Chicopee firefighters raise funds for Muscular Dystrophy Association

Hampden County

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The Chicopee Fire Department raised more than $13,000 for the Muscular Distrophy Association.

Fire Chief Daniel Stamborski along with his fellow firefighters from Local 1710 spent three days at the Walmart in Chicopee for the “Fill a Boot” drive in September to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Local restaurants also held “Tip a Boot Fundraisers” and raffles to help spread awareness.

The Fire Chief and Chicopee Firefighters Local 1710 presented a check Thursday with the proceeds they collected during their annual Fill the Boot Drive. Chicopee Fire Lt. Katie Collins-Kalbaugh told 22News this is the largest amount they’ve ever raised. She said they wouldn’t have been able to do it without the work of the community.

“It brought the community together. Some of our local bars and restaurants participated with a tip the boot fundraiser and they really got competitive about it which really helped us raise a large amount,” said Lt. Collins-Kalbaugh.

The business that raised the most money gets the “Top Fundraiser” Boot Trophy. For the second consecutive year, the Colonial Cafe raised the most at more than $2,600.

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