The April 19th Car Show proved to be a great success, with some 350 classic cars and hotrods as well as a sprinkling of motorcycles. Along with rave reviews and articles in the Arizona Republic, approximately $5,000 was raised for the Yarnell Hill Fire Memorial Park. We would like to thank the generous sponsors who enabled our success. Sponsors included the Yarnell Emporium and the Ranch House Restaurant of Yarnell; Dads 4 Special Kids of Phoenix; Just Sell It, LLC and Nancy Perry Productions of Glendale; IAFF Local 3878 of Scottsdale and Charles and Marcia McMullen. In addition to sponsoring, Ruben Trujillo and his Barbecue That Comes to You set up to feed everyone at the American Legion.
Reata Pass Auctions, Inc. has contributed $700 to the Recovery Fund. Located in Humboldt, AZ, this full service auction house takes pride in being big enough to handle whole estates and small enough to provide the best customer service in the business. They specialize in antique firearms, furnishings and advertising memorabilia, jewelry, gold and silver coins, fine art, and Native American Artifacts. Provide auction facilities, online bidding and consignment services, further information is available on their website at http://reatapassauctions.com
United Dairymen of Arizona (UDA) has donated $300 for the purchase of memorial bricks. UDA is an agricultural milk marketing cooperative incorporated in 1960 and employing approximately 220 full-time employees. UDA resulted from a merger of two dairy associations to ensure a stable market for dairy producers and an adequate supply of fresh milk and dairy products of the highest possible quality for consumers. Membership consists of approximately 90 producers, averaging 1,200 head per dairy, representing approximately 90% of the milk in the state. Their modern manufacturing facility in Tempe operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is capable of processing 10 million pounds of milk daily. UDA is also the largest supervised kosher milk facility in the country, capable of producing over 1000 metric tons of kosher powder within two weeks. UDA is among the few remaining full service dairy co-ops in the country, offering their members installation, emergency repair, preventive maintenance, and transportation services along with chemical, equipment and pharmaceutical supplies. Visit their website at http://www.uda.coop
Felix Construction Company of Coolidge, AZ has donated $16,000 earmarked for Yarnell Water. Felix Construction is a general engineering contractor and construction management company focusing on water production facilities, well sites, booster pump stations; water treatment facilities; wastewater treatment plants; sewage lift stations; storm water pump stations; electrical instrumentation & controls; and custom industrial control panels. Along with construction management, Felix Construction offers a full range of services including pre-construction cost modeling, project scheduling, partnering and construction evaluation, equipment procurement and value engineering. The firm continues to find ways to give, whether through grassroots charity involvement, company-sponsored events, or affiliations with local, regional and national not-for-profit organizations, and they are committed to continually helping people in the communities in which they live and work. Visit their website at http://felixconstruction.com. Additionally, VP Donald Felix and his wife Renee have matched the company's donation with an additional $16,000 for Yarnell Water.
AddressTwo is a CRM software used by small businesses for customer relationship management. When the recovery group was originally organized, the need for tracking of donors, volunteers, media outlets and others was immediately recognized. Charlie Wiles was familiar with A-2 software from use in his business, and he contacted the owner/developer who generously donated the use of the program for a full year. It has helped the group to manage contacts, sort & segment leads, track activity, remember to follow-up, and even stay in touch with emails. When the first year of use ended, the company graciously agreed to allow another year of use. Many thanks to AddressTwo and to Charlie Wiles for this important tool.
Hawkins Design Group, Inc. in Mesa, AZ donated $1,630.00. Hawkins Design Group is a professional consulting engineering firm specializing in electrical, lighting, sustainable design, commissioning and energy audit services. As part of the project team, they supply clients with electrical system designs which maximize their capital investment, fulfill project requirements, and are constructed within budget. Among their 6,000 projects are White Tank Library and Nature Center, Penske Racing Museum, and the Victorville Airport.
Dave Starin of Prescott's Gunsite Academy donated over $3,000.00 in Defensive Pistol Classes to assist with fundraisers. Gunsite Academy offers firearms training to elite military personnel, law enforcement officers as well as to individuals. Their comprehensive training includes not only marksmanship, but also the principles of gun-handling and mind-set, offering instruction in handgun, carbine, shotgun, bolt action rifle and precision rifle, all taught by instructors who have served in law enforcement, the military or both.
