Posted by: Janet Hughes | June 30, 2010

AAIM Donation Joins VIPs

Kudos to IDPH Director Dr. Damon Arnold and Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White

Holidays, parties, picnics and booze. Did you know I’m also an advocate to stop drinking and driving?

Last October, I attended the annual fundraiser for the non-profit group AAIM, Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists.

AAIM provides life-saving programs to help victims of drunk driving crashes and works hard to prevent future tragedies.

AAIM’s 2009 benefit “Shining Down From Heaven” touched hearts and renewed spirits.

Surrounded by families, friends, and one courageous offender who turned his life around, Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men provided the perfect song “One Sweet Day” during the DVD tribute to crash victims.

Over 125 silent auction items were donated. Many thanks to Secretary of State Jesse White and his silent auction gift. I considered it an honor to have lunch with one of Illinois’ leaders. Because of my donation made to AAIM’s worthy cause, I won this special privilege.

Last week we dined at the Rosebud Prime restaurant in Chicago. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) director Dr. Damon Arnold joined us as my guest!

I met Dr. Arnold last October at the Plano Vision Development Center fundraiser where he received the Humanitarian Award. Many thanks to Dr. Arnold, too, for his dedication and service to children.

The Secretary and Dr. Arnold were charming, fascinating, and inspiring!   Read their great biographies here: Jesse White and Dr. Arnold.

I would like to express my deepest appreciation and gratitude to the Honorable Jesse White, Dr. Arnold, and all the wonderful giving people at AAIM.  Your tireless efforts are making a difference!

Copyright © 2010 Janet Hughes. All rights reserved.


Read more about AAIM and drunk driving facts here…

Besides fighting drunk driving, Secretary White also:

Think twice before drinking and driving!

Think twice before getting into a car with someone drinking and driving!

Listen to “One Sweet Day” on YouTube below…


  1. Happy 4th of July! My deepest gratitude to military heroes Jesse White, Dr. Arnold, and all the brave men and women serving our country.

    Remember, friends don’t let friends drive when drinking! Hope everyone has a safe and fun holiday weekend.

  2. Did not hear from you for a long time , now I know why , you have been a very busy person . Thanks for the hard work you do!! hugs !!

  3. Hi Janet:

    Another excellent post!

    It looks like your persistance and hard work is starting to pay off (lunch with two “heavy hitters”).

    Keep up the great work for the children!


  4. Been rubbing elbows I see. 🙂 I hope you had a wonderful July holiday as well! All my best always!

  5. Hi Janet,

    What a wonderful cause and beautiful song to illustrate the importance of not drinking and driving — keep up this very important work and, by all means, keep the faith!

    Your friend,


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