The Fairfield Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation started off the New Year by donating to three great charitable causes. The January 12th check presentations were the first for the new Foundation and help get the feeling of giving off on the right foot.
Joe Rainis, Treasurer of the FFFCF said smiling at the ceremony, “It’s a great day for us because we get to see results of many long, hard hours of work that our members put in to help raise this money for these great groups.”
The first check presented by the FFFCF was a check to the “Get in Touch Foundation” a local organization that helps young woman understand why early detection of breast cancer is important. The group’s founder Mary Ann Wasil Nilan was on hand to explain more about her Foundation and the great work that they do for the community. Money for the donation was raised through the sale of Pink T-shirts, which Fire Fighters wore on duty, during October’s breast cancer awareness program.
The FFFCF’s second check was presented to the Muscular Dystrophy Association on of Local 1426’s long time charities. “The IAFF and Local 1426 have been long time supporters of the work that MDA does and we are happy to continue on with that tradition.” foundation Secretary Chris Tracy stated. The IAFF is the leading fundraiser for MDA donating millions of dollars in the 50 year partnership to help find a cure for Neuro Muscular diseases.
The final check of the day was presented to the Bridgeport Hospital Foundation for the Connecticut Burn Center, Connecticut’s only burn center. Local 1426 has been able to donate over $15,000 to the burn center over the last two years as the Center completes a total remodel to update it to a state of the art facility. Phil Higgins, one of the FFFCF directors told the crowd, “The remodel to the Connecticut Burn Center became very personal to Local 1426 when one of our own had to be treat there last year for burns he received fighting a string of arson fires in our Town. We are happy to be able to pay it forward and make the center a place where the best care is given to the victims who need it.”
Monies for the MDA and Burn center donations were raised by the Local’s annual Santa express ride. The ride heads out each year in early December with Santa to help raise money for these great charities.
“We are very pleased to be able to present these checks today, the first three of our brand new Foundation” stated Bob Smith, President of Local 1426 and Foundation, “We hope this is the beginning of many more to come.”
In all check totaling over $10,400 were presented at Fairfield’s Station two, a great start for the new Fairfield Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation. If you would like to make a donation to the Foundation you may send your tax deductible check to the FFFCF at 600 Jennings Road, Fairfield Ct. 06824