Rockland firefighters raise nearly $3,000 for MDA
Rockland — Firefighters took to the streets of Rockland to “Fill the Boot” for the Muscular Dystrophy Association throughout 2013 and more recently this past weekend with a fundraising event and raised cumulatively $2,943 to help find treatments and cures for neuromuscular disease.
Led by Rockland Fire MDA Coordinator Carl Anderson, members of Local 1584 of the International Association of Fire Fighters continued their commitment to support MDA’s vital research programs and services to more than 600 families in Maine.
Money was collected by the Rockland Fire Department at various community events through the town including the third annual Chili Chowder Cook Off held at the Trackside Station. Sponsors Kelly and Mike Woods from Trackside Restaurant helped make the Chili Chowder Cook Off a huge success. A special thank you for all the participants; Trackside Station, The Lobster Shack, In Good Company, Archers on the Pier, The Landings, Clan Mclaren, The Chowder House, Graffam Brothers Seafood, Jim Stone, Chris Oliver, Maynard Stanley, Stephanie Gibbs, Renee Grover and Laurie Webber. Prizes donated by the following businesses; Federal Distributors, Rock City Café, Oakland Park Bowling Alley, Boynton McKay, Camden Snow Bowl, Hampton Inn Thomaston and plaques donated by American Awards in Augusta.
“We deeply appreciate the work firefighters in Rockland do for the MDA,” said Executive Director Ashley King in a news release. “It does make a difference to all the people and families here in Maine who are living with muscle disease. They see these American heroes going out to support them, and it tells them they have strong partners standing by their side.”
IAFF became the first national sponsor for MDA in 1954, and over the years, firefighters have raised millions of dollars to help improve and enhance the lives of those living with neuromuscular disease. Firefighters have raised money for MDA through their participation in the annual Fill the Boot campaign, as well as by sponsoring golf and softball tournaments. Many also contribute some of their vacation time each year to volunteer at MDA summer camps across the country.