Harper WoodsAugust 15, 2011
Firefighters hand over check to MDA
By April Lehmbeck
C & G Staff Writer
HARPER WOODS — Local firefighters wanted to take part in something that is near and dear to firefighters everywhere by giving back to the Muscular Dystrophy Association in the “Fill the Boot” campaign.
They collected $2,000 by spending a couple of hours on three days at a major intersection collecting money earlier this summer. The firefighters volunteered their own time for the fundraising drive.
Harper Woods firefighters union President David Micallef presented the check to local MDA representative Sarah Grutza during the Aug. 8 City Council meeting.
“We raise money every year for MDA in some fashion,” Micallef said. “We did a pretty good job this year.”
Grutza spoke during the meeting of how much the MDA relies on all the fire departments that help to raise much needed money for the organization.
“Our union firefighters are by far the largest supporters that we have,” she said. “We don’t know what we’d do without your support, so thank you very much.”
The International Association of Firefighters highlights the fundraising efforts of firefighters across the state for the MDA on its website.
The international union organization has raised about $450 million for the MDA since it started fundraising efforts in the mid-1950s, according to its website.
Mayor Ken Poynter also acknowledged the Harper Woods firefighters’ work to help the MDA.
“We thank the firemen for their effort,” he said.
Micallef visited an MDA summer camp in Lexington, Mich., this summer to see first-hand how the money firefighters collect touches the lives of families of children with disabilities.
“It was pretty moving to say the least,” Micallef said.
On the firefighters’ Facebook account, they acknowledged the support they received during the fundraising drive.
“This strikes home for us, as we know that there are families in Harper Woods that utilize the services of MDA to help their children,” they stated. “Thank you to all who donated during our campaign.”