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For Immediate Release
December 2, 2013

Sheri Costa-Batis
Public Communication and Engagement Manager

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Redwood City Fire Department's Create a Smile Foundation to Host
Fundraiser for Fire Victims of 531 and 926 Woodside Road
All proceeds from 12/7 BBQ and Raffle will benefit residents
who experienced two recent 6-alarm fires

Redwood City, Calif. - The Redwood City Fire Department's Create a Smile Foundation will be hosting a BBQ and Raffle Fundraiser on Saturday, December 7, 2013, from 2-5:30pm, at Fire Station 9, 755 Marshall Street in Redwood City. All BBQ ticket and raffle proceeds will benefit the more than 150 displaced residents of two apartment buildings at 531 and 926 Woodside Road that burned in separate 6-alarm fires in recent months.

The fundraiser will coincide with Redwood City's signature holiday event Hometown Holidays. The Create a Smile Foundation will have a Hometown Holidays booth where people can purchase BBQ tickets or simply make a donation to fire victims. Tickets, which cost $8 for adults and $5 for children, are also being sold on the day of the event at Fire Station 9, 755 Marshall Street. The raffle will include prizes such as a signed 49er football by Coach Jim Harbaugh and other 49er memorabilia, a dinner at the fire house, a scholarship for a spot in the Fire Department's popular Junior Fire Academy, dinner and wine in Napa and more.
"Being a firefighter goes beyond putting out fires," explains Chief Jim Skinner. "Being a firefighter also means you answer to a 'call of duty' that's about helping fire victims long after the fire is extinguished. And that is what this fundraiser is all about - trying to lend a helping hand to residents who experienced those two six alarm fires and need continued assistance."

The Create a Smile Foundation is sponsoring this event. All money collected through tickets sales, raffle, and donations will be given to those impacted by the recent tragedies. The Fire Department will work directly with the collaboration (Redwood City, County of San Mateo Human Services, the American Red Cross, and other essential non-profits) that continues to assist the fire victims with their long term recovery plan, to disburse the funds to those who need the continued assistance.

About Create a Smile Foundation
Established in 1993 by the Redwood City Firefighter's Association, Create a Smile is a foundation that gives back to the community, specifically to people who are victims of tragedy, violence, and misfortune and have little to no income. The Foundation particularly targets helping children.
For more information, see the event flyer. Community members can also email the Redwood City Fire Department or call at 650.780.7400.


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