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Trooper Downing and First Lady Sally Ganem

Wow what a week last week was for our MADD State Office!  On Tuesday we held our 12th annual “Outstanding Law Enforcement Awards & Recognition” in LaVista and Iowa law enforcement joined our event too.  It was a pleasure to see more than 25 awards handed out to deserving individuals that work tirelessly to ensure that we have safe roads to travel home on each and every day.
MADD appreciates the  financial support from Bob Batt to make this event a reality and we really appreciate the support of the family members of the winners as they pay a price that we, the public, will never understand but we do appreciate.  There was much fun to be had on Tuesday and the Candy Bar was a hit again. Thanks to our signature sponsor No Frills.
Next, there was the signing of LB 667 into law by the Governor.  A comprehensive piece of legislation brought to the state senators by the Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning, manged by the Speaker of the Legislature, Mike Flood and prioritized by Senator Wallman.  Additionally, there was considerable victim input by several families and MADD was pleased to see more ignition interlock put into use, boating under suspension, and a separate offense for transporting a child while intoxicated. The bill went through all three rounds of debate without a single NO vote.  That is a testament to the legislature’s support to stop drunk driving and support victims/survivors impacted by this violent crime.
Last, we all kicked off the 100 days of summer with Memorial Day weekend.  A time for reflection, family and gratitude for those that serve our country to ensure we all have our freedom to live life to the fullest.
Several different agencies were conducting DUI enforcement and  seat belt enforcement. Naturally, there was some of concern around the Nebraska State Parks as this is the first year it has been legal to consume alcohol in our state parks for some while.  However, at first glance it seems all went well despite the fact it has put some additional burden on our law enforcement agencies.
That about wraps it up – busy week!  Thanks to our supporters, our victim families and the community for supporting our mission.

PowerTalk 21™ day is the first annual day for parents and teens to start the conversation about alcohol. Governor Dave Heineman will be officially declaring April 21st PowerTalk 21day in Nebraska.

Governor Heineman and his wife, First Lady Sally Ganem, have made the health and safety of young Nebraskans a priority. Ganem, a MADD National Board Member, has worked throughout the state on initiatives that aim to reduce underage drinking. “The youth of Nebraska are one of our greatest resources, and it is our job as parents to keep them safe,” said Ganem. “I encourage parents to use PowerTalk 21 Day to have a conversation with their kids about alcohol.”

PowerTalk 21 day is intentionally positioned in advance of prom, graduation and other events around which teens may encounter alcohol, providing families with an opportunity to have an important conversation at what may be a critical time.

MADD, along with presenting sponsor Nationwide Insurance, trusts that April 21 will become widely known as the national day to talk about teens and alcohol. To that end, parents across the U.S. will be participating in Power of Parents, It’s Your Influence workshops and events held at community gatherings, schools, churches, partner organizations and various other groups leading up to and around April 21. 

 For more details on these workshops or for more information on how to schedule one in your community, please contact MADD Nebraska at (402)434-5330.

This year MADD kicked-off our annual “Tie One On for Safety” campaign.  This is a time where we ask the public to make a pledge to drive safe, sober and buckled up! 

MADD Nebraska would like to thank the Governor and First Lady Sally Ganem for hosting this event at the Governor’s Residence – we had a fantastic turn out with plenty of sun and a bit of chill in the air.  The chill was a wonderful reminder of the holiday’s around the bend and the importance of making sure each and every one of us make the best choice to get home safely – home to friends, family and our community.

A special thanks to all of our law enforcement partners that showed up to support our campaign.  Law enforcement will be out all month conducting special enforcement s to ensure that the motoring public is safe from impaired drivers. 

MADD would also like to thank Hy-Vee stores across the state of Nebraska as our Signature Sponsor – get you MADD ribbon at your local Hy-Vee and take time to let the store manager you appreciate their support.  Also, we want to thank all of our supporters that have donated throughout the year and enable MADD Nebraska to provide services to victim/survivors, local communities, parents and our youth.

All of us here at MADD are grateful for the support we receive and please know if you need anything MADD is always here for you and yours.  You can contact us here at MADD 24/7 at 800-444-6233.

“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:


                                                                                    Amy Wieczorek
                                                                                    Miss Nebraska ANTSO National Miss 2010

MADD Nebraska would like to take this opportunity to let you know that MADD is holding our 23rd annual “Tie One On For Safety” kick-off and  Governor Dave Heineman and First Lady Sally Ganem will be hosting an open house after the press conference, Tuesday, December 22nd at 9:30. 

It is such a treat to partner with First Lady Sally Ganem, MADD National Board member, and Governor Heineman as we all work to encourage the public to be mindful of the holiday season.  Next week we want to remind everyone to drive safe, sober and always wear your seatbelt throughout the holiday season and the entire year – 2010! 

A few tips for the season: 

Always Designate a Sober Driver 

Never serve alcohol to anyone under 21  

Allow plenty of time between trips as you travel  

Your seatbelt is your best defense against drunk driving 

Make a pledge to drive safe, sober and buckled up in 2010 – for your family! 



Tis the season.......Happy Holidays from MADD.