RE / MAX and Benefit RC raise $ 50,000 for VFD du lac | New
Building on the momentum of past events and the desire to return to the lake, the sixth annual RE / MAX Lakeside Dreams Poker Run fundraiser recently reported its highest amount to be distributed among the volunteer fire departments. from the lake region.
RE / MAX handed out checks Thursday for a total of $ 50,000 to be split between 287 R / C Fire & Rescue, Kerens Volunteer Fire Department, Mustang VFD, Eureka VFD, Mildred VFD and Southern Oaks VFD.
“We are so grateful to our volunteer fire departments for giving this community their most valuable asset, their time,” said John Teel of RE / MAX. “They also risk injury and their lives. “
John thanked the many volunteers who helped organize the event, the Benefit RC board members and the owners of The Harbor restaurant for the breast donation.
What started as a need for a new engine for Richland Chambers Lake’s only lifeboat has evolved into a thriving non-profit organization with a mission to “power the firefighters”.
Teel said he and his wife Julie started the Benefit RC nonprofit after raising $ 10,000 to repair the 287 R / C Fire and Rescue boat and continued the annual Poker Run on the Lake to raise funds for all VFDs by the lake.
“We are planning to purchase personal protective equipment and a Jaws of Life hydraulic rescue tool,” said Mike Schroder of 287 R / C. “This fundraiser was very beneficial, not only for our department, but also for others. “
Southern Oaks VFD deputy chief Van Wagnon said his department was planning to purchase a large brush truck, which could be used throughout the region.
“We got a grant from the Forest Service, but we need to find an additional $ 20,000,” he said. “This money, along with the funds raised from our chili dinner, will be used to achieve our goal. “
Wagnon said his VFD is on a nine-year waiting list for the truck and once in service it will be the crown jewel of the department.
“It will go to house, car, fires and grass fires,” he said. “It will produce 12,000 gallons of foam. It will be the best thing we have ever had.
Due to COVID-19 precautions, the real estate agency hosted last year’s fifth annual ‘Fuel the Firefighters’ fundraiser as a series of virtual events including Zoom parties, a sale silent auctions and t-shirt sponsorships.
The event has raised a total of nearly $ 220,000 since its inception, all of which went directly to local agencies.