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Fairfield University students raise $1,100 for MADD

Fairfield University  students presented $1,100 from a recent fundraiser to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Fairfield University students presented $1,100 from a recent fundraiser to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Tired of being seen only as partiers, some Fairfield University students living at the beach decided to be part of the solution.

“Everyone thinks we’re down at the beach drinking and causing problems, so we thought we’d try to help an organization that works against drunk driving,” said Fairfield University senior Storm Miller, head of the Beach Residents Advocacy Group (BRAG), a student organization.

Miller and other BRAG members, like fellow seniors Ellie Goepel and Kevin Gavin, got help from Lt. Thomas Mrozek of the Fairfield Police Department to stage a fundraiser to raise money for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), whose annual area fundraiser — “Walk Like MADD” — fell during Fairfield University’s homecoming weekend this year, making it difficult for students to participate.

BRAG and police arranged for a food truck from restaurant Taco Loco to sell tacos outside the Seagrape Cafe on Oct. 30, earning two dollars per taco for the charity, for a total of $1,100.

Jennifer Owen, Connecticut Walk manager for MADD, was on-hand at Fairfield Police Headquarters today to accept the check from BRAG.

“It has been a pleasure to work with Storm and the whole Fairfield University community,” Owen said, continuing, “It says a lot about a student’s character to say, ‘I want to be a part of MADD and not a statistic of the problem.'”

 

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