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Marketplace Foods participating in MDA Shamrocks campaign

Marketplace Foods in Bemidji will take part in raising funds to help transform the lives of children and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related neuromuscular diseases during the 40th anniversary MDA Shamrocks campaign to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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Marketplace Foods is taking part in the MDA Shamrocks campaign from Feb. 9 to March 22 .
(Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer)

BEMIDJI — Marketplace Foods in Bemidji will take part in raising funds to help transform the lives of children and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related neuromuscular diseases during the 40th anniversary MDA Shamrocks campaign to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

More than nine Marketplace Foods locations in the North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin area will take part, a release said.

From Feb. 9 to March 22, Marketplace Foods and KJ’s Fresh Market is adding an iconic paper Shamrock (pinup) to their purchase at check out for just $1, $5 or a larger contribution.

Marketplace Foods joins thousands of other retail locations throughout the country in this year’s program — the nation’s largest St. Patrick’s Day-themed fundraiser, the release said.

“Thanks to the generosity of Marketplace Foods and KJ’s Fresh Market employees and customers, we can help MDA fund their research and efforts through the Shamrock Campaign, helping the 300,000 families who live with a neuromuscular disease” said Randy Jaeger, Johanneson's Inc. vice president of retail operations.

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The MDA Shamrocks program benefits the organization’s shared mission to fund groundbreaking research across diseases and provide families with the highest quality care from the best doctors in the country, including best-in-class multidisciplinary care at the MDA Care Centers.

Funds raised also make MDA Summer Camp possible for North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin area children, the release said.

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