Advanced Auto Service & Tire Centers of Mesa donated $1,000.00 worth of tires to recovery fundraising efforts. They provide complete automotive care, including repair, maintenance, tires and accessories. Since their first store opened in 1989 in Ahwatukee, they have expanded to 13 locations with 10 of those locations in the Phoenix metro area plus locations in Prescott, Prescott Valley and Flagstaff.
Theater Works in Peoria, AZ donated $9,477.00 from a September fund raiser. Theater Works was founded in September of 1986 as a non-profit community theater by a group of theater patrons. The organization provides opportunities for children, patrons and artists to experience theater that inspires, enriches and enlightens their lives through celebration of the performing arts. This season's offerings are listed on their website at http://theaterworks.org/live-productions/
West Valley Arts Museum of Peoria has contributed $568.00 from a September fund raiser, even as they find themselves without a permanent location. A non-profit institution, the museum is dedicated to preserving its collection of Ethnic Dress, Fine Art Prints and Arizona Art. The museum itself closed in September, 2009, and lost its building in December of that same year, but exhibitions have begun at the Peoria City Hall Art Gallery and will continue into the future with classes, appraisal days, lectures, demonstrations and concerts. Their intent is to rebuild with purpose and passion to provide local access to a global collection.
Leadership Challenge of AZ grew out of rigorous research that first began in 1982. In corporations and nonprofits, from academia to government, healthcare to technology, Leadership Challenge has helped millions of leaders gain clarity in their vision and purpose. And along the way, they've shown how when you empower those who follow to achieve their personal best, you can transform companies, campuses, and organizations anywhere in the world. One of their Five Practices of Leadership is "to encourage the heart," which they have done with their donation to our recovery.
Bruce Carson and the Dot Corp is a graphic arts service provider with 3 locations in Southern California. The company's core services are sheet-fed and web litho, digital print, grand format display, mailing, fulfillment and distribution. Many of these services are linked with their clients using custom IT applications developed in-house. The company provides a true one-stop experience with services they own, operate and control. They donated $1,000.00 to our recovery.
Leadership Challenge of Arizona is an organization that has as one of its core values "to encourage the heart" by keeping hope and determination alive. Their fund raiser gift of $360 is proof that they walk the talk. Leadership Challenge has helped millions of leaders gain clarity in their vision and purpose, and they have shown how when you empower those who follow to achieve their personal best, you can transform companies, campuses and organizations anywhere in the world.
H-1 Auto Care, LLC of Scottsdale has contributed $550 to the recovery effort. H-1 Auto Care is part of the nation's only Eco-Friendly Auto CareŽ chain, offering a full range of automotive service and repairs. Along with providing the best service, Honest-1 strives to ensure that customers are thoroughly educated on the systems and services necessary to keep their vehicles in the best running condition possible.
Four Seasons Travel of Phoenix has donated $500 designated for the uninsured. Since 1976 they have specialized in corporate travel, vacation planning, guided tours, cruises and more. Their website http://pleasegoaway.biz is not a demand but a commitment to their customers to provide individual attention and to go the extra mile to ensure a smooth and pleasant travel experience.
Kaye Huckelberry organized the very special fundraiser "Yarnell Rising - Voices from the Ashes" held at the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts in Wickenburg on Oct. 30. The event featured talent from Yarnell, Congress, Wickenburg and beyond, including Denise Roggio, the Highway 89 Blues Band, Charles Edwin Taylor and Camille Boyle. Thanks to the Del E. Webb Center for donating the use of its facilities for this very special event, to Kaye for her vision and dedication in organizing the event, and to all the performers who made the night so special. The event netted nearly $7,000 for the Yarnell Hill Recovery Group.
The goal of Official Tailgate Gear is to provide a one-stop shop where tailgaters of all sports, whether it is NFL, NASCAR, MLB, NCAA, NHL or NBA, a place to find the supplies, products, gear and gags to enhance the tailgating experience. They have received accolades from all over the U.S. They have appeared on numerous television stations and have been featured in several newspaper and magazine publications. Their donation totaled $450.00.
The Prescott Vette Sette Corvette Club's Burger Bash on Saturday, September 29th, was a huge success. Besides the money raised for the firefighters and their families, they donated $965.00 to the recovery fund. The Bake Sale held in conjunction with the Burger Bash and organized by the ladies of Lighthouse Bible Church and the Community Presbyterian Church netted an additional $657.00. Click to view the photo slideshow created by the Prescott Vette Sette Corvette Club.
