollars with its popular "Dunk the Law Firm" Dunk Tank, face painting and balloon animal stations.
In addition to raising funds through the 5K walk team, BISNAR | CHASE was the Designated Driver Sponsor of the event, with members of the firm's staff on-hand, supplying water to participants and educating people about their legal rights as drunk driving crash victims. The Walk Like MADD event was designed to help MADD Orange County raise funds to support programs for both victims of drunk driving as well as programs to help prevent drunk driving and underage drinking in Orange County.
"It feels great to be part of such an important event, making a difference in the lives of drunk driving crash victims and their families," said John Bisnar, founder of BISNAR | CHASE. "I'm proud of our team and the money we raised for such a worthy cause. Giving back by providing financial support for drunk driving prevention programs is not only extremely rewarding, it's critical to the survival of MADD and its programs, especially in these tough economic times."
Bisnar says the Orange County Walk Like MADD fundraiser is the largest in the nation, with more than 1,500 walkers who participated in Saturday's event. The fundraiser generates money to help MADD save lives through education, awareness, and the passage and enforcement of anti-drunk driving and underage drinking laws. Just as importantly, it helps MADD provide crucial support for the survivors, family members and friends coping with the devastation caused by a drunk driving crash.
What's more, since many hit-and-run drivers in California flee the scene of a crash because they've been drinking and driving, BISNAR | CHASE shared Saturday's event space with the Hit-and-Run Reward Program (HitandRunReward.com), an anonymous reporting system and cash rewards program for witnesses who care enough to report hit-and-run offenders.
In 2008, an estimated 11,773 people died in alcohol-impaired car accidents. What's more, three in every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related traffic collision in their lives, and in the U.S. alone, crashes related to alcohol cost approximately $51 billion every year. Bisnar says it's statistics like these that motivated his firm to get actively involved with Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Walk Like MADD.
"Plans are already underway for next year's event," said Bisnar. "Our goal is to top this year's fundraising total by working with local law enforcement agencies, politicians and high profile members of our community to generate awareness, and ultimately, additional funding for MADD and its programs."
About BISNAR | CHASE
BISNAR | CHASE is a California personal injury law firm that represents people who have been very seriously injured or lost a family member due to an accident, defective product or negligence. The law firm has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for its over 6,000 clients since 1978 by winning a wide variety of challenging personal injury cases involving traffic collisions, work place injuries and defective products, including defective automobiles, against some of the world's largest companies and governmental agencies. Get a complimentary copy of John Bisnar's book, "The Seven Fatal Mistakes That Can Wreck Your California Personal Injury Claim,"
MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) is a non-profit organization founded in 1980 by Candace Lightner in Sacramento, California after her daughter was killed by a drunk driver. The driver who struck and killed her daughter had two previous convictions for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and was out on bail for a drunk driving hit-and-run only two days prior. Today, MADD has over 600 local chapters across the United States and is the largest crime victims' assistance program in the world with more than three million members and supporters. Since MADD's inception drunk driving related deaths have declined by 43 percent. MADD's commitment is to eliminate drunk driving through public awareness, victim assistance, youth programs, and public policy. MADD's mission statement "to stop drunk driving, support victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking," is indicative of their new additional focus on reaching out to the nations' youth.
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