The Markets grocery store chain raised $24,624 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, as part of a monthlong February fundraiser.
Customers were given opportunities to make $1, $5 or $10 donations to the nonprofit organization, which represents 2,000 families in western Washington who have children affected by neuromuscular diseases.
“I was positively humbled by the enthusiasm, support and competitive spirit I found at The Markets,” Andrew Shanafelt, MDA fundraising coordinator, said in an April 12 press release. “This year, The Markets raised enough money to send more than 30 kids to MDA summer camp. Because of The Markets, and their commitment to supporting the community and fighting muscle disease, MDA will continue our quest to find a cure for muscular dystrophy, Lou Gehrig’s disease and other related neuromuscular diseases.”
Those who made donations could write their names on paper shamrocks, which were placed around The Markets stores.
Nearly 20,000 shamrocks were signed by donors throughout the fundraiser.
The Markets has partnered with the MDA over the past decade to raise more than $100,000 to send kids to summer camp, fund research, offer support groups and make repairs to durable medical equipment.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association is online at www.mda.org.