Walk Like MADD 2012 Photos

Media gallery from the Walk Like MADD event held in Branford, where two Shelton teams volunteered for the cause.

4th annual Branford Walk Like MADD 2012 event

The Branford walk is the largest in Connecticut. For this year's event, a Shelton cheer team and a group walking in memory of Viviana Cavalli raised about $2,000 each.

Dee Tutka, Viviana's mother made a short speech before the 5K walk began.

"A quick game of beer pong sealed the fate of two beloved teens, leaving one survivor -- my daughter's best friend -- behind, as a victim as a well. A miracle indeed itself that she survived," Tutka said. Her full speech can be watched in the included video.

Tom Alciere October 15, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Why do so many people consider it "hate speech" to oppose same-sex marriages but they think it is okay for the bigots at MADD to promote bigotry and unprovoked, state-sponsored violence against responsible alcohol drinkers who are younger than 21. Homosexuals made a choice, and are free to straighten out, but what are Mr. and Mrs. Twenty supposed to do, build a time machine so they can obey a law against being under 21?
Danielle A. Elwood October 16, 2012 at 01:46 AM
There is no such thing as "responsible" drinkers who are under 21 years of age. They are criminals who are breaking the law, and there is NOTHING responsible about being a criminal! Mr. and Mrs. TWENTY are WELCOME to WAIT till their 21st birthday like EVERYONE ELSE!
megan anderson October 16, 2012 at 01:50 AM
AND just so you're clear, being gay is not a choice and gay people can't just "straighten" out.....Tom, you are SO ignorant, it's scary!!
Michael DeMarco October 16, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Easily one of the most unintelligent responses I've ever seen. Thank you for showing your ignorance and stupidity.
Lauren Souza October 16, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Ok Mr tom, I think you should have your mind checked out because obviously you have no idea what the heck you are talking about. Kids under the age of 21 are breaking the law when they drink so they are not responsible. I really do not understand where you are so confused as to compare bigotry about same sex marriages to an organization that is trying to educate people so we don't loose loved ones before their time. I sincerely do not appreciate your comment on this article seeing it had to do with my family and a tragic loss that they have suffered from. Please keep your stupidity to yourself.
Matt ODonnell October 16, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Great speech Dee :)
Aprille Steiner October 16, 2012 at 05:04 AM
Tom, really? A mother who has lost her daughter wants to WALK to raise awareness of the irresponsibility of drinking and driving and now she's a violent bigot? If she were, she'd probably hunt you down, however, she's one of the warmest, most generous, loving, peacemaking people I've had the pleasure of knowing. The fact that she has let this tragedy transform her into a powerful determined mother that would never want anyone to go through what she went through, testifies to her strength. Don't bring your misguided agenda to this page. Noone wants their children to die before them, especially if they could avoid it! MADD, keep doing what you're doing! Saving lives by bringing awareness! Designate a safe driver!
Susan October 16, 2012 at 12:57 PM
I am always amazed that people think drinking before the legal age of 21 is acceptable behavior and should be condoned. It is the law - period. What other laws should we let our children break - run red lights, shoplift, do drugs, assault another person - why not? Mr. Tom must think that beaking these laws is acceptable if they are broken by a responsible individual of any age. What is really beyond my comprehension is that he chooses to share his opinion on the heels of what is an honorable and worthy event sponsored by one of the most respected organizations in the country. Not to mention, he is disrespecting families who have lost loved ones because of irresponsible people - regardless of their age. Mr. Tom needs a reality check.


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