Archive for September, 2010

The NFL and NFL Players Association will partner with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) on programs and activities to prevent drunk driving. 

Saints' linebacker Scott Shanle

Now some may say why would Nebraska care?   There are 42 reasons to care.  A total of 42 former Nebraska players are on National Football League rosters as of May 18, 2010. 

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

This partnership began in the spring but it is really coming together  now that football is in full swing. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and MADD CEO Kimberly Earle made the announcement in Dallas.  

Is is exciting to see MADD and the NFL partner to work together on awareness programs that promote our MADD  “Campaign to Eliminate Dunk Driving.” 

Some of the initiatives that are going to be on the front burner are: 

  • MADD will serve in an advisory role to NFL in its initiatives to promote responsible behavior and prevent drunk driving.
  • MADD and NFL will pilot a game day program this season at the stadiums in Buffalo and Oakland.  Here at MADD, we know that the most import position at the NFL is the Designated Driver!
  • The NFL and NFL Players Association also will help promote MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving – that is a message we can all agree on.

Here in Nebraska we are Husker Fans first! Thus, we want to support our former Husker players that are now in the NFL and encourage them to support MADD. Together we can ask fans to make a responsible choice regarding alcohol consumption and ensure everyone understands the danger for fans & players when they choose to drive over the legal limit.


Wow, MADD is brimming with joy for Amy Wieczorek as she was named “The Face of Omaha 2010”   What an honor for Amy and we, here at MADD, are glad we can share the joy with her.

 Take a minute to visit her website: I think you will find it is tasteful and exciting.  What a great way to get our young adults involved in the community and MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving. Join MADD on Thursday the 30th of September, Holiday Inn, 3321 South 72nd Street, Omaha, NE  68124, at 7:00 to enjoy the fashions and support our mission.

 The support last year, from our corporate sponsors, enabled us to reach out to more than 500 families impacted by drunk driving. Doing what we do so well “Helping Survivors Survive”.  As you know MADD relies on donor dollars, at any level, to sustain our life saving work and supporting those impacted by impaired driving.

Also, donor support has enabled MADD to blog about many topics including corporate partners and individual partners that support our mission: to stop drunk driving, support victims and prevent underage drinking. I am proud to say we have had more than 17,000 hits. A special thanks to our Blog Sponsor: Herb Friedman of Friedman Law Offices.

 It is only through sound working relationships with business owners, individual donors and committed volunteers that MADD Nebraska can carry on.  To that end a sincere thank you for your support.

This year, every sponsor/donor for the fashion show will be recognized at the MADD Annual “Tie One On For Safety” at the Governor’s Residence on December 8th at 9:30 a.m. 

 Your support means the world to us and we look forward to recognizing all you do to help MADD stay strong and push our mission forward.

Saving Lives – Serving People: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. 

There will be five of us traveling from Nebraska to Washington, D.C. to attend the MADD National Conference and celebrate 30 years of saving lives. 

First Lady Sally Ganem will be going with us to” The Hill” and she will be one of three to present at a workshop: Creating Community Partnerships

The trip will be an opportunity for us to meet those on “The Hill” and thank them for their support to help eliminate impaired driving from our roadways, maintain support to address underage drinking prevention efforts, and support those impacted by this violent crime daily.

Many thanks to our elected officials for taking time to visit with us on our trip.  We have plans to visit with Senator Nelson, Senator Johanns, Congressman Terry, Fortenberry and Smith. I am sure having the First Lady of Nebraska traveling with us doesn’t hurt at all when setting up appointments! 

Thanks to Sally Ganem for her volunteer work as a MADD National Board Member and for her leadership here in Nebraska on our MADD State Operations Council.

I am really looking forward to meeting our new CEO, Kimberly Earle.  She has been nothing short of positive in her messages and direction. 

Also featured at the conference:

  • Over 50 concurrent workshops to choose from
  • National Victim/Survivor Tribute
  • MADD on the Hill
  • Dinner and National President’s Awards

To all of our members, partners and stakeholders across the state, I want to thank you for making MADD your partner. We look forward to spreading the news, when we get back, about what we learned at conference. 

Memorial Stadium, Lincoln NE

The first Husker game is days away, the last long weekend of the summer is about to commence, and friends and families are getting together. Everything really is buzzing!

As you prepare for your get together, whether you partake in the game at home or at the stadium make sure you have a solid game plan to get home safe. Designate a non-drinking driver and never provide alcohol to anyone under 21.

This weekend law enforcement across the state will be making sure every motorists can arrive to their destination safely.  MADD is participating in a variety of checkpoints in four different counties alone.  There are over 50 law enforcement agencies with extra funding this weekend to make sure drunk drivers are apprehended. 

This really is an exciting time of year for all the Nebraska Husker Fans and MADD is proud to work alongside law enforcement to support our community safety.  Enjoy the long weekend whatever you plan is and remember your seatbelt is your best DEFENSE against a drunk driver.