On April 19 and 20, 2011, over 60 firefighters representing 48 departments from all over Oregon, SW Washington, and Alaska convened at McMenamins Edgefield Hotel for the 2011 "MDA Boot Camp".
Boot Camp is a retreat where fundraising coordinators network and attend sessions on current events at MDA, new legislation affecting "Fill the Boot" and to share successful fundraising strategies. Several MDA clients and families were also in attendance, connecting real people to the mission.
Michael D. McNeill, 64, of Denver, died March 21, 2007 after a long battle with kidney cancer. After serving in the 101st Airborne Division, he joined the Denver Fire Department in 1967, retiring in 2000. Mike exemplified what it meant to be a true supporter of the MDA and since 2008, the MDA has awarded the "Michael D. McNeill Leadership Award" to fundraising coordinators who go above and beyond and find innovative ways to reach their goals.
Portland Local 43 Firefighter Sean Fogarty was given the honor this year for his energy and compassion in rallying other Portland Firefighters to "Fill the Boot", and participate in many other functions. Portland Firefighters raised over $16,000 in 2010 and have set a goal of $20,000 for the 2011 campaign. This is the second time a Portland Firefighter has received the award in its four year history; Alan Ferschweiler received it in 2009.
2010 Regional total funds raised: $429,944
2011 Regional GOAL: $540,200
2010 PORTLAND TOTAL: $16,000
2011 PORTLAND GOAL: $20,000
Muscular Dystrophy refers to over 40 diseases that weaken muscles in children and adults. 76% of the money raised goes directly to research, medical care and programs such as summer camps where firefighters serve as counselors. http://www.mdausa.org/.
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April 21, 2011