New Hanover County firefighters celebrate MDA fundraising record
Wilmington, NC March 11, 2013 – The hard work of firefighters collecting and New Hanover County residents donating during the “fill the boot” fundraising effort led to the highest total raised this year for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) by any fire department in the state.
New Hanover County Fire Rescue and the New Hanover County Professional Firefighters Association continued the 60-year “fill the boot” national tradition and raised $51,278 – claiming the #1 department in North Carolina.
Being recognized in 2011 for their fundraising efforts and their chief, Donnie Hall, being named MDA Champion of Hope for North Carolina led their motivation to achieve top honors in 2012. “The support of our community was overwhelming,” said Lieutenant Ben Bobzien, who coordinated the department’s three-day campaign. “The commitment of our firefighters and the generosity of our community allowed us to exceed our goal and receive this honor – but most importantly helping the MDA.”
MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.