CCS-sponsored Fog Run helps local at-risk youth, victims of crimes

December 16, 2014 | 9:40 am


Each winter, hundreds of runners and community supporters make a trip to the outskirts of Bakersfield and run in the fog to support local victims of violent crimes, and to help at-risk youth turn their lives around.

It’s called the Fog Run, and for the last several years, the Bakersfield personal injury law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles has been a supporter and sponsor of the worthy community cause.

The  26th Fog Run 5K and 10K will be held Jan. 10 this year at Lake Ming, and is hosted by the Probation Auxiliary County of Kern, or PACK, and the Kern County Probation Department benefiting the Alliance Against Family Violence & Sexual Assault. Funds raised through the Fog Run provide crime victims with victim relocation, court accompaniment, resources, and referral assistance. The money also helps provide at-risk youth with tattoo removal, vocational training, parenting classes, mentoring, and anti-bullying presentations for second-grade classes in Kern County.

The Fog Run drew some 700 people last year, and this year organizers are aiming for more than 800.

“We’re always happy to assist with programs and events that help make our hometown of Kern County a better place for everyone, and the annual Fog Run is definitely something we can all stand behind,” said Matt Clark, senior partner at Chain | Cohn | Stiles and participant in the Fog Run.

The Probation Auxiliary County of Kern is a nonprofit corporation that assists youth in the local juvenile justice system and those at-risk of entering the system. It is endorsed by the Superior Court Judges of Kern County, the Kern County Probation Department and the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission.

“P.A.C.K.’s mission is to provide support and services with the probation department, enabling people to become responsible citizens,” according to the group.

The group provides materials and services not included in the tax-supported budget for juvenile services including educational, recreational, and personal necessities for juveniles.

The Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault is a nonprofit organization that is committed to stop domestic violence and sexual assault in Kern County. It also assists those who suffer from domestic violence and sexual assault reclaim their lives.

The Fog Run 5K starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10, with the 10K starting at 9:15 a.m. Registration takes place from 7 to 8:30 a.m.

Each participant gets a souvenir race shirt, with medals going to the top three finishers in each age group. Raffle prizes and resource booths will be featured, as well as food.

Pre-registration cost is $25 before Dec 31, and $30 after. Pre-race T-shirt, bib and packet pick-up, and in-person registration will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 8, at Rabobank Convention Center, and from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 9, at Sole 2 Soul in The Marketplace.

For more information, contact Inger Summers at 868-4103, Anita Ziegeler at 868-7428, or Angelica Garcia at 868-4149.

Celebrate the holidays without drinking and driving

December 9, 2014 | 9:28 am


The holidays, traveling and parties go hand in hand. But it’s important not to mix the three, unless you have a sober driver.

If you‘re celebrating with alcohol this holiday season, the Bakersfield personal injury law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles, along with Kern County law enforcement, reminds you to drive sober, or get pulled over.

Due to the increase locally in drunken driving-related crashes and fatalities, the Bakersfield Police Department will be out in full force from Dec. 12 to Jan. 5 actively searching for impaired drivers. The DUI task force also plans to place two DUI-driver‘s license checkpoints and eight local roving DUI Saturation Patrols, the department reported.

California Highway Patrol, too, will be out in full force. The Bakersfield-area CHP will deploy officers on enhanced enforcement on State Routes 43, 46, 58, 65, 99, 119, 155, 178, 184, 204 and 223, and jurisdictional unincorporated roadways in Kern County, the agency reported.

During the holiday season in 2012, 40 percent of the drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes had at least one prior DUI on their record, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. During that same holiday period, 37 percent of the 21 to 24-year old drivers in fatal crashes were impaired. Almost one out of six drivers under the age of 21 in those fatal crashes was also drunk, even though they were too young to legally buy or consume alcohol.

Besides causing injury and harm to others on the harm, the consequences of drinking and driving include jail time, fines, loss of your driver’s license, towing fees, and other DUI expenses totaling $10,000 on average, not to mention humiliation drivers face among your family, friends and workplace.

