September 26, 2010

30th Anniversary President's Awards Dinner

Last night, we concluded our 30th anniversary conference with the annual President's Awards dinner. It was a great night that celebrated our past, honored our founder, Candace Lightner--who we were thrilled to have with us--and recognized outstanding volunteers, staff and partners with President's awards. The winners have served victims, raised funds, served as outstanding prosecutors and judges, been outstanding employees and arrested hundreds of drunk drivers in their role as law enforcement officers.

Prior to the dinner, we unveiled HOPE SOARS, a beautiful, permanent art installation that celebrates and remembers the lives of those injured or killed in drunk driving crashes. This work, created by West Texas artist Pam Davis, reminds us of the fragility of life while illustrating the power and strength of our collective spirit. Each canvas was prepared with acrylic paint and paper butterflies were individually attached at intervals to give the illusion of a flutter. Images of victims/survivors on each butterfly were chosen at random from photos submitted by attendees at the Conference.

This conference has been outstanding and has renewed our fight to eliminate drunk driving, serve more victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking. We need you to join us! Contact our offices to see how you can be a part of this exciting organization.

1 comment:

Michael said...

Modern Technology says that we should not have to deal with this. Instead of focusing on punishing repeat drunk driving offenses, we should be trying to prevent the driving. We have the means to prevent vehicles from starting while persons are intoxicated. If you are truly concerned about the safety of people on the road. Prevent the car from starting. It's obvious you can't get an intoxicated person to make a rational choice. If the law says I must wear a seat belt, why can't another law say all vehicles must have some sort of alcohol monitoring system in it? Please don't put a $$ amount on human lives, nothing is to expensive.