DES MOINES — On Thursday, Taco John’s of Iowa, Inc. will present a check in the amount of $31,501 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Central Iowa (MDA). The presentation will take place at noon at the Taco John’s on Ingersoll Avenue in Des Moines.
This gift is a result of participating Taco John’s of Iowa restaurants selling MDA Shamrock’s during its Shamrocks Against Dystrophy event in March. The funds will go to support the 564 families that MDA serves in Central Iowa and will send 39 local children to MDA Summer Camp in Monticello, where children with neuromuscular diseases attend camp free of charge to the families for one week in the month of June.
MDA is a voluntary health agency supporting programs of worldwide research, comprehensive services, advocacy and professional and public health education for muscular dystrophy and related diseases. The Association’s programs are funded almost entirely by individual private contributors.
MDA’s Shamrocks Against Dystrophy program directly helps local families affected by muscular dystrophy and related diseases. Camp attendees spend a week playing sports, swimming, fishing, horseback riding and participating in scavenger hunts, dances and games.
“The research is vital, but I would have to say the MDA Summer Camp injects just as much life into the kids that attend it — they call it the ‘best week of the year,'” says Danielle Etter, executive director of the Central Iowa Chapter of the MDA.
“I am extremely proud of our restaurants’ staff for teaming up to raise more than $30,000 for the great work the MDA does for families,” says Jeff Brands, president of TJIA. “This was another record year for our fundraising efforts for MDA, and we have our wonderful family of Taco John’s customers to thank for that.”