Softball Tournament Held For Drunk Driving Awareness | News
WEST SENECA, NY - It's a bond that nobody wants to share. Families brought together by the loss of a loved one due to the carelessness of drunk driving.
Crusade Against Impaired Driving was formed by the family of Karen Kwiatkowski who was just 18 years old when she was killed by a drunk driver.
Her sister, Deanna Russo, started to hold an annual softball tournament at the same diamonds Karen once played at. Russo says its an event to embrace all the victim's families.
Last July, 18-year-old Alix Rice was killed by a drunk driver while riding her longboard home from work. Her father, Richard, was at Saturday's event. "It's a fraternity that we've all been dragged into, speaking of the families here, that nobody really wants to be a member of but we're trying to make the best of it," said Rice.
This year's tournament also included a chicken bbq, a silent auction, and basket raffle.
The event is held each year to inform the community about the dangers of drunk driving and educate people on how to prevent drunk driving.
"As long as there are drunk driving crashes, as long as there are drunk driving arrests... then my job isn't done yet," said Russo.
This year's event raised over $7,000.