The best way to avoid drinking and driving is to remain sober. But if you will celebrate with a few drinks, here are a few things you can do to stay safe:

  • When you know you’ll be drinking, leave your keys at home or give them to someone else.
  • Designate a sober driver ahead of time, or call a friend or family member.
  • Use public transportation or call a taxi, Uber or Lyft.
  • And if you see a drunk driver on the road, call 9-1-1. You could save a life.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Kern County, also reminds motorists that the most dangerous days of the year on our nation’s roadways are between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. This season, MADD is asking drivers to Tie One On For Safety.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles is deeply involved with the Kern County chapter of MADD, sponsoring and organizing the second “Walk/Run Like MADD” 5K in Bakersfield on Sept. 19, 2015, at the Park at River Walk. The event is aimed to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving, and to raise funds for victims of DUI crashes. Learn more about the “Walk Like MADD” event by clicking here.

If you are involved in a car accident this holiday season due to the fault of a DUI-driver or another motorist, call the car accident lawyers at Chain | Cohn | Stiles at 661-323-4000. You can also visit our specialized Car Accident website by clicking here for more information.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles partners with Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce

November 18, 2014 | 9:08 am


In 1945, the Bakersfield personal injury law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles first became a member of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce.

After a short two-year break from membership, Chain | Cohn | Stiles is proud to be a partner once again with one of the top chambers of commerce in the nation after joining this year.

“Like the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, our law firm has been connected closely with the Bakersfield community since we were founded by Morris Chain in 1934,” said David K. Cohn, managing partner of CCS. “We’re proud to partner once again with longtime local group that, like us, is dedicated to making Bakersfield a better place.”

The 1,300-member Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce is ranked in the top 10 of California chambers and in the top 100 chambers nationwide, according to the chamber. The nonprofit chamber works together with businesses to build a strong local economy, provides business-education opportunities, promotes community and business interests with government, and provides dynamic programs.

“The Chamber’s strength lies in its membership,” the chamber states on its website. “Members have varied interests and concerns, and underlying all is the common desire to improve the local business environment and enhance the socio-economic and cultural well-being of our community.”

The renewed partnership comes at a time when the Chain | Cohn | Stiles is celebrating its 80-year anniversary. Eight years ago, Morris Chain set up his law practice in the Haberfelde Building in the heart of downtown Bakersfield. Since then, the law firm has provided legal assistance in the areas of personal injuries, car accidents, wrongful death and workers’ compensation*, among many other practices.

The CCS-GBCC partnership also comes at a time when the law firm is planning a move in 2015 to another building in the heart of historic downtown Bakersfield. Soon, Chain | Cohn | Stiles will occupy a 30,000-square foot building on the southwest corner of 18th Street and Chester Avenue, a site that has been occupied by local businesses since the late 1800s.

To view our listing on the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce’s directory, click here. For questions on the law firm and injury-related cases, call 661-323-4000 or visit the website Chainlaw.com.

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*NOTICE: Making a false or fraudulent Workers’ Compensation claim is a felony subject to up to 5 years in a prison or a fine of up to $150,000 or double the values of the fraud, whichever is greater, or by both imprisonment and fine.

Trick or Treat? No matter the choice, practice safety this Halloween

October 30, 2014 | 6:55 am


Trick or treat?!

No matter which one you and your family chooses this Halloween, make sure you take proper safety precautions. Bakersfield personal injury law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles and the Kern County Sheriff’s Office reminds children and adults to keep the Halloween tradition fun by remembering to be safe.

“There is no real trick to making Halloween a treat for the whole family, but following safety tips and using common sense can help you make the most of your Halloween season,” the Kern County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

The most common dangers on Halloween are falls and vehicle-pedestrian collisions and crashes. Another major concern is identifying candy that has been tampered with, which children are given.

Halloween is the deadliest day of the year for young pedestrians, with twice as many deaths as on a typical day, USA Today reported, according to State Farm. Most at risk are kids ages 12 to 18.

Drunken drivers, too, are another hazard for everyone walking the streets. The share of fatal crashes involving drunken drivers rises from the usual 30 percent to nearly 50 on Halloween, USA Today highlighted. About 20 percent of pedestrian deaths on Halloween involve a drunken driver.

