RHINELANDER, Wis., July 12, 2011— While most Rhinelander residents were putting on their dancing shoes for the Hodag Country Festival last weekend, the Rhinelander fire fighters were taking theirs off to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
The fire fighters removed their boots and at intersection of North Stevens Street and County HWY W and collected money from motorists and festival-goers July 7-9. In the three day collection, the Department raised $12,159 for MDA’s annual Fill-the-Boot fundraiser, surpassing their goal by over $1,500.
All donations will benefit local MDA clients and finance services like sending children and young adults to MDA Summer Camp in Green Lake, support groups, clinic visits at Prevea Health and Marshfield Clinic, and wheelchair purchases and repairs
MDA and the Rhinelander Fire Department would like to thank the Rhinelander residents for their generous support and donations.
The annual Fill the Boot campaign is a national program supported by fire departments across North America. Last year, Wisconsin fire fighters raised $600,000 for MDA.
MDA is a voluntary health agency working to defeat more than 43 neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive services and far-reaching professional and public health education. For more information about MDA’s programs and services, call (920) 499-4571.