Event Raises Money and Awareness To Eliminate Drunk And Impaired Driving
Anyone looking to support a cause next weekend will want be sure to put Northeast Texas Walk Like MADD, sponsored by Jay Hodge Chevrolet on the calendar.
The walk is the signature fundraiser for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and its purpose is to raise both money and awareness to eliminate drunk and impaired driving. Similar walks will be taking place in cities across the country on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, as participants work toward a future of “No More Victims.”
Registration is still open online at www.walklikemadd.org/northeasttexas. Onsite registration will run from 8 to 8:45 a.m. next Saturday, and the walk will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on the Shannon Oaks Church grounds, located at 1113 East Shannon Road in Sulphur Springs. Multiple teams are already signed up to participate and enjoy music, activities, the vendor fair and food from concessions vendors.
“This is a fun event for a serious cause,” said local walk coordinator Becky Hicks. “Tropical Sno will be there selling snow cones, and our DJ will entertain us with fun music. The Kids Zone will be open with a photo area and fall games providing fun, educational activities for kids from 8 a.m. until the walk begins, then reopen after the walk ends until 1 p.m. We’ll also have Heroes, Cops, and Kids — a Dallas-based group of officers that dress up as superheroes — there to entertain the kids and pose for photos. Petie Pop will be there making balloons for kids of all ages.”
Vendors will be onsite from Becca’s Bangles, Cheryl’s Creative Corner, Farmasi, Paradise Products, Pink Zebra, and Sugarhill Sass Boutique. Amanda’s Taqueria, Bean’s Bake Shop, Tropical Sno, and Troy’s Ice Cream will also be there, Hicks noted.
Hopkins County Sheriff’s department will be cooking hot dogs, and Sulphur Springs Fire Department, Hopkins County EMS, Texas Department of Transportation and Texas Department of State Health Services will be on site, and possibly even Air One.
“Volunteers have been working hard and getting donations for police appreciation efforts, as well as getting walkers and vendors to sign up for the walk,” Hicks stated. “A big thank you to our sponsors! We truly appreciate each and every one of you!”