Here are several tips provided by the Kern County Sheriff’s Office and Chain | Cohn | Stiles to help make Halloween safe and fun:

Parents

  • Know the route your children will be taking if you aren’t going with them.
  • Make sure you set a time for them to be home. Have your children eat a good dinner before going out.
  • Make sure your children are properly supervised while out.
  • Make sure they trick or treat in a group if you are not with them.
  • Children 12 years and younger should be accompanied by an adult.
  • Tell your children to never go into a stranger’s house.
  • Tell your children to stay out of the street while walking.
  • Choose a costume that is brightly colored and easy to see in the dark.
  • Carefully inspect all food and candy before letting your child eat it (when in doubt, throw it out).

 Trick or Treaters

  • Carry a flashlight.
  • Stay on sidewalks.
  • Cross the street at intersections, never run out from behind a parked car.
  • Stay in familiar neighborhoods.
  • Make sure your costume fits you well.
  • Only approach houses that are well lit.
  • Walk from house to house, don’t run.
  • Never take shortcuts, such as alleyways or empty fields.
  • Don’t eat anything until your parents have had a chance to inspect it.

Children should also know the basics, such as their phone number and address in case of an emergency, and how to react if a stranger tries to approach them. If your child is late returning home or you cannot locate your child, immediately call 9-1-1 and report it to local law enforcement.

Pets 

Calls to animal poison control centers go up at Halloween, according to USA Today. Chocolate contains a compound that can cause vomiting, diarrhea and even seizures and death in dogs. Raisins and the artificial sweeteners can also sicken dogs.

  • It’s best to keep all sorts of human treats stashed away.
  • Don’t feel the need to dress up pets in costumes. Pet costumes can cause stress in some pets, and some dogs might try to chew the unwanted costumes off their backs.

Adults

If you are planning on attending a Halloween party, consider the following:

  • In 2012, 23 percent of pedestrian fatalities on Halloween involved a drunk driver.
  • In 2012, 48 percent of all traffic fatalities on Halloween resulted from a DUI-related accident.
  • Children are two times as likely to be hit and killed by a vehicle while walking on Halloween.
  • Drinking violations for criminal offenders increase by about 25 percent when Halloween is on a Friday.

And if you or a loved one are involved in an accident during Halloween, it’s important to contact an attorney as soon as possible. The attorneys at Chain | Cohn | Stiles are experts in pedestrian and car accident cases. Reach them 24 hours a day at 661-323-4000, or visit the website Chainlaw.com.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles joins Diwali celebration with India Association of San Joaquin Valley

October 28, 2014 | 9:10 am


Each year in the autumn, the Indian community celebrates a gazetted holiday featuring a festival of lights. The celebration can last up to five days, when people decorate their home and workplaces with electric lights or oil lamps. Also popular are bowls of water with floating candles and flowers.

The festival signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair.

It’s called Diwali, which is observed throughout the Indian community in Kern County as well. And each year, the India Association of San Joaquin Valley commemorates this event in Bakersfield with a celebration, this year held on Oct. 25 at Seven Oaks Country Club.

The Bakersfield personal injury law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles is a proud supporter of the Indian community in the San Joaquin Valley, and this year was a sponsor for the Diwali celebration, and the association’s annual directory for members.

“We support the Indian community, which for years we have been a major part of the Bakersfield community,” said CCS attorney Neil K. Gehlawat. “We had a great time celebrating Diwali with our Indian neighbors throughout Kern County.”

The India Association of San Joaquin Valley was formed in 1974, and since then has continuously grown along with the Indian community in Kern County and the San Joaquin Valley.

“Today, the association has more than 300 paid members and is involved in a wide variety of activities and cultural program, all which bring out the rich heritage of India,” wrote Shetal Mehta, president of the India Association of San Joaquin Valley, in this year’s association directory.

The Gehlawat family has been a longtime supporter of various causes throughout Kern County, including the Diwali celebration. And Dr. Dilbagh Gehlawat has been a beloved pediatrics doctor in Delano for decades.

