The Wayne’s Walk Foundation, a Stratford nonprofit organization, will hold their second annual Wayne’s Walk 5K Walk on Saturday, June 9, 2012. This fundraiser event honors Stratford native Wayne Nicholas Lecardo, who was killed by a teen drunk driver in 2007 while on his way home from his job at Foxwoods Resort Casino, two days before his 34th birthday. Wayne, his coworker, and the teen were all killed in the crash. On the night before his funeral shortly after leaving Wayne’s home, three of Wayne’s close friends were nearly killed when their vehicle was rear-ended by another drunk driver.
The entrance to “Wayne’s Walk” is located on Riverdale Drive where, as a child, Wayne would clean and maintain the pathway leading to Long Island Sound and Short Beach. Wayne’s Walk was officially dedicated on Saturday, June 11, 2011 by Stratford’s Mayor, John Harkins, along with United States Senator Richard Blumenthal, CT State Senator Kevin Kelly, Connecticut’s Executive Director for Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD), members of the media, Wayne’s family and friends, and hundreds of supporters who braved inclement weather to be part of this memorable event.
The Wayne’s Walk Foundation, Inc. achieved recognition as a 501(c)(3) public charity in April of 2011. Their mission is to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving, to support activities and educational programs that inform the public about the impact of drinking and driving, and to financially support victims and families of drunk driving crashes. They are the only nonprofit organization in the State of CT raising money to support drunk driving victims. A portion of donations received by the Wayne’s Walk Foundation will also help to support programs offered by Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD) within the State of Connecticut.
Registration for the event begins at 9:00 am and a welcome ceremony will take place at 9:30am, followed immediately by the 5K Walk. Several local, state, and federal officials have been invited to the event. A beach party will take place after the walk with food, live music featuring The Chris D’Amato Band, a silent auction, and family friendly activities.
For more information or to register online for the 5K Walk, please visit www.wayneswalk.org