Philadelphia Fire Fighters "Fill the Boot" in Support of MDA

July 21, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Business News
The Philadelphia Fire Department and the International Association of Fire Fighters Local #22 have once again teamed up with the Muscular Dystrophy Association for the annual, summer-long Fill-the-Boot fundraising campaign. Fire fighters will be present at more than 40 high profile street corners throughout Philadelphia to urge motorists and pedestrians to literally "fill the boot" with monetary donations. Last year, the fire fighters raised more than $183,000 in support of MDA. This year, the fire fighters have generously raised their goal to $225,000.

The first Fill-the-Boot collection took place on Friday, July 7. Firefighters raised a remarkable $49,519.83, pushing the decade total to over one million dollars. Subsequent collections will take place on Aug. 4 and Aug. 18.

"We can't express enough gratitude for the efforts of the Philadelphia Fire Department and Local #22," remarked Stephanie Belzer, MDA Philadelphia District Director. "Year after year, their incredible support and enthusiasm continues to make Fill-the-Boot one of our most successful fundraisers."

At the International Convention in 1953, Local #22 as part of the International Association of Fire Fighters officially committed itself to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association until, together, the two organizations succeeded in eliminating neuromuscular diseases. Brian McBride, President of Local #22, commented, "The Fill-the-Boot campaign relies on the support of the people of Philadelphia. Each contribution gets us a step closer to eradicating neuromuscular diseases and helps those suffering from their effects to live happier lives."

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is a voluntary health organization aimed at conquering more than 40 neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive local services and far-reaching professional and public health education. MDA seeks no government grants, United Way funds or fees from patients or thier families - enabling those who receive aid from the association to do so free of charge.

Philadelphia Fire Fighters will be featured on this year's Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon, airing on Philadelphia's WB 17 on Sept. 3 and 4.

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