(Sept. 16, 2010) — Since 1955, MDA has built bridges and knocked down barriers for youngsters with neuromuscular diseases by providing an unforgettable week at MDA summer camp, largely in part this summer through the efforts of the ERA Justin Realty teammates who are pictured, Ilene Harpuder, Soila Columbie, Carol Calamari, Cathy Vick, Fara Espandi, June Incorvaia with granddaughter Leah Welch and Broker, Ron Darby, all who are invited to attend the MDA VIP Summer Camp day to be with the kids.
Ron Darby said, “It has been the focus of our entire staff of agents to raise tax deductible donations to send as many children to MDA summer camp as possible and it all came together at the MDA Lock-up at the Park and Orchard Restaurant, East Rutherford. We reached out to all of the business firms and individuals we transact business with throughout the year to send in their donations large and small. Donations were pooled in an effort to send children to the tri-state MDA summer camp for a week. In the past we had focused on raising funds for MDA research, but we now focus to give these children an immediate positive experience. Due to the untiring efforts of our staff and those who donated, the MDA youngsters will enjoy a week in the country in a structured environment to fit their abilities. The fundraising event included our New Jersey MDA Goodwill Ambassador, Madison Lemke, age 11, who attended with her mother, Lori Lemke.
Special thanks also to the Rutherford Police Department and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department who arranged transportation for those willing to be locked up until they raised their MDA bail. Of course, it was all in fun. ERA Justin Realty raised over $7,000.00 for this single event. Our ERA Justin Realty team of over 35 Realtors never stopped until our summer goal for our MDA youngsters was met. We are now continuing to exceed our goal.”
Each year MDA supports nearly 90 summer camps across the country. Whether in Alaska or Hawaii, in California or New Jersey, at MDA camp barriers simply don’t exist. A child with a disability can just be a child among friends. MDA camp is a magical place offering a wide range of activities specially designed for young people who have limited mobility or use wheelchairs. MDA camp programs, although structured, are conducted in a relaxed atmosphere that gives campers an unmatched opportunity to develop lifelong friendships, share interests and build self-confidence. Activities range from outdoor sports such as swimming, boating, baseball and horseback riding to less physically demanding programs like arts and crafts and talent shows. Thousands of youngsters attend MDA camp each year at no cost to their families.
Be a volunteer or a sponsor by sending your tax deductible check made payable to MDA and mail it to MDA c/o ERA Justin Realty Co., 118 Jackson Ave., Rutherford, N.J. 07070. The firm is now continuing their MDA Summer Camp fund-raising activities, preparing for next year. If you have questions on this great program for the kids, call us at 201-939-7500.
To reach the ERA Justin Realty team with questions about being part of the MDA team or with real estate questions, they can be reached at their Rutherford office at 118 Jackson Ave., Rutherford. By phone at 201-939-7500, 201-438-0588 or 201-438-SOLD. Additional real estate information is also available at the firms thousands of homes Web sites at www.ERAJustin.com and www.ERAJustinRealty.com.
— Submitted press release and submitted photo