Danielle Stento Recognized for the 5k Run/Walk

Plaque Dedicated in Her Honor at MacArthur Park

Today, the Stento family, STOP DWI coordinator James May, City of Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan, former sponsors and volunteers unveiled a plaque at MacArthur Elementary School in honor of Danielle Stento and the Danielle 5k Run/Walk. The annual Danielle 5k Run/Walk was a well known, well attended event held each year at the MacArthur track to honor Danielle Stento who suffered sever brain trauma after being struck by a drunk driver in 1989. The event was created to raise awareness about dangers of drinking and driving and funding for the Danielle House, local high school SADD chapters and STOP DWI. After 16 successful years the Danielle Stento 5k Run/Walk ended in 2007.

"I want to thank Danielle Stento and the Stento family for their dedicated efforts to raise awareness in our community about the consequences of drinking and driving," commented Executive Barbara Fiala.

The plaque dedicated to Danielle Stento was placed next to the track in honor of the success of the Danielle 5k Run Walk. Over $300,000 was raised in the 16 years the event was held. Due to the rainy weather, students at MacArthur will lead a commemorative one lap run around the track at another date.

"The Danielle 5k Run/Walk was a very successful community event," stated STOP DWI Coordinator James May. "This event helped raise awareness about impaired driving and raised money to benefit community organizations that combat DWI. I want to thank the countless volunteers, sponsors, participants and especially Danielle and her family for all they do to support the STOP DWI program through the Danielle 5k Run/Walk."

Wanting to shift the focus to educating the community's youth the Stento family along with Broome County STOP DWI and Broome County Traffic Safety created the "Danielle Stento How to Save a Life Contest". This countywide education initiative consists of a television, radio and poster contest for students across five different important traffic safety topics: Drowsy Driving, Safety Belt Use, Driving Distractions, Impaired Driving and Speed/Aggressive Driving. The contest began in March and includes high school, middle school and elementary grade divisions. The Winners of this year's contest will be announced Tuesday, May 13th at 6pm at the Oakdale Mall.

For more information about Broome County STOP DWI please visit: www.bcstopdwi.com