Fill the Boot Fundraising Campaign for MDA at Arlington Heights Rd and Palatine Rd

Interview with MDA Fundraising Coordinator Amber Pichiotino and MDA Ambassador Seth Goldberg, including ‘Fill the Boot’ scenes at Arlington Heights Road and Palatine Road in Arlington Heights.

Arlington Heights firefighters were out with their boots in their hands seeking donations for MDA (the Muscular Dystrophy Association) at Palatine Road and Arlington Heights Road Friday afternoon. Earlier in the day firefighters were at the downtown Arlington Heights Metra station, and several grocery stores raising funds for MDA.

Arlington Heights firefighter Ted Peterson was this year’s firefighter coordinator, which brought 40 active and retired firefighters, including a past coordinator retired fire lieutenant John Jarosz out to help. The firefighters have been helping MDA for twenty years.


Fundraising Coordinator Amber Pichiotino reported that last year Arlington Heights firefighters raised $4,800 in one day. This year’s amount is expected to be even higher.

Seth Goldberg, the MDA ambassador for 2011, served as a supervisor for the fundraising campaign. He has been active in the fundraising before and is a friend of firefighters, especially firefighters out of AHFD Station 4, which serves Jewel-Osco where Seth works.

VIDEO: More scenes while fundraising for MDA at Arlington Heights Road and Palatine Road on Friday, June 3, 2011.

Twenty-six local families that are registered with MDA rely on the Muscular Dystrophy Association for help. Danny and Maria Ortiz were on hand at Palatine Road and Arlington Heights Road with their son Luciano, who requires round-the-clock care. He had a great time sitting in the reserve fire engine that was parked nearby.