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2014 Muscle Team Dinner and Auction to support MDA

Posted September 18, 2014 in Web Exclusives

Altoona, IA As part of the national “Make a Muscle Make a Difference” campaign, MDA hosts the 2014 Muscle Team Dinner and Auction event Wednesday, October 15th, and featuring local MDA Ambassador kids to be recognized for their courage in the face of a devastating disease. The “muscle” behind this event includes the support of current and former professional Athletes, as well as the involvement of many companies and individuals.

The MDA Muscle Team Dinner is presented by Casey’s General Stores along with generous partners such as MobileMoney, Flint Hills Resources, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Pepsi Co/Frito Lay Inc., and Seneca Corporation.

Athlete Members of the 2014 MDA Muscle Team include the 2012 AL Golden Glove recipient and Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Jeremy Hellickson, former University of Iowa and NFL wide receiver Tim Dwight, Sprint Car Driver Brian Brown of the Casey’s General Stores/FVP #21 team, former Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Casey Blake, and WWE legend Sgt. Slaughter. More athletes and sponsors to be announced in the coming weeks.

The event will be held at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino with proceeds benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Also attending the event will be the 2014 Iowa State MDA Goodwill Ambassador Sarah Ehrenfried, from Fontanelle, IA. Sarah will be joined by various MDA ambassador families as honored guests. The event will consist of a silent auction, dinner, awards presentation, live auction and a special donation to support MDA Summer Camp. The event begins with an exclusive VIP Reception at 5:00 p.m. followed by evening activities beginning at 6:00 p.m.

The event will also help send Des Moines area youngsters to a special week at MDA summer camp at Camp Courageous in Monticello, IA. Kids with muscle diseases, as well as the many volunteers who help create magic at MDA summer camp each year, enjoy a wide variety of activities designed specifically for youngsters with limited mobility. Some activities include horseback riding, swimming, basketball, and arts and crafts.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. It does so by funding worldwide research; by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement.

MDA maintains a nationwide network of some 200 hospital-affiliated clinics — 38 of which are designed as MDA/ALS centers — that provide unparalleled medical and health care services to adults and children with neuromuscular diseases. Families in greater Des Moines are encouraged to visit the MDA clinics at Unity Point Des Moines or the University of Iowa.

For more information about the MDA Muscle Team Dinner and Auction Presented by Casey’s General Stores, please contact Katie Sturgell at 319-393-8905 or kknepper@mdausa.org.

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