In addition to the AFFI 3 ft. lighted sign that we are raffling off to benefit MDA, your AFFI Executive Board recently approved a motion that will contribute $50 to each AFFI local affiliate’s virtual fill the boot in hopes that all 224 of our locals will at least match our contribution. We are more hopeful that you far exceed that amount in your virtual boot. For those locals that have already coordinated with MDA, and your fill the boot website has begun accepting donations, you will soon see a $50 contribution from the AFFI.

For those locals that have not yet coordinated with MDA, please contact Kelsey Tomko ( as soon as possible so that the AFFI can start you off with $50 in your boot.  It takes about 2 minutes to have your specific MDA webpage up and running. You can then drive your social media platform followers to this specific webpage to encourage a donation.

This is one more example of the COVID pandemic wreaking havoc on something we have always done. Yet, like we always do, we found a path to help those in need. MDA needs our help and it’s our sincere hope that you will step up like you always do.

Again, please contact Kelsey ( in order to set your local’s webpage up as soon as you can.

I’m confident IAFF local affiliates in Illinois can lead the nation in MDA contributions. Let’s make it happen.


In Solidarity,

Chuck Sullivan, President

Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois

927 S Second St

Springfield, IL  62704

(217) 522-8180

Every summer, the AFFI Executive Board hosts a fundraiser to benefit MDA.  While the fundraiser has been canceled for 2020, we have an exciting opportunity for one lucky individual to win a custom steel AFFI lighted sign, while still raising funds for MDA.

To enter, simply click on one of the dollar amounts listed under “Incentives” on the left side of  Our Fill The Boot Page and make your tax-deductible donation. The winner will be pulled on Tuesday, December 1st.