NORFOLK, Va. — The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) has been a steadfast supporter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association for the past half a century with the well-known, annual “Fill the Boot” fundraising campaign.

On Saturday, June 29th, the Virginia Beach Fire Department along with City Officials and Fire Departments from across the entire Hampton Roads region will be at Harbor Park in Norfolk to kick off this year’s ‘Fill the Boot” campaign. 

Fire Chiefs or representatives from Suffolk, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, York County, James City County, Yorktown, Williamsburg, City of Poquoson and Newport News, local professional firefighters, along with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA of Greater Virginia) will be at the event.

Taking place in the Press Box at the Norfolk Tides’ Harbor Park, the event will feature notable speakers including City of Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander, Fire Chiefs from local area fire departments, City Council members and other government officials.

“We couldn’t be more proud to kick off this year’s Fill the Boot campaign alongside the inspiring, selfless individuals of the City of Suffolk, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, City of Chesapeake, Portsmouth, York County, James City County, Yorktown, Williamsburg, Newport News, Federal Fire Fighters who make a profound impact on our families’ health, wellbeing and quality of life,” said MDA Fill the Boot Lead, Darcy Warren. “Together with their unwavering Fill the Boot support, we will raise critical funds and awareness to empower kids and adults in Greater Virginia with life-enhancing resources and support that will open new possibilities so they can live a life without limits.”

This year’s Fill the Boot campaign officially begins In July and will run through September throughout these different cities.

Funds raised through 2019 Fill the Boot events help MDA’s efforts to fund groundbreaking research and life-enhancing programs, such as state-of-the-art support groups and Care Centers, including the MDA Care Center at CHKD. 

Click here to learn more about Fill the Boot.