Englewood received two plaques for the work done by Englewood Fire Department volunteers, who raised $22,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association during the Labor Day weekend’s annual “Fill the Boot” campaign.
Sabrina Allen, director of the Denver office of MDA, said she was glad Englewood is working on the project.
“It takes an army to make Fill the Boot work,” she said during the Oct. 7 city council meeting. “Englewood firefighters worked hard and did an amazing job.”
She was at the meeting to present plaques recognizing the firefighter’s efforts. One plaque was presented to the city and accepted by Mayor Randy Penn. The second plaque was presented to the fire department and was accepted by Fire Chief Andy Marsh.
The presentations drew applause from the audience and a comment from Councilmember Rick Gillit.
“It is amazing what the firefighters do to help raise the funds that will mean so much to someone else,” he said. “The firefighters did a great job and I appreciate the effort of all those who took part in the project.”
Dan Ally, Englewood firefighter/engineer, spearheads the local “Fill the Boot” project.
“This was a total department effort,” Ally told the city council. “We had all 55 firefighters helping out at some time during the project. We had firefighters on duty but we also had firefighters who volunteered their time to help with the fund-raiser.”
He said Englewood began the most recent Fill the Boot project participation in 2010, when they raised about $2,000.
“We have raised more each year and this year, we set the goal at $2,001,” he said with a smile. “The extra dollar on the goal was so we would collect more than Cunningham Fire Department.”
He said everyone worked hard and even went to the University of Colorado-Colorado State University football game to help Denver Fire Department cover the event.
Ally said it was a plus that Marsh took part in the project.
“It was great to have him working with us,” the firefighter said.
The total collected in the three-day effort was $21,990. Allen said she put in the final $10 to raise the total to $22,000.
Planning is already underway for next year’s Fill the Boot project, and Ally said the goal will be to raise $22,001.