Neil Gehlawat concentrates his practice on personal injury, and wrongful death cases. He grew up in Bakersfield and graduated from Stockdale High School, before earning his bachelor’s degree from the UC Berkeley. He then went on to obtain his law degree from The University of Texas School of Law, before returning to Bakersfield, and joining the firm in 2012.

He is fluent in Hindi and Punjabi, and regularly assists Kern County residents of Indian background with their legal needs. If you speak Hindi or Punjabi and are in an accident or are seeking workers’ compensation assistance, call Chain | Cohn | Stiles at 661-323-4000, or visit the website Chainlaw.com.

* Editor’s Note: Neil Gehlawat is no longer an attorney with Chain | Cohn | Stiles *

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*NOTICE: Making a false or fraudulent Workers’ Compensation claim is a felony subject to up to 5 years in a prison or a fine of up to $150,000 or double the values of the fraud, whichever is greater, or by both imprisonment and fine.

CCS takes part in American Heart Association’s ‘Heart Walk,’ ‘Lawyers Have Heart’ fundraiser

October 17, 2014 | 9:24 am


It’s widely known that heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the United States, which claims more than 800,000 American lives each year.

In Bakersfield, the American Heart Association hosts the annual Bakersfield Heart Walk to celebrate those who have made lifestyle changes and encourage others to take the pledge to live healthier lifestyles. The event also raises money needed to fund life-saving research and initiatives in our own local community.

This year, the Bakersfield Heart Walk will be held Saturday, Oct. 17, at Cal State Bakersfield (CSUB). The Bakersfield personal injury law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles is proud to support the American Heart Association and the Bakersfield Heart Walk this year.

The Heart Walk will also feature the “Lawyers Have Heart” 5K, which also raises money for the research and community education programs related to the American Heart Association. The event brings together law firms and attorneys to raise awareness of heart disease and strokes. 

This year, CCS partner Matt Clark will take part in the Lawyers Have Heart 5K. This event began in 1991, and since then has raised more than $7.5 million for the American Heart Association and its causes. The event aims to raise awareness, and to also show local communities that local attorneys case about making a difference, while also promoting exercise and fitness. Today, Lawyers Have Heart has grown to by one of the largest philanthropic endeavors supported law firms and legal vendors in the United States.  

The Lawyers Have Heart 5K and Heart Walk in Bakersfield has raised $185,000 so far, with the goal of raising $210,000 to fund life-saving research and health initiatives in Kern County.

The Oct. 18 event will feature a 5K timed run, 5K walk, 2-mile walk, survivor’s lap, kid’s zone, health screenings, VIP tent for Top Walkers, vendor tents, a team T-shirt contest and more. Adult survivors will be honored with hats, and child survivor will receive special Heart Hero capes. Lunch will be donated by Subway.

There is still time to sign up to help. The Lawyer Have Heart run is $35 per participant, and all runners will receive a T-shirt.

This year an estimated 785,000 Americans will have a new coronary attack and about 470,000 will have a recurrent attack. It is also estimated that an additional 195,000 silent heart attacks occur each year. Join Chain | Cohn | Stiles and support the American Heart Association.

For more information, go to Kern County’s American Heart Association’s web page here or visit the American Heart Association Kern County’s Facebook page here.

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UPDATE: CCS partner Matt Clark competed and came in second place overall in the “Lawyers Have Heart” 5K on Saturday at Cal State Bakersfield. See his photo finish here.

CCS supports New Advances for People with Disabilities in hopes of ‘making a difference daily’

October 15, 2014 | 11:01 am


New Advances for People with Disabilities (NAPD) is a local nonprofit that provides critical services to some of the most vulnerable residents in Kern County.

In fact, for more than 35 years, NAPD has provided a safe and nurturing environment for more than 500 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities every single day. The organization offers programs, advocacy and skills that empower those who benefit from these services to live more productive, rewarding and independent lives.

And for the past 20 years, New Advances for People with Disabilities has hosted an annual golf tournament to make sure these services continue to be provided to these people in need. The Bakersfield personal injury law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles is proud to be able to help keep these services alive by serving as a sponsor and supporter of this tournament and fundraiser.

