Fairfax County Is First IAFF Local to Surpass $600,000 for MDA
September 6, 2013 – Fairfax County, VA Local 2068 broke an MDA fundraising record over the Labor Day Weekend, beating last year’s fundraising total by nearly $34,000, and becoming the first IAFF affiliate to raise more than $600,000. The total collected by Local 2068 is $602,500.
“I want to congratulate Local 2068 President John Niemiec and his membership for such an outstanding job this year,” says IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger. “Because of Local 2068 and all of our affiliates that participate in MDA fundraising campaigns, MDA has the resources it needs to help those affected by neuromuscular diseases.”
Niemiec says, “This year’s total is just incredible. I am very proud of the amount of dedication showed this year by our MDA Coordinator Joel Kobersteen and our entire membership.
He adds, “We are incredibly lucky to have unwavering support from Fire Chief Richie Bowers and our local elected officials. Without their support, we would not be able to get out there every Labor Day weekend for MDA.”
The Labor Day weekend was also a busy time for Fairfax County fire fighters who responded to multiple fires, including a six-alarm warehouse fire.
But even with the heavy call volume, the entire Local 2068 membership helped fill the boot. “Everyone from our dispatchers to our rank-and-file fire fighters was involved in some way,” says Kobersteen.
Dispatchers raised money through bake sales and raffles, contributing $20,000 toward Local 2068’s grand total.
Equally as impressive were efforts made by C-shift fire fighters at Fire Station 5. Over the course of just one shift, they brought in more than $20,700.
Kobersteen also credits this year’s success to increased media presence. The local was featured on the local ABC affiliate, as well as WTOP, a Washington, DC-based radio news station.