MARQUETTE - Marquette City Fire Department personnel kicked off their annual Fill-The-Boot fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association on Friday and Saturday in Marquette.
Members of Firefighters Union Local No. 643, this is the ninth year they have collected money at Marquette street intersections and they said it was a good collection day Friday.
"Really Good showing the first day of the Fill-the-Boot fundraiser," said Brian Anderson, Fill-the-Boot coordinator for the Marquette department.
Mandy Dye of Marquette walks across the intersection of Hewitt Avenue and Third Street to help “Fill-the-Boot” held by Paul Enrietti of the Marquette City Fire Department. (Journal photo by Matt Keiser)
Anderson has been coordinating this event since the beginning nine years ago.
Collections were held at the intersections of Third Street and Hewitt Avenue and McClellan Avenue and Cleveland Avenue. The firefighters will be back out collecting donations from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the intersections of Front and Washington Streets, Fair Avenue and Pine Street and again at Third and Hewitt.
"I started at 3 o'clock and have already filled two boots!" firefighter John Green said.
Green has been volunteering in the fundraiser since its beginning.
Motorists and pedestrians were busy digging into their pockets for money as they passed the intersections.
"I have a hard time not donating especially since it's such a great cause for our community," Marquette resident Mandy Dye said.
Last year, Marquette firefighters raised $10,175 for the MDA, a total they hope to exceed this year, according to Anderson.
All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit local MDA programs, including summer camp, clinic visits and financing wheelchair repairs.
MDA is a voluntary health agency working to cure 43 neuromuscular diseases through professional and public health education programs.
Fill-the-Boot program is supported by the International Association of Firefighters and non-union fire departments across North America. The IAFF is the single-largest sponsor of MDA, contributing $300 million since 1954
For more information about MDA programs and services call 920-499-4571 or log on to its website at mda.org.
Matt Keiser can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 243. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.