“Every day in America, another 28 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes. That’s one person every 53 minutes.” On Saturday we attended the annual MADD Heroe’s Award Banquet recognizing law enforcement where Officer John Fermon was awarded The Michael Collins Humanitarian Award. Officer Fermon from the City of Bloomington – Police has made DUI enforcement in this community a passion. In 2016 he set a new record with 107 DUI arrests beating the previous record of 53. He also has the most DUI’s in the department as a total since 1999 and is the only downstate officer with over 100 DUI’s. Officer Fermon was one of the first responder’s on the scene the night of Michael’s crash and the event has had a profound impact on him personally. He stated he is “motivated by Michael,” and that he has been touched to “Pay it forward.” He also volunteers his time to the foundation whenever possible. We could not be more proud of this year’s selection. Congratulations.
The Michael Collins Foundation is excited to announce we have partnered with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for the 2017 MCstrong Golf Outing. This year’s event will be held on July 27th at Ironwood Golf Course in Normal Illinois. Register a team online here or print a registration form and mail to The Michael Collins Foundation PO Box 19 Hudson Il 61748. Thank you for your support of Michael’s foundation!
Registration is LIVE and we have some EXCITING news to share! This year we have added a DOG WALK and VIRTUAL RUN as options to an already great lineup. Upgrading our shirts to Dri fit will be a hit as well. Help us strike out drunk driving and achieve your New Year’s exercise goals at the same time. Click on the photo link above to register online or click here to print a mail in registration form.
Merry Christmas from The Michael Collins Foundation! The December 2016 Newsletter is now available by clicking the picture/link below. Read a special message from Jim and Kelly Collins, learn about MADD’s new Michael Collins Humanity Award, find out the date of the 2017 MCstrong 5K Classic, and much more!
The Michael Collins Foundation proudly created an endowed scholarship at Illinois State University. Please click here or on the photo above to read the article by WJBC.
MADD Illinois proudly announces the MADD Michael Collins Humanity Award
Bloomington Normal, Illinois – On Saturday, August 20, 2016 Mothers Against Drunk Driving announced at their yearly Law Enforcement Recognition Banquet held in Springfield, Illinois that the MADD Community Award was being renamed the Michael Collins Humanity Award, in honor of Normal native, Michael Collins.
In the past MADD Community Award, now the Michael Collins Humanity Award, is given to the individual or organization that demonstrates fellowship with others as the result of the sharing of similar attitudes, values, interests and goals with respect to MADD’s mission and the overall desire for the improvement of the quality of life in their community.
Michael Collins was a 22 year old senior at Illinois State University majoring in Exercise Science when on March 29, 2014 a drunk driver with a blood alcohol content level more than twice the legal limit ran a red light traveling over 100 mph at the intersection of Main Street and Empire Street and collided with a vehicle that Michael Collins was a passenger in. Michael succumbed to the injuries he sustained at the crash and passed away four days later on April 2, 2014.
“Jim and Kelly Collins are wonderful people who have had the ultimate tragedy bestowed upon them and that is the loss of a child. The Collins family and The Michael Collins Foundation have been extremely generous to MADD Illinois and have donated considerable funds, as well as their time and leadership that has allowed for MADD to further pursue its mission to stop drunk and drugged driving, prevent underage drinking and provide services to victims of the violent crime,” said Sam Canzoneri, State Executive Director of MADD Illinois.
“Our family is deeply humbled that MADD has changed the name of the award to embody Michael’s spirit and the mission of his foundation. We will continue to partner with MADD to raise awareness and fight against this senseless and preventable crime,” said Kelly Collins, mother of Michael Collins