Middletown — The HERO Campaign, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the use of safe and sober designated drivers to prevent drunk driving tragedies, sponsored the John R. Elliott HERO Walk at Brookdale Community College in Monmouth County on Sunday, June 8. The walk was held in remembrance of John R. Elliott and all victims of drunken driving tragedies including Freehold native and former Brookdale student, Chad Horne. The Horne Family hosted the walk in Chad’s memory.
The event attracted hundreds of participants who enjoyed the fantastic weather while supporting the HERO Campaign’s mission to promote the use of designated drivers.
“It always warms my heart to see how many folks turn out for our walks” said Bill Elliott, founder of the John R. Elliot HERO Campaign. “That so many people would choose to spend their day off supporting our cause speaks to the importance of our message; to always use a designated driver.”
Navy Ensign John Elliott, 22, a resident of Egg Harbor Township, was killed in a head-on collision with a drunken driver in July 2000, two months after graduating from the United States Naval Academy. Chad Horne, 22, of Freehold, was travelling home from Pennsylvania in January, 2010 when he was killed by a drunken driver.
The John R. Elliott Hero Campaign has sponsored several walks including their annual Ocean City, NJ Walk, which attracts more than 2,000 supporters of the HERO Campaign. The HERO Campaign also has sponsored walks at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. with the New England Patriots, and at the University of Delaware. Sponsors, walkers and teams interested in participating in future walks may contact the campaign or register at www.theherowalk.org.
The HERO Campaign is not an anti-drinking campaign. Instead, it encourages common sense and responsibility by promoting individuals to “Be a HERO. Be a Designated Driver;” a message that appeals to the hero in all of us. For more information call 609-626-3880 or visit us on the Web at www.herocampaign.com.