The 20th annual golf tournament will be held Friday, Oct. 17, at Buena Vista Golf Course near Taft. Tee off is at noon, with a shotgun start. Raffles and tickets drawings will be featured, as well as other prizes and packages. A steak dinner will follow the tournament, which costs $20 for dinner only. For $125 per person, you’ll get a round of golf, cart, beverages, lunch, dinner and door prizes.

All gifts are tax deductible, and all proceeds benefit New Advances for People with Disabilities. To join CCS in getting involved, call 661-395-1361.

“Fundraising aids our ability to provide innovative day programs, transportation, and many other supportive services for over 500 disabled clients,” according to NAPD.

Additionally, the golf tournament serves as the “Walter H. Cochneuer Memorial,” which honors the founder of New Advances for People with Disabilities. Cochneuer died in September 2010, and “left an incredible legacy that continues ‘making a difference daily’ in the lives of our clients,” according to the nonprofit. “Making a Difference Daily” is the motto of NAPD.

“He was a visionary and pioneer in the human service industry,” the NAPD website states. “His dedication to NAPD and its clients was extraordinary.  He accomplished his dream.”

Besides standing behind injured victims, Chain | Cohn | Stiles, since it was founded in 1934, has been a supporter of programs and services that benefit our Kern County community through donations, community services and advocacy. To learn more about the firm’s community work, visit the Community web page here.

For more information on NAPD, call 661-327-8531 or visit the web page here.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles takes part in Kern High School District ‘Principal Partners’ Day’

October 9, 2014 | 9:47 am


Each year, the Kern High School District hosts an half-day open house at all 20 district campuses, aimed at giving more than 200 local business, government and education representatives a sneak peek into campus life.

It’s called “Principal Partners’ Day,” and the Bakersfield personal injury law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles was happy to take part in the event on Wednesday, Oct. 8.

“Our Principal Partners’ Day program is a perfect opportunity to get a firsthand look at how the District’s many ‘win-win partnerships’ benefit both our students and our community,” said KHSD Superintendent Bryon Schaefer on the district website.

The open house provides an in-depth look at each campus’ programs and services, academic and extracurricular. For example, at Ridgeview High School, participants witnessed the school’s band and color guard in action, the district’s program for the blind and visually impaired (headquartered at Ridgeview High), an art class, a biology class, a history class and much more. Guests get to meet and interact with teachers, students and other school officials. The school’s Associated Student Body representatives provide the tours.

The event is sponsored by the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce and the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Chain | Cohn | Stiles is a member of both of these organizations.

The day finishes with a lunch, bringing all participants and school representatives together, at Doubletree Hotel in Bakersfield.

For Chain | Cohn | Stiles, taking part in Principal Partners Day is only natural. The law firm prides itself on being locally founded, and its attorneys and staff have deep local roots. In fact, all of the attorneys have connections to local schools, and regularly assist and volunteer for local high school programs. For example:

  • Managing partner David Cohn graduated from West High School in KHSD, and then attended Bakersfield College before transferring to the University of Southern California, followed by Southwestern Law School.
  • Partner David Stiles graduated from Bakersfield High School in KHSD.
  • Partner Matthew Clark graduated from Garces Memorial High School in Bakersfield. He has volunteered in years past in coaching Mock Trial teams.
  • Partner James Yoro also graduated from Garces Memorial High School in Bakersfield.
  • Associate Chad Boyles graduated from Highland High School in KHSD, in northeast Bakersfield.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles would like to thank the Kern High School District and campus officials for opening its doors to the Bakersfield community.

5th ‘Tips for CHiPs’ fundraiser to support families of fallen CHP officers

September 26, 2014 | 9:16 am


California Highway Patrol will host its fifth “Tips for CHiPs” luncheon fundraiser on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Outback Steahouse in Bakersfield, and the personal injury law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles is joining the cause as a sponsor.

The fundraiser supports the California Association of Highway Patrolmen Widows and Orphans Trust Fund, which goes toward to families when a loved one is killed in or off the line of duty. The fundraiser began in 2010 after the death of beloved CHP officer Mark Ehly.

