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Letter from Edmond

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February 10, 2010

January 9, 2009
Janella Tears
Executive Director
Victims’ Impact Panel of Oklahoma, Inc.
247C North Broadway
Edmond, OK  73034
Dear Mrs. Tears:
On January 8th, I attended the Victims’ Impact Panel at UCO in Edmond.  Through that experience I became aware of the awesome work being accomplished by your organization.  I didn’t know anything about this and was expecting to hear testimony of victims’ families or friends that are justifiably angry and blameful of alcohol-related accident incidents that everyone agrees are horrible, tragic, and often preventable.
I was amazed to find testimony of victims’ family and friends that despite their unimaginable loss have incredible strength with an attitude of love and prevention of these needless tragedies.  Not only is it their effort to protect and reduce the loss of future innocents’, but to spare everyone the devastating harm and consequences of alcohol-related accidents.
It has become my opinion that legal amounts of alcohol are not acceptable when driving a motor vehicle.  After seeing videos with bruised babies, infant death, and hearing the panel’s testimony at your seminar, I felt overwhelmed with how difficult it must be for everyone involved to live with the consequences.
I have lived in Oklahoma for 13 years and have made it a priority to provide financial support, not only for non-profit agencies, including Regional Food Bank and Jesus House, but also to local families in need and youth baseball.  Due to family illness, including my son’s Type 1 diabetes and my mom’s terminal cancer, it was not my intent to provide any additional charitable funding at this time.  However, I came away from this experience believing it valuable to have my 15-year-old son attend one of your panels before he starts driving and that made me realize other young people could benefit from your efforts.
With this in mind, I have enclosed a check for $1,050 with the request to provide funding for a Victims’ Impact Panel presentation at each of the three Edmond public high schools this year.  I would like each school to know that an anonymous donor has funded $350 for their respective presentation.  Please inform the panel members of the January 8th seminar that because of their brave and giving testimony, I am motivated to try and help others hear their valuable message.  I believe these panels save more lives than they are aware of.  As stated in the presentation, even if just one life was spared, it would be well worth all the effort.
Sincerely,
BT
Edmond, OK

Dear Mrs. Tears:

On January 8th, I attended the Victims’ Impact Panel at UCO in Edmond.  Through that experience I became aware of the awesome work being accomplished by your organization.  I didn’t know anything about this and was expecting to hear testimony of victims’ families or friends that are justifiably angry and blameful of alcohol-related accident incidents that everyone agrees are horrible, tragic, and often preventable.

I was amazed to find testimony of victims’ family and friends that despite their unimaginable loss have incredible strength with an attitude of love and prevention of these needless tragedies.  Not only is it their effort to protect and reduce the loss of future innocents’, but to spare everyone the devastating harm and consequences of alcohol-related accidents.

It has become my opinion that legal amounts of alcohol are not acceptable when driving a motor vehicle.  After seeing videos with bruised babies, infant death, and hearing the panel’s testimony at your seminar, I felt overwhelmed with how difficult it must be for everyone involved to live with the consequences.

I have lived in Oklahoma for 13 years and have made it a priority to provide financial support, not only for non-profit agencies, including Regional Food Bank and Jesus House, but also to local families in need and youth baseball.  Due to family illness, including my son’s Type 1 diabetes and my mom’s terminal cancer, it was not my intent to provide any additional charitable funding at this time.  However, I came away from this experience believing it valuable to have my 15-year-old son attend one of your panels before he starts driving and that made me realize other young people could benefit from your efforts.

With this in mind, I have enclosed a check for $1,050 with the request to provide funding for a Victims’ Impact Panel presentation at each of the three Edmond public high schools this year.  I would like each school to know that an anonymous donor has funded $350 for their respective presentation.  Please inform the panel members of the January 8th seminar that because of their brave and giving testimony, I am motivated to try and help others hear their valuable message.  I believe these panels save more lives than they are aware of.  As stated in the presentation, even if just one life was spared, it would be well worth all the effort.

Sincerely,

BT

Edmond, OK

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