Texas is no stranger to droughts, but the eleven months from October 2010 through July 2011 have been the driest in Texas since 1895. Despite burn bans and heightened awareness, extreme wild fires have been taking over the state, creating the worst fire season in state history. As of August 3rd, local firefighters throughout Texas had responded to over 16,368 fires which have burned close to 3 and a half million acres.
Coupled with the stress of failing water supplies, these men and women are exhausted and, at times, pushed to their limits. Add to that the financial burden of sustaining these local (mostly volunteer) fire departments and the entire situation becomes desperate.
After learning about successful fundraising efforts which have raised several hundreds of thousands dollars in Ellenboro, West Virginia for their local fire department, a group of us from LF Ranch, Kenney Financial Services and Main Street Resources decided to develop a similar event benefitting all the fire departments within Eastland County: Carbon, Cisco, Desdemona, Eastland, Gorman, Olden, Ranger, and Rising Star.
Fire Fest 2011 will be held Saturday, October 29th at Lone Cedar Country Club in Eastland , TX , beginning at 5:00pm. Fire Fest will include BBQ dinner, live entertainment including Rodney Hayden and Charla Corn, dancing, games, door prizes, and a raffle drawing for a Polaris Ranger and much more.
We believe this will be a fun and exciting way to support our local fire services, but it will take a lot of volunteers to make it a success.
***Tickets go on sale September 15th. **
FIRE FEST TICKET- $50-Admission, dinner, band
RAFFLE TICKET-$100- Admission, dinner, band, and entered into raffle drawing
BURN BAN TABLE- $300 - Reserved table of 8 Fire Fest tickets (standard price $400)
T-shirts for sale prior to the event at the local Fire Departments as well as on site at the event $15 each in black or white "In Honor of all those who fought for our county spring 2011."
Sponsorship opportunities include:
911 SPONSORSHIP- $100-$499 cash or item of value, Listed in program
1 ALARM- $500-$999 -name & business on flyer and announced at event, 2 Fire Fest tickets, & 1/4 page ad in program
2 ALARM- $1000-$1499– T-shirt, name & business on flyer and announced at event, 4 Fire Fest tickets, 1/2 page ad in program, your name or business will be placed on the center of one of the tables at the event in a tasteful display
3 ALARM- $1500 & up– T-shirt, name on flyer & on T-shirt and announced at event
Go to our website www.eastlandcountyfirefest.com or email FirefFest2011@yahoo.com for more information, or call one of the following:
Sponsorships, raffle items, door prizes…………..Stacy Lynn/ 817-676-8031 or 254-758-2818
Marketing & Public Relations……………………………………Kady Cannon/ 254-631-7708
Music Coordinator………………………………………………Bret Robinson/ 817-559-4618
Event Coordinator………………………… Angela Robinson / 254-592-9303 or 254-629-3863
On behalf of all Eastland County Fire Departments, thank you. God bless all our men and women who keep us safe!
Fire Fest Event & Raffle conducted by:
Main Street Resources—Eastland, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization
P.O. Box 324 / Eastland , TX 76448
Your gifts and donations are tax-deductible.