Last year’s Tips for CHiPs raised close to $20,000, according to The Bakersfield Californian. In all, more than $70,000 has been donated by our community towards the Widows and Orphans Trust Fund.

“The support we have received for the last four years has been overwhelming and very much appreciated,” this year’s Tips for CHiPs flier states.

KERO Channel 23 last year highlighted the family of 35-year-old Curtis Michael Friebel last year, who lost his battle with colon cancer in August 2013. He worked for the CHP for more than 12 years, and left behind three children to raise. His wife told the news station that the support had been crucial for her.

“… A great burden has been lifted off me,” she told KERO Channel 23.

You can join the Bakersfield personal injury law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles this year to surpass that total. For $25, diners can chose from a menu of steak, chicken or salmon served with bread, bloomin’ onion, salad, vegetables, mashed potatoes and dessert. The lunch will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The lawyers at Chain | Cohn | Stiles for years have supported CHP causes and programs. Many times, the Kern County attorneys represent CHP officers in workers’ compensation*, car accident and personal injury cases.

To join Chain | Cohn | Stiles as a sponsor, or for more information on the event, call Paul Yanez at 661-205-2980 or Shannon Ehly at 661-428-0335.

The trust fund is administered by the California Association of Highway Patrolmen, a nonprofit that represents about 11,000 active and retired California Highway Patrol officers. The group is dedicated to assisting families of CHP officers.

For pictures and videos from recent years’ events, see the media coverage below:

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* NOTICE: Making a false or fraudulent Workers’ Compensation claim is a felony subject to up to 5 years in a prison or a fine of up to $150,000 or double the values of the fraud, whichever is greater, or by both imprisonment and fine.

Nearly 700 participate, $46K raised in Chain | Cohn | Stiles-sponsored MADD walk (with photo gallery)

September 22, 2014 | 10:24 am


More than 700 people participated in the first-ever Bakersfield “Walk/Run Like MADD” — sponsored by Chain | Cohn | Stiles — which was held Saturday morning at the Park at River Walk.

More than $46,000 was raised to fight drunken driving in Kern County, making this inaugural 5K run and walk a huge success.

The event aimed to raise awareness of drinking and driving crashes in Kern County, to raise money to support local victims and their families, and to fight to end drinking and driving in Bakersfield.

The day featured informational booths from sponsors and other groups aiming to inform about the dangers of drinking and driving, MADD representatives who spoke about the importance of coming together to fight against drunk driving, California Highway Patrol’s Robert Rodriguez who sang the national anthem, a prayer by the Health family (victims of a drunken driving crash), announcement by Peter Wonderly, and a speech by Kern County District Attorney Lisa Green. The walk featured families of victims marching with signs and photos of their loved ones, and hundreds also participated in the competitive 5K race.

Kern County community business and organizations stepped up as sponsors for the event. They included Dignity Health, Chain | Cohn | Stiles, Bakersfield Police Officers Association, Kern County Prosecutors Association, Ira Cohen of UBS Financial, Comprehensive Blood & Cancer Center, Kern County Bar Association and Aum Physical Therapy. To see a sponsor list, which were featured on the event T-shirts, go here.

Others contributed to the event in various ways. They included:

  • Sam’s Club, which donated water bottles.
  • The Gehlawat family, which made several monetary donations.
  • Media friends — KGET, KERO, KBAK, KBFX, El Popular and The Bakersfield Californian — who all helped raise awareness.
  • Kern Schools Federal Credit Union, which came out to support victims.
  • Sully’s Chevron, which donated ice for the event.
  • Sole 2 Soul, which hosted the pre-registration packet pickup on Friday, Sept. 19.

Local media helped spread awareness Saturday by interviewing victims, families and participants. Here is some of the media coverage from the event:

The “Walk/Run Like MADD” planning committee — which included Chain | Cohn | Stiles attorney Matt Clark and marketing director Jorge Barrientos — would like to thank sponsors, those who donated, volunteers and participants in the event for their dedication to fighting against drunken driving.