Guest Speaker, ANTSO Miss Nebraska, Amy Wieczorek

Posted: August 23, 2010 in Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving
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“Drinking is an emotional thing. It joggles you out of everyday life, out of everything being the same. It yanks you out of your body and your mind and throws you against the wall. I have the feeling that drinking is a form of suicide where you’re allowed to return to life and begin all over the next day.”   
 — Charles Bukowski

            For many individuals, drinking is an emotional thing but unlike the quote above, it is disturbing because over the next year in the United States the lives of 11, 773 individuals and their families will never return to normal. In the past week alone, the Midwest has suffered greatly due to the irresponsibility of drunk drivers. Within 48 hours, five individuals and their families were shattered when two drunk drivers swerved into oncoming traffic. For the five men who were sons, husbands, fathers, grandfathers, and brothers – they will never have a chance to “begin all over the next day.” For the families members left in desolation, MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) can help put the pieces back together by offering support and services to the victims at no charge. However not everyone dies when they are hit by a drunk driver, MADD estimates that every minute, one person is injured by a drunk driver.
            As the Miss Nebraska ANTSO titleholder, drinking and driving prevention and awareness is my platform. After losing my best friend, Morgan Hohnbaum, and her boyfriend, Josh Milana, to a drunk driver three years ago, I can still remember initial sadness and hurt that overwhelmed me.  Since their deaths, I have been determined to make a difference. Sadly, Omaha has experienced more drunk driving fatalities than homicides. At ANTSO Nationals in July, I was the first Nebraska titleholder to place in the Top 10 based on my platform, and brought national attention to the issues in Omaha and how drinking and driving can impact an individual, a school, a business, and a community. I am proud to announce the 2nd Annual Fashion Victim Show 2010 sponsored by MADD Nebraska and UNO Midnight Mojo on Thursday, September 30 at 7pm in the Holiday Inn Midtown Ballroom in Omaha, NE. Fashion Victim is
an injury prevention program showcasing a diverse panel of speakers combined with a fashion show as a fundraiser for MADD Nebraska. This event is designed to provide Omaha’s youth with a fun and educational alternative to drinking. All donations go to MADD and are spent locally on prevention efforts.
            By sponsoring Fashion Victim Show, you can help reach our mission of eliminating drunk driving,  ensure that MADD can continue to offer free services, and support our community victims and survivors of drunk

driving. October also happens to be MADD’s Alcohol Awareness Month and Fashion Victim Show 2010 serves as a outstanding Kickoff Event. Last year alone, Fashion Victim impacted 350 guests and raised nearly $8,000, all of which was donated in memory of Morgan and Josh to MADD Nebraska to be used locally.
        Please help save lives and eliminate drunk driving! Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to working with you.   Visit:     http://www.fashionvictimshow.com/

                                                                                    Sincerely,

                                                                                    Amy Wieczorek
                                                                                    Miss Nebraska ANTSO National Miss 2010

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