GRASS VALLEY, Calif. December 14, 2018 – The Gold Country Lions Club of Grass Valley, together with the 52 Lions clubs in northern California, joins the rest of the country mourning the losses suffered in the November 2018, Camp Fire. This fire almost completely wiped out the Town of Paradise, along with the neighboring communities of Magalia and Concow, east of Chico in northern California. The past decade and beyond has demonstrated that catastrophic wildland fire knows no boundaries. Any of our homes, neighborhoods, businesses and communities in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada region and beyond can be affected by a similar apocalyptic disaster.

Like so many others, our hearts ache as we wish there was some way that we could help lessen the losses these survivors are living with. The Gold Country Lions have prepared a calendar, “Paradise is not Lost,” and will be available locally for purchase starting the week before Christmas and into 2019. We hope that the sales from the calendar will generate another source of funds to support the displaced families and businesses in this devastated area.

While there are many relief efforts underway to support the survivors in the Paradise area, there is always more that can be done to help the many displaced families and businesses in their long, tedious and painful journey to re-establish their lives and livelihood. While the calendar shows some of the devastation and loss caused by this catastrophic fire, the main focus, however, is reflecting on what the Paradise area was and what it can be again. We are trying to reinforce that there is always hope that will rise from the ashes. PARADISE IS NOT LOST, and we want to do our part as Lions to help the survivors recover. The purchase of a calendar will remind you of your donation throughout the year and help us all to remember that the healing and recovery for the impacted families could last a life time.

Calendars will be available for a $20.00 donation in western Nevada County at a number of retail outlets. They can also be purchased directly from the Gold County Lions Club, as well. Your check can be made out and sent to:

Gold Country Lions
304 Sutton Way #31
Grass Valley, Ca. 95945.

Proceeds generated from the calendar sales will go directly to aid those affected by the fire.

For additional information, please call Ken Eslick at (530) 802-5359 or Tom Parilo at (530) 263-2115. You may also visit our website at

Together, we can help lessen the burdens of the Camp Fire survivors!