The Anaheim Firefighter’s Association Local 2899 partnered with the Angels Wives for the inaugural Angel Stadium “Fill-the-Boot” to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), raising over $11,500 this past weekend. The Fill-the-Boot took place outside Angel Stadium before and during the Sunday, June 5th game when the Angels hosted the New York Yankees. All proceeds from the event will benefit Orange County families served by the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
The Angels Wives and Anaheim Firefighters asked Angel and Yankee fans to “fill their boots” with cash and coin to help fund the MDA children’s clinic at CHOC, as well as the ALS Center at UC Irvine, in addition to providing wheelchair repair, lifesaving flu shots and MDA summer camp for differently-abeled kids. Most importantly, donations collected during this year’s “Fill-The-Boot” campaign will fund research to help find a cure for 43 neuromuscular diseases. MDA Local Goodwill Ambassadors Josh Ferrell of Anaheim and Holly Winberg of Brea were in attendance to cheer on the Firefighters and Angel wives on as they braved the heat and throngs of fans at all six gates. Anyone wishing to make a donation toward the MDA through the Anaheim Fill the Boot can visit: https://www.joinmda.org/anaheimfilltheboot2011/anaheimfilltheboot.
On July 7th, the Angels will host their “4♦ALS Day” at Angel Stadium as the Angel wives and firefighters will present the funds from the Fill the Boot campaign to MDA during a pregame ceremony. The first pitch will be thrown out by MDA client and former fire chief Phil Kelleher and his daughter Tyler. The Angels have also donated 100 tickets to MDA for July 7th so that the families they serve can attend the game as well.
In 1954 the International Association of Fire Fighters chose MDA as their “charity of choice.” For the last 56 years, Firefighters have made Fill-the-Boot their signature fundraising activity– directly helping families in their local communities who are living with neuromuscular disease. This was the 26th Annual Anaheim Fill the Boot, but the first at Angel Stadium.
MDA is a voluntary health agency working to defeat more than 40 neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive services and far-reaching professional and public health education. We receive no government or United Way funding, nor do we seek payment from the individuals we serve or their families. Services include physical, occupational and respiratory therapy, genetic counseling and testing, social services consultation and year-round patient care.
To learn more about the MDA/IAFF partnership, visit http://www.iaff.org/mda/.
For more information on the Angel Stadium Fill the Boot please contact MDA Orange County & Inland Empire Chapter at 714.245.0921.