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Boston’s Fire Fighting Bachelors Auctioned Off to Benefit Local 718’s Fill the Boot for MDA Fund


Who:     Boston Fire Fighters Local #718, 10 Boston Fire Fighter bachelors, Boston Cannons LAX dance team and the Muscular Dystrophy Association

What:    $10 at the door, which includes two drinks courtesy of Bacardi and Sam Adams, access to the patio cook out and the chance to win a date with one of Boston’s most eligible fire fighters

When:    Cook out 4-8 p.m., auction 8-10 p.m., Thursday June 9

Where:   Dillon’s Restaurant and Bar, 955 Boylston St. Boston

Why:     The nation’s first fire department, Boston Fire Department (IAFF Local #718), will be celebrating the halfway mark of their summer-long “Fill the Boot” fundraising drive for MDA. Local 718 personnel will be manning the grill on the patio from 4-8.  Later that evening, the Boston Cannons LAX Dance Team will be hosting the bachelor auction which features dinner dates with 10 of Boston’s most eligible fire fighters. Organizers hope to raise $10,000, with all proceeds directly benefiting MDA’s Boston chapter through Local 718 “Fill the Boot” fund.

The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) is MDA’s largest sponsor, having contributed more than $400 million since the partnership began in 1954. Seventy-seven percent of every dollar raised from this event provides services to 2,500 residents of Massachusetts living with muscle disease.

MDA is a voluntary health agency working to defeat 43 neuromuscular diseases through worldwide research, comprehensive services and professional public health education.

In addition to funding ground-breaking research, MDA maintains 200+ hospital-affiliated clinics nationwide, including seven in the Greater Boston area. Funds raised by this event will also support  MDA’s summer camp for children with muscular dystrophy at Camp Allen in Bedford, N.H

Bachelor: Mike Dunnigan
Occupation: Boston Fire Fighter, Engine Company 42, Roxbury
Birthday: July 19
Prior to being a fire fighter:
•    Served in the United States Air Force
Might not know about him: Has an identical twin who is also a Boston Fire Fighter; His puppy Tessie is named after the Dropkick Murphy’s song
Favorite Quote: We make a living by what we get, But we make a life by what we give- Churchill
Favorite TV Shows: 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, Rescue Me

Bachelor: Sean Milliken
Occupation: Boston Fire Fighter, Ladder Company 1, The North End
Birthday: August 28
Prior to being a fire fighter:
•    Served for 4 years in the United States Navy
Favorite Books:  A Criminal and an Irishman, Basketball Junkie
Favorite TV Shows: The Jersey Shore, Sons of Anarchy
Favorite movies: Conned

Bachelor: Paul Blaikie
Occupation: Boston Fire Fighter, Engine Company 50, Charlestown
Birthday: September 30
Prior to being a fire fighter:
•    Was in the United States Air Force Security Forces
Might not know about him:  Participated in the Warrior Dash; Promotes for Top Shelf Entertainment
Favorite musical Artists: T.I., Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, DJ Costa
Favorite movies: The Town

Bachelor: Shawn Michael Brown
Occupation: Boston Fire Fighter, Engine Company 28, Jamaica Plain
Birthday: June 23
Prior to being a fire fighter:
•    Served in the United States Coast Guard – stationed at Cape Cod Canal
•    Studied guitar at Berklee College
Might not know about him: Started a band with a few of his friends
Favorite bands: Pearl Jam, The Foo Fighters, The John Butler Trio
Favorite movies: Anchorman, The Sandlot, Shawshank Redemption, Boondock Saints

Bachelor: Ryan Ross
Occupation: Boston Fire Fighter, Engine Company 8, The North End
Birthday: March 18
Prior to being a fire fighter:
•    Studied Interior Design at Marymount University
Favorite athletes: Paul Pierce, Georges St. Pierre, Rob Drydek, Ray Allen
Favorite musical artists: Michael Bublé, Taylor Swift
Favorite TV shows:  The Jersey Shore, True Blood

Press release courtesy of the Muscular Dystrophy Association