The Muscular Dystrophy Association named Merle Heckman, of David James Homes the top fundraiser of a behind bars event during the May 21 Salem Red Sox game. Of the 150 business people who went behind bars, Heckman collected the most funds for MDA, totaling $7,250. More than $120,000 was raised during the event. Additional top fundraisers can be found the press release below from the MDA.
May 28, 2013- Roanoke Valley Executive Business Leaders Made a Muscle and Made a Difference last Tuesday, May 21st, at the Salem Memorial Baseball Stadium for local MDA Families of SW and Central Virginia. 150 business men and women went behind bars for “good” raising over $120,000!
Congratulations to our TOP “jailbird” Merle Heckman of David James Homes who collected $7,250! Merle also threw out the first pitch for the Red Sox game that night!
Special recognition also to Steve Sowder of AECOM who collected $2,860 and Keith Simpson of Davis H. Elliot Co. who finished with $2,654!
We’d also like to recognize our other V.I.P participants who collected over $2,000: Rob Vaughan of Carilion Clinic, $2,435; Karl Ford of MKB Realtors, $2,425; Jeff Shephard of Lynchburg Crane, $2,400; Bill Brenton of Merrill Lynch, $2,400; Nick Bobay of Excelis, $2,400; Lenny Wedge of Graham White Manufacturing, $2,170; Beth Thomas of Advance Auto, $2,067; Gary Aicher of Gary Aicher Consultants, $2,045; and Mary Caldwell of Virginia Truck Center, $2,040;
A Huge Thank You to the Salem Red Sox Management Team for allowing us to use their ball park and help in making this such a successful event!
The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is a national nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related neuromuscular diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive healthcare and support services, advocacy and education.