For the last decade Central Emergency Service personnel and volunteers have spent their Labor Day weekend collecting funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and this year that effort raised a record total of $16,128. Each year the Fill the Boot team has either equaled or broken their previous year's total, and this year they squeaked past last year's record of $16,100 by $28. "We would like to thank the local citizens of the Kenai-Soldotna area for their great generosity during the recent Muscular Dystrophy Fill the Boot fund raising effort. The community support was overwhelming. We inaugurated some of our new personnel this year, we call them our street walkers for MDA, we give them the boot and have them ask the community to dig deep to help MDA find a cure for Muscular Dystrophy," said CES Fire Marshall Gary Hale, alias Captain Burn-E the fire prevention clown.
"It was also a tremendous asset to have the Freestone family again at the CES station for the weekend greeting people, Adam and Justin are past MDA ambassadors to the state and it was a great opportunity for folks to meet their very courageous parents Ardon and Kathy during the drive," added Hale.
Alaskans who suffer from all of the muscular disorders covered by the Muscular Dystrophy Association are the beneficiaries of these funds. "From your help, Central Emergency Services has raised over $122,000 over the last ten years for this worthy cause. Once again residents of the Kenai Peninsula have shown their giving and caring support. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts," said CES Chief Jeff Tucker. Gordon Orth and Gary Hale were the MDA coordinators for the 2004 event. The monies were taken to Anchorage and presented during the Jerry Lewis Labor Day MDA Telethon.
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