© Fayetteville Professional Fire Fighters Association
Last Update 12-1-14
The members of the Fayetteville Professional Fire Fighters Association want to thank all those that helped make our annual Fill The Boot campaign a success. Our annual campaigns help raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) to battle neuro-muscular disease. The money raised during the Fill The Boot campaign helps send LOCAL kids with Muscular Dystrophy to summer camp, as well as help provide needed medical equipment to these kids.
The 2014 Fill The Boot campaign was held during the Dogwood Festival in downtown Fayetteville, and this proved to be a huge success. Plans are to continue to conduct the Fill The Boot campaign in conjunction with the Dogwood Festival each year.
Please look for the FPFFA booth at the 2015 Dogwood Festival, and help us 'Make a Muscle for MDA'
The tradition started in 1952, when a father in desperate need ran to IAFF member George Graney's fire engine company 1 in South Boston. IAFF Local 718 immediately rounded up 20 fire fighters and set in motion a door-to-door canister drive that raised $5,000. In 1953, Graney launched a citywide fundraising campaign with the help of Boston fire fighters and made appeals across Massachusetts on behalf of children with muscular dystrophy.
Realizing the potential that fire fighters had to offer the cause and their excellent image in the community, Graney approached and persuaded IAFF members to support MDA. In August 1954, Graney raised his voice at the IAFF biennial convention in Miami and proposed that MDA be established as its 'charity of choice.' MDA Goodwill Ambassador Luis Grant, who had a form of muscular dystrophy, gave an emotional presentation to IAFF members, helping gain unanimous approval of Graney's proclamation. This marked the beginning of a formal bond between the IAFF & MDA.
Since then, IAFF has emerged as the single-largest sponsor of MDA, contributing $530 million since 1954, largely through the signature MDA Fill The Boot campaign. IAFF has renewed that commitment to MDA under the leadership of IAFF General President Harold A. Schaitberger, who also is an MDA national vice president. Nearly 300,000 IAFF members in the United States & Canada continue to break their fundraising record year after year - all to benefit kids & adults living with muscle disease.