Our Current Christmas Party this year was very special, as always. It is so nice just to mingle with everyone, and their significant others, in a casual atmosphere. A chance to get to know some of the folks I don’t get to see very often and catch up with others that I have known for years. Even our CurrentSouth partners came up from Florida and joined in the celebration.
This year our events team did something different to add to our fun, paying benefits forward that will no doubt change some lives. They collected some “fabulous prizes” and raffled off tickets for a chance to win some pretty nice items like a Go Pro Camera and an iPad. There were tickets to events, specialty items, and even some funky elf hats to be had.
While that was all a lot of fun, the main reason for the raffle was to collect money to donate to MADD in honor of our son, Ben Koier. Ben was killed by a drunk driver 18 months ago and my co-workers are still remembering him through their amazing generosity. They collected close to $1500.00 and asked the MADD representatives to join our celebration in order to receive the oversized check.
I was blown away. I could not believe that much money was donated and then to give it to a cause that has become very important to our family. To say that it touched Rick and I very deeply is putting it mildly. The love and support that we have received through the most difficult time in our lives continues. And with that contribution to MADD, I feel certain that a few more lives will be saved from the senseless and selfish act of drinking and driving.
Thank you to my co-workers for chipping in and making such a strong statement. And for continuing to keep the memory of our precious Ben alive.
I haven’t really done much with MADD since the accident and meeting the representatives gave me a chance to make some connections and find out more about getting involved. Thank you for that gift as well. In sharing our story, we have already changed many lives and my goal is to continue to use our tragedy for good in any way possible.