Friday night at North Oaks park in Hammond, Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity and Delta Tau Delta Fraternity of Southeastern co-hosted their annual M.A.D.D Dash 5K run in support of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D).
In 2009, AOII- Kappa Tau member Beth Boudreaux was killed by a drunk driver. Since then, AOII hosts the run through the national organization, M.A.D.D., and all proceeds from the race are donated to the Beth Boudreaux foundation.
“I have participated in M.A.D.D Dash for four years and even though I’m an alumna now of AOII, this is one of my favorite events. We get to remember such a special person and help other families who are affected by drunk drivers,” said AOII and Southeastern alumna Erica Straughan.
The run is normally held in the morning with the route mapped out around Southeastern’s campus. This year, the run was a little different with it being at night and everyone glowed with neon colors. Participants were encouraged to wear neon attire and bring any sort of glow sticks for the run. After the run a black light dance party followed the run for everyone to join for food and music.
“It was great seeing two organizations come together for a good cause,” said member of Delta Tau Delta and Mass Communication major Matt Reed. “It shows how Greek life at SELU cares about unity and helping out the community.”
The race had over 70 participants including members from AOII, Delta Tau Delta, other members from other sororities and fraternities along with family and friends.
“This was my first M.A.D.D Dash, and the amount of support for such a great cause was unreal,” said AOII member Madison Tucker. “My mom and I walked the race together. She has a torn meniscus so we finished in 40 minutes, but the injury didn’t stop her from supporting Mothers Against Drunk Driving.”