MDA Toast to Life gala raises more than $27,000

The MDA Toast to Life Gala was held Sept. 25 at Paint River Landing. The event was the first of its type in the U.P. and was designed to raise awareness of the 43 different neuromuscular diseases under the MDA umbrella. The event raised more than $27,000 to help toward funding groundbreaking research and programs. Close to 100 business, community and civic leaders attended the event.

CRYSTAL FALLS — The Muscular Dystrophy Association has announced that the inaugural Toast to Life of Upper Michigan Gala, held at the Paint River Landing in Crystal Falls, raised more than $27,000 to help free kids and adults from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases that severely weaken muscle strength and mobility.
    Close to 100 business, community and civic leaders attended the unique event. Guests enjoyed a night complete with silent, live and a special “Children’s Art” auctions; great food; and a special ceremony honoring Robbie Ivey of Iron River and the late Roger Stoor of Crystal Falls.
    Guests came together to raise funds and awareness to find urgently needed treatments and cures for families in the Iron County area affected by muscle-debilitating diseases.
    “The MDA Toast to Life of U.P. is fortunate to have such a dedicated group of committee members, volunteers, MDA staff, all who have worked passionately to present this impressive event,” said event co-chairs Deb and Bill Weis. “It has been an honor and privilege to serve as the 2017 co-chairs. We extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to all those who start each day determined to make a difference, including our sponsors, supportive businesses and other professionals, our special team of volunteers, including the steering committee and auction committee, and our generous attendees.”
    Proceeds from the event will go toward helping MDA of Upper Michigan to fund groundbreaking research and programs, including support groups and medical care to the 90 families it serves in the area, including eight affected by ALS.
    There are 150 MDA Care Centers across the country, including the MDA Care Center at Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield and at Prevea Health in Green Bay, in addition to MDA Care Centers in Milwaukee and Madison. The MDA also sends local kids to “the best week of the year” at MDA Summer Camp at no cost to their families.
    Donations are still being accepted through the end of the year. To make a donation or for more information about MDA’s services, contact the Green Bay MDA office at 920-499-4571.