The Bailey's Center Merchants’ Association (BCMA) raised $1,029 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Southwest Florida by selling shamrocks on St. Patrick’s Day 2011.
The BCMA first participated in the Shamrocks Against Dystrophy campaign in 2009.
Green and gold shamrocks, valued at $1 and $5 respectively, were sold at the participating merchants’ stores and displayed on their windows.
“We couldn’t have raised the money without the generous support of the visitors to Bailey’s Center,” said BCMA President Ken Kasten. “We are always grateful for the opportunity to participate in these events, and on behalf of the merchants, I would like to thank everyone who supported the MDA campaign.”
What your donation will help MDA buy:
• Annual flu shot - $30
• One minute of research - $85
• Support group session - $100
• Physical therapy visit - $150
• Initial Diagnostic Workup at an MDA Clinic - $300
• Annual repairs of Durable Medical Equipment - $500
• One week at MDA summer camp (1 child) - $800
The 15 merchants who are members of the BCMA are Bailey’s General Store, Bailey’s True Value Hardware, Coffee Bar @ Bailey’s, George & Wendy’s Corner Grill, Hillgate Communications, Island Cinema, Island Cleaners, Lily & Co. Jewelers, K O R Island Provisions, Nick’s Frozen Yogurt, Sanibel Barber Shop, Sanibel Shell Automotive, Select Vacation Properties, The Grog Shop and The Video Scene.
BCMA merchants, from left, include The Grog Shop’s Dave Cooper, Bailey’s Jeret Foshee, MDA Executive Director Marty Moorhead, Island Cleaners’ Joe Vanaman, Coffee Bar @ Bailey’s KJ Lynch, Sanibel Shell Automotive Ken Kasten and Hillgate Communications’ Jeremy Kane and Renee Cutaia.