On December 9, 2014, the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists took part in the Candlelight Ceremony for the Victims of Drunk Driving crashes, sponsored by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, co-hosted by AAIM and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

This compassionate event will take place at The James R. Thompson Center, Chicago, IL. Attending the program, Secretary White, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Illinois State Police Director Hiram Grau, Commanding Officer of the Chicago Police Department Traffic Unit, Lieutenant Salvador Avila and National President of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Jan Withers. Two personal stories were shared from victims whose lives were forever altered because someone made the choice to drink and drive and operate a boat under the influence.

Margaret Borcia will recount the horrific OUI crash that took the life of her ten year old son, Tony on July 28, 2012. Tony was having the time of his life tubing with his father and siblings on the Chain-o-Lakes until he fell off his tube. Before his father could pick him up, he was hit by a large boat despite wearing a bright red life jacket and waving his arms. The man driving the boat was under the influence of cocaine and alcohol.

There was a ceremonial candle lighting along with vocalist Maddy Wittenbrink performing, Maddy was a classmate of Tony Borcia. Reverend Mario DiCicco of Saint Peters Church in Chicago provided the invocation and benediction.

"The candlelight ceremony has been held for many years, not only for the victims, but the public – particularly to remind everyone of the tragedies of impaired driving and the ripple effect for crash victims’ families." said Rita Kreslin, AAIM Executive Director.

To view photos from the last event.