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.
Kid donates all of his lemonade stand money to MDA.
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.