Ed Walsh of Lamb GMC donated $10,000.00 to the Salvation Army specifically for the Yarnell Hill Recovery Group. Located at 400 Prescott Lakes Parkway in Prescott, Lamb Chevrolet has always been active in supporting community projects.
BrandNew Industries, Inc. in Santa Barbara, California, donated a custom branding iron with the YHRG logo. BrandNew Industries is a world leading manufacturer of custom branding irons and branding equipment.
Blue Knights Arizona Chapter 2 is the Yavapai County chapter of an international organization made up law enforcement officers, active and retired, who love to ride motorcycles and who share the desire to contribute to their communities. The oldest chapter in Arizona, the group contributed $1,125.00 to the recovery fund.
HRW Builders, Inc. of Scottsdale contributed $500 for the Yarnell memorial. Commercial projects including new construction and tenant improvements are the core specialty of HRW Builders, which opened for business in 2002.
The Knife Factory Outlet in Prescott Valley has donated $300 to the fund. Whether hunting or cooking, they have the knife for the job. They offer cutlery as well as gifts, gold, jewelry and incense.
The Industrial Company (TIC) is one of the largest industrial contractors in North America and is very proud to be one of the largest and most successful privately held companies in the country. TIC takes great pride in its community involvement, as that is one of the many ways they express their core value that they are "powered by people." It is their philosophy to participate fully in the community and always have a positive impact. They have done that with four separate donations totaling $2,900.00 to the Recovery Fund and to the Yarnell Fire Department.
The Yarnell Fire Department is the grateful recipient of new equipment valued at $110,000. Daniel Matlick, president of United Fire Equipment Co. in Tucson, presented Chief Jim Koile a list of donated materials from eight different manufacturers during opening ceremonies of the Annual Arizona Fire Training School on Sept. 5. The package of gifts which includes nozzles, hose, combination tools, helmets, goggles, uniform gear, a thermal imaging camera, breathing apparatus and accompanying spare cylinders.
During their Pass It On Day on 9/11, Jody Serey & Judy Haenel of The Tulip Tree in Glendale continued their 18-year tradition of giving out free roses. Anyone who asked received a free bouquet of a dozen roses, with the idea that one flower was to be kept and the remaining 11 were to be handed out to 11 different people. This year they set out donation jars for Yarnell residents and passed out copies of our current needs list. They report that all of the needs lists were taken, and they have forwarded over $600.00 from the donation jars.
Sponsored by the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce, the annual Fiesta De Septiembre recognizes Wickenburg's early Hispanic pioneers and kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month in Arizona. This year was the 25th annual fiesta, and the organizers collected over $700 for the Recovery Fund.
Notable donations to our fire departments were made by Charles & Leah Tidey of Yarnell ($500 to the Peeples Valley Fire Department), Donna & William Edmundson of Prescott ($500 to the Yarnell Fire Department) and Craig & Marsha Lohr of Yarnell ($1,000 to the Yarnell Fire Department). The Lohrs also donated $1,000 to the recovery fund.
Three churches donated this week: American Lutheran Church of Sun City donated $1,203, Christ's Church of the Valley in Peoria donated $3,336, Mountain View United Methodist Church in Cottonwood donated $1,000 and Restoration Covenant Church in Millersville, Maryland, donated $500.
Lockhead Martin Leadership Association of Prescott donated over $900 to the Recovery Fund. LMLA Prescott Chapter 566 seeks to better itself through professional development as well as service to the community and those in need. Through service to the community and constant efforts to build and develop professional skills, Lockheed Martin Leadership Association - Prescott Chapter 566 seeks to become a fixture in the local community through service and education.
Prescott's Mountain Artists Guild (MAG) donated more than 600. Mountain Artists Guild, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of the visual arts. One of the oldest visual arts organizations in Arizona, MAGG is a volunteer-based non-profit Art center which provides a learning center and gathering place for artists (members and non-members alike) to help enhance their creativity and skills, as well as for community organizations to meet.
Arizona Society for Respiratory Care in Glendale donated more than $400 to the recovery fund. AzSRC is a non-profit organization that supports respiratory care practitioners of Arizona.
Desert Southwest Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church in Phoenix donated $2,285. As Methodism's founder John Wesley said, "I look upon all the world as my parish," a reminder "that we are called to step out of our little corner of the world to spread the good news, transform hopelessness into hope and help God's children wherever they may be."
