Lowe’s marks MDA $10K goal with hula
by JOYANNA WEBER, Banner Staff Writer
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LOWE’S MANAGERS Charles Millsaps, Gary Hodge,  Jeremy Roberson, Danny Chamberlain and Leroy Woodard celebrate exceeding their fundraising goal of $10,000. Chamberlain had said if the store raised $10,000 he would wear a grass skirt and stand on the side of Paul Huff Parkway. He delivered on his promise. Banner photo, JOYANNA WEBER
LOWE’S MANAGERS Charles Millsaps, Gary Hodge, Jeremy Roberson, Danny Chamberlain and Leroy Woodard celebrate exceeding their fundraising goal of $10,000. Chamberlain had said if the store raised $10,000 he would wear a grass skirt and stand on the side of Paul Huff Parkway. He delivered on his promise. Banner photo, JOYANNA WEBER
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The Cleveland Lowe’s celebrated raising $10,544 for children with muscular dystrophy to attend camp this summer.

The fundraising drive is an annual event at Lowe’s in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

“Last year, we only did about $4,000. Last year was my first year at this store and I thought we could do a whole lot more than that,” Danny Chamberlain said at Friday’s celebration.

He issued an incentive. Raise more than $10,000 and he would do a hula dance.

Money is primarily raised through Lowe’s associates asking people if they would like to donate.

As the store grew closer to its goal, more managers were convinced to wear grass skirts in celebration, if donations met expectations.

Lowe’s customers enjoyed giggles as the managers did hula dances Friday.

Chamberlain, a manager at the store, said he is thankful for the support the community showed for this cause.

“It takes about $800 per child to send them to camp (through the MDA program),” Chamberlain said. “Our store goal was to send 10 kids to camp, so we majorly exceeded that.”

Funds raised at the Cleveland Lowe’s will go to assist local children with muscular dystrophy.

Chamberlain said the opportunity costs so much because of travel expenses involved in sending children to camp. He said MDA picks a different opportunity each year.

“One year they might go to a swim camp, the next year they may go to a horse camp,” he said. “It’s a real good program.”

Human resource manager Charles Millsaps said the majority of money was raised by asking customers to donate for shamrock symbols at the store.

Professional contractors who work with Lowe’s also made contributions. Millsaps said the contractors had a mini-competition going on among themselves.

Associates also held a few silent auctions among themselves to raise money for MDA.

“MDA combats neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive medical and support services, and far-reaching professional and public health education,” according to the association.