Fill the Boot for MDA

When you are driving through several intersections in Marquette this weekend, you will be seeing some familiar faces and one familiar boot.

The annual ‘Fill the Boot’ fundraiser is off and running. The proceeds go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  The funds raised say here. They help pay for wheelchair repairs, clinic visits, and trips to the MDA Summer Camp in Green Lake, Wisconsin.

“I went this year (to camp) for the first time. Its really fun and I made a lot of friends there. Probably my favorite thing (at camp) was fishing,” George Gregory said.

“They (the Marquette firefighters) have over the years raised so much money for the MDA. They’ve been one of the top three departments in Michigan for dollars raised,” Executive Director of the MDA Chapter in Green Bay said Dawn Ver Haagh said.

Last year, the Marquette Fire Department raised nearly $12,000.  Many counterparts of theirs nationwide are on the streets doing the same thing.

“Even though the rain is falling, we still have a lot of people coming out to support the MDA. Its a good cause,” Marquette Firefighter Kirk Vogler said.

The firefighters will be out again on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Front and Washington Streets, Fair Avenue and Pine Street, and Third and Hewitt Streets.