MDA Black and Blue Ball Draws Hundreds

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PLAINS TOWNSHIP---It was a big night for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The 14th annual Black and Blue Ball was held at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Luzerne County Friday night.

WNEP was a proud sponsor.

Scranton attorney Christopher Arnone has been an MDA board member for about 17 years.

"It's a beautiful thing the MDA does for some really good kids who need it and count on it," said Arnone.

There were silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing for about 400 people.

This event is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the MDA.

Money raised goes to help local adults and kids with neuromuscular diseases.

It pays for medical supplies, research, and therapies.

It also allows kids with neuromuscular diseases a special place to go each summer.

"We also have a summer camp where our MDA kids can go to camp like anybody else, they can do what any other kid can do. And they have one-on-one aides and it's free to them and their families," said Nicole Jorgensen of the MDA.

The local MDA helps about 800 clients in Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania.

Among those clients is 6-year-old-year old Noah Sienkiewicz of Plymouth.

His parents said the MDA has helped them tremendously.

The reason he has a scooter is because of the MDA, they helped get it from pride mobility and this year he's going to the summer camp to be with kids like him. He has trouble keeping up with the kids at school," said Noah's mother, Amy Sienkiewicz.