|Southington officials, MADD, CT and STEPS|
supporters turn our in huge numbers,
The walk this year was dedicated to the memory of Maxine Riedinger, honoring the five-year anniversary of her death. Maxine was killed by a drunk driver at the age of 63 on February 17, 2007
The STEPS group of Southington was out in strength along with town officials such as Town Councilors John Robbins and Cheryl Lounsbury,as well as Town Manager, Garry Brumback along with friends and members of the family of Maxine Riedinger including her husband who survived the same head-on collision though he sustained serious bodily injuries and their daughter Corryne Hamilton of Cheshire.
This year’s Southington coordinator and chairman of the walk, Rick Gentile, conducted the ceremony which included family members who expressed some emotional memories of those they have lost. Their presence at the event served as a continued reminder for the need of the work of MADD which raised over $10,000 “and still counting” at this year’s walk, according to Gentile.
Funds raised are entirely used to support the many initiatives of MADD including the campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving which calls for Ignition Interlock Devices for every drunk driver, sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols and community education.. MADD also provides services to victims of alcohol-related crashes throughout Connecticut at no cost. More information available and opportunities for donations to MADD are available at www.walklikemadd.org