Two notable donations were received last week from individual donors. James & Scotty Sheehy of Aledo, Texas, donated $3,000, and Kim & Dianne Snyder of Vashon, Washington, donated $1,000.
Thank You Cards
Frances Lechner said she is in the process of having a version of the Yarnell Hill Recovery group thank you cards made for use by residents. She expects to have them done in about a week. The Recovery Group is asking for a minimum donation of about 30 cents for a card and an envelope, just enough to cover the cost of production. Donations above that will benefit the Yarnell Hill Recovery Group.
Prescott United Methodist Church Pastor Dave Alberts presented Pastor Paul Jones with a check for $16,000. On behalf of the members and friends of the church, the Legacy Committee is accepting monetary gifts, 100 percent of which are to benefit the victims of the Yarnell Fire. This effort is ongoing and we are grateful from their continued support.
The Yavapai Cowbelles have donated $500 to the to the recovery fund with more to come from their annual Calf Sale. The Yavapai Cowbelles is an auxiliary to the Yavapai Cattle Growers Association, and they invite everyone to join them for the 81st Annual Yavapai Cattle Grower's Association Calf Sale & BBQ on September 28th at West Fork Ranch.
Prescott Firefighters' Charities has donated $ 52,401.42 to the recovery fund from the Prescott Strong Whiskey Row Fundraiser. Special thanks, also, to the organizers of the event, Dave Michelson of the Palac, Matt Brassard of Matt's and Prescott City Councilman, Charlie Arnold.
Southern Unit of Yavapai County Search & Rescue Team has donated $600 to help in the recovery effort. A 100 percent volunteer organization whose members provide their own equipment, this dedicated group provides service to Yavapai County. They cover many search and rescue functions, "including ground-pounding (on-foot tracking), quads, 4X4?s, radio communications and more" and their help from the evacuation to the present has been amazing.
Wickenburg Presbyterian Church for help with the huge yard sale that netted $6,169.78. With so many donations of clothing, household goods and most anything imaginable, the donations were housed at the old round gym at Hassayampa School. As the distribution center was being closed, there was a need to deal with the donations remaining, and Pastor Sam Weinschenk and his team from Wickenburg's First Presbyterian stepped in to help sort, sell and then repackage all remaining items. We are grateful for their support throughout this process.
Earth Resources Corporation of Dewey has donated $445. A family-owned Arizona general contractor, Earth Resources is a medium-sized heavy civil construction company. They deal in both wet and dry underground utilities, road construction and building pad construction, with a particular interest and skill in storm water management infrastructure and project design/construction in fields such as water management, large solar installations.
Harbor Freight, located in the former Boot Barn in Prescott's Frontier Village, has donated $2,000 for the Loan-A-Tool program to assist in the rebuilding effort.
Many residents lost not only homes but garages and shed which housed their tools and equipment. The Loan-A-Tool program will enable these residents to borrow the equipment needed to bring putting their properties back together.
The Bull Shifters Bicycling Club of Phoenix visited Yarnell & Peeples Valley to support the residents in their time of need, donating $3000 selflessly donated by their members. $2000 of it was donated to the Yarnell Hill Recovery Group with the other $1000 given personally to local businesses in $100 increments. Jim Pettett, event coordinator, put the cash in cards he had made emblazoned with the BS logo, which included a handwritten heartfelt message from the club. Click to view pictures of their visit.
Kenny Drake, Owner of Wenzona Prescott Valley, LLC (Wendy's), has generously contributed $12,267 to the Yarnell Hill Recovery Fund. Wendy's was founded with the belief that a company should do more than sell a product or service; it should do the right thing and give something back. This contribution is a testament to Wendy's dedication to supporting the communities where it does business.
Wendy Nguyen of V&B Nails, LLC of Prescott donated $1,600 to be used to aid in our recovery efforts.
Elks Theatre & Performing Arts Center hosted an August 8th fundraiser to aid in Yarnell's recovery, and they have forwarded $3,591 from that benefit.
Koinonia PFD ,a group of current and retired Phoenix firefighters "who have gained hope and strength in the discouraging times of life through fellowship and opening God's word together," hosted a free hamburger/hot dog bash for Yarnell residents on August 17th in front of the bank in downtown Yarnell, collecting $440 in donations for the recovery fund. Nick Petrucci, event organizer, wrote: "It was a great honor to come and serve. We had an awesome time and enjoyed seeing the community eat and fellowship. We plan on coming up Sept. 29 with the Corvette Club to BBQ with them." Click to view the photo on their Facebook page.
