Group coalesces to plan Sand Fire benefit Aug. 22

By From page A1 | August 06, 2014

Wanting to reach out to the victims of the devastating Sand Fire, many of whom have been left with little more than the clothes on their backs, a group of local business people, service clubs, government agencies and good-hearted volunteers have come together to put on a fundraiser to help them out.

To be held Aug. 22, the group has set itself an ambitious goal of attracting 2,000 people to a fun event that will feature food, music and prizes.

But more than anything, it’s a way of helping out neighbors who have lost everything due to the fire.

Noting the urgency of the fundraiser, Gordon Vicini, who is one of the leaders of the effort said, “We need to do it now and let people know we’re doing it.”

Spearheaded by Ron Thompson, Jim Carter, Vicini and their family members — others helping include volunteers from the Mountain Democrat, El Dorado County Watch, the Clipper, the El Dorado County Fair, Foothill 7 TV, members of Kiwanis, members of Thrive, staff from the county CAO’s and the Sheriff’s offices, MORE, the El Dorado Community Foundation, the Red Cross, Stymeist Auto Body and many more. No doubt by the time it’s over, hundreds of people will have helped in one way or another.

Sponsors of the benefit are welcomed. Requested donations are $1,000 and up.

The money raised by the fundraiser will go to those who had the biggest loss from the fire as some people had insurance and others didn’t. “We want to make sure the money goes to those who really need it,” said Vicini. “Those with no insurance and no job. Everyone suffered but we want to help those who suffered the most.”

Scheduled for Friday, Aug. 22, from 5 to 10 p.m., the Sand Fire Benefit will be held at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds’ Main Lawn.

Tickets for the benefit are $10 per person or $25 per family. The price of the ticket includes a dinner of pasta, salad, bread, watermelon and water or lemonade. Beer and wine will be available separately.

Dinner will be served from 5 to 8 p.m.

Entertainment will include music provided by the bands “Relic” and “Nobs” and will go from 5 to 10 p.m.

Relic plays classic rock and blues from the ’50s through today in addition to original music. The Nobs provide an alternative to “Classic Rock” with songs ranging from ’50s hits like “Little Sister” to streaming favorites of today such as “Raindance Maggie” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

There will also be all kinds of goodies raffled off to some lucky winners.

Those who would like to donate raffle prizes can drop them off at Thompson’s Toyota of Placerville, 140 Forni Road, Placerville.

Tickets will be available at various locations by Friday afternoon or Monday at the latest. Locations for purchasing tickets will be publicized later or call one of the numbers listed below on Friday for locations where tickets can be purchased.

People can also mail in a check for tickets or if they simply want to make a donation to the event. Make checks out to the El Dorado Community Foundation Attn: Sand Fire. Mail checks to the El Dorado Community Foundation, PO Box 1388 or 312 Main Street, Suite 201, Placerville, 95667.

For additional information, call the office of Joe Vicini Inc. at 530-622-1963 or Carter Kelly Inc. at 530-621-0950 or e-mail [email protected]

Information is also available on the Facebook page of El Dorado County Watch.

As one person on the committee said, “We are all neighbors in El Dorado County.”

Contact Dawn Hodson at 530-344-5071 or [email protected] Follow @DHodsonMtDemo on Twitter.

Dawn Hodson

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