NEWS RELEASE (Grimes, Iowa – September 2, 2022) – On Friday, August 26, 2022 Fareway hosted the 12th Annual Fareway MDA Golf Classic presented by 7-UP to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) of Iowa. This year’s record-breaking event took place at Beaver Creek Golf Club and raised $188,670. Funds raised for this event go towards research, care, and advocacy for families in our community living with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related neuromuscular diseases.
“More than 200 golfers joined us for a beautiful day on the course raising vital funds to help move MDA’s mission forward,” says Jacki Klutcharch, MDA Account Director, Fundraising and Communications. “Fareway has been a partner of MDA’s for over 30 years and has helped make a direct impact on the progress we have made in research, bringing 17 FDA-approved drugs to market to help families in Iowa living with neuromuscular diseases.”
At this year’s event, MDA honored Jeff Wrage of 7-UP Keurig Dr. Pepper with the MDA Hero Award, given to an individual or company for their unwavering commitment to MDA.
“Jeff has been an integral part of the Fareway MDA Golf Classic from the very first year,” said Klutcharch. “He is always supporting us and being there in any way he can. He is a big part of the event’s legacy of success and therefor it only seemed fitting to honor him for his amazing commitment to MDA.”
“The Fareway MDA Golf Classic has become a beloved, annual tradition over the last 12 years – garnering more than $1 million in proceeds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Iowa,” said Fareway CEO Reynolds W. Cramer. “We are so appreciative of our generous partners, who have been instrumental in the event’s continued success and for making a real difference in the lives of our MDA families.”
Funds raised at the Fareway MDA Golf Classic presented by 7-UP go towards groundbreaking research, life-enhancing educational programs, a resource center, advocacy, and support for multi-disciplinary medical teams at the MDA Care Center at the University of Iowa. They also help more than 2,900 individuals living with neuromuscular disease in Iowa and send local kids to a transformative experience at MDA Summer Camp - all at no cost to families.
Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is the #1 voluntary health organization in the United States for people living with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related neuromuscular diseases. For over 70 years, MDA has led the way in accelerating research, advancing care, and advocating for the support of our families. MDA’s mission is to empower the people we serve to live longer, more independent lives. To learn more visit mda.org and follow MDA on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and LinkedIn.