Home Depot in Prescott and Prescott Valley wanted to plan a specific project in Yarnell, came to the Yarnell fire station on August 16th and completed prep work and built a base in front of the fire station to display the pine carving memorials for the fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots. They returned on August 20 with a larger team of volunteers and transformed the double wide mobile home adjacent to fire station used for sleeping quarters and meal preparation. Freshly painted walls and cabinets were only a start. They also repaired walls, fixed leaks, installed locker type cabinets for fire fighters to store personal items, replaced the malfunctioning range and hood, and installed new flooring throughout.
Gordon and Jacinda Swets of Mountain Aire Mini Mart in Peeples Valley were forced to evacuate like everyone else when the fire was raging; however, the next day they were asked to return and open the store so that firefighters and other emergency response teams could buy supplies and fuel. They not only returned, but they supplied the firefighters free drinks and snacks at their personal expense, donated gas vouchers to needy residents, and delivered groceries and pet supplies (via police officers at the barricades) to residents who could not leave. Since that time, they have donated funds both personally and through the store, and they continue to contribute through the donation jars in the store.
The SWSPGA Foundation, Southwest Section of the PGA, is the non-profit 501 (c)(3) arm of the Southwest Section PGA that has generously contributed $25,000 to the Yarnell Hill Recovery Fund. Raising funds primarily through PGA Golf Day, gifts to foundation, and various charitable programs, we are grateful for the tremendous support of our golf community enables the foundation to make such a generous gift.
Bo Adams, Pres. Vermeer Sales Southwest, has donated a refurbished BC 1000 commercial wood chipper valued at $14,000 to be used to aid in our clean up and recovery efforts. Local Landscaper Ken Headrick and Yarnell Community Center Executive Director Scott Shephard asked the company to lend them a chipper to help with clean-up efforts, never expecting to receive such a generous donation. President Bo Adams said, "It's an opportunity to give back to a community that suffered so deeply."
Charlie Fullmer of Builders Wholesale has contacted the manufacturers the company represents to ask for discounts for Yarnell residents. Heatilator, Heat N Glo, Quadra Fire and Harman have offered a $300 discount on retail items such as wood stoves and pellet stoves. Fireplaces may carry a deeper discount. Jotul, a wood stove company, has offered a 10 percent discount. Cascade, which makes vinyl windows, has offered a discount that will amount to a 20 percent discount over contractor pricing. Builders Wholesale is also talking to its door distributor about discounts. The store will offer the best possible discounts in an effort to help.
Amerigas Propane helped to prepare Yarnell for the return of residents who had been evacuated by sending service technicians, bulk delivery reps, grill cylinder delivery reps, operations managers, dispatch supervisors and a customer relations representative to locate and remove damaged tanks and cylinders after the fire, removing 300 fire-damaged tanks from the area. In addition to the recovery crews sent to the fire site, AmeriGas has donated $10,000 to the Yarnell Hill Recovery Group earmarked for the Yarnell Fire Department.
Thanks to Scottsdale-based Real estate lender and investor IMH Financial Corporation in Paradise Valley, which donated $5,000.
Thanks to the Devore Foundation in Wichita, Kansas, which donated $1,000. The Devore Foundation, created in 1953, is dedicated to supporting education, youth services, health care, social care, arts and culture in the community and is funded through a percentage of the annual profits from the several companies owned by the DeVore family.
Thanks to the Skull Valley Bible Church, which donated $2,000.
Thanks to AZ AirNet, www.azairnet.com, which supplied Internet service to the Yarnell Community Church and Yarnell Firehouse free of charge and increased the bandwidth to accommodate the many computers necessary to accommodate the Red Cross and Salvation Army, also free of charge. The company is now providing Voice-over-Internet-Provider (VoIP) service so that Rural Metro can provide dispatch services for the Yarnell Fire Department. The company has even worked weekends to upgrade the service when needed.
Helping Hands Hairstylists, a group of Hairdressers from around the valley, are simply "local people trying to do something for their communities." They provided free haircuts on July 21 at the Yarnell Community Presbyterian Church for over 20 Yarnell residents. THANK YOU, HHH!