On Saturday, September 28, 2012, five Lamar National Employees came out to help with the first annual “Rides for a Reason”, a day long event to raise funds for Dylan’s Drivers. Dylan’s Drivers is a local non-profit organization that gives free, confidential and non-judgemental rides who for people who have had too much to drink. Organized in late 2011 as a response to the tragic alcohol related accident that took the lifes of two young men Wade Witmer and Dylan Ballard (for whom Dylan’s Drivers is named) this organization gave over 800 rides in the first nine months of operation. That is 800 people who otherwise would have been on our roads if they did not have a safe ride home.
While the acceptance of this program is impressive, even more powerful is the number of community members that have voluteered to work late into the night making sure the service was available to give rides to the “overserved”. To date, over 150 volunteers have been trained to serve as drivers and navigators.
In addition to the incredible numbers of volunteers that have stepped up, numerous businesses, individuals and restaurants have provided food, drinks and supplies necessary to make this a great place to volunteer.
Dylan’s Drivers’ largest expense is rental cars that allow the organization to avoid liability and ongoing maintenence associated with owning vehicles. The Rides for a Reason event grossed over $15,000 to help the organization meet their financial needs. The event consisted of a 5k Run, a two-day softball tournament, a car show, a motorcycle rally, a kid’s area, a burger cook-off and live music.
Lamar National applaudes the hard work of Dylan’s Drivers and recognizes the impact this organization has had in reducing drunk driving in our community. As a community bank our employees were proud to be a part of this event.