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NEVADA CITY, CA November 17, 2021 – Nevada County has been touched by wildland fire for the past few years. The Jones Fire and River Fires destroyed homes within our community and were stopped after great efforts by fire crews from many local, state, and federal agencies. Many of the state’s largest fires occurred this year and all local fire agencies sent personnel to assist those communities in desperate need.  Individuals risk their health and safety to help save lives and property whenever and wherever they are called. At times they pay an awful price, other times the ultimate price.  Wildland Firefighter Foundation provides support to families when a wildland firefighter death or injury occurs.

Golden Era Cocktail Lounge, 309 Broad Street in downtown Nevada City, wishes to honor firefighters by hosting the Firefighters Thanksgiving, a benefit for Wildland Firefighters Foundation. They invite the public to join firefighters on Monday, November 22nd from 5:00pm until 9:00pm to raise funds and celebrate all fire service personnel and first responders.

Complimentary Welcome Punch and a special whiskey cocktail await you. Appetizers are being provided by Jason from The Ham Stand and Antonio Ayestaran Catering.  Raffle prizes will be drawn, and a silent auction will be held. Tickets are $25 per adult and are available through a link at the Golden Era and Local 3800 websites, or directly here: https://wff.givecloud.co/product/FUNDRAISER-FirefightersThanksgiving/donation-for-the-firefighters-thanksgiving-dinner.

Typically closed on Mondays, Golden Era felt celebrating fire personnel was important enough to cancel their day off. “First responder hold a special place in our hearts and we determined it was the least we could do to miss our day off in their honor,” said Cindy Giardina, owner of Golden Era. “We wanted to celebrate first responders in a manner that allows everyone the opportunity to participate.”

Local 3800 member Patrick Sullivan is working with the Golden Era to put together a memorable event. “There will be an antique fire truck parked outside and numerous opportunities to offer contributions,” said Sullivan. “We know many won’t have time to spend the evening but want everyone to feel comfortable stopping by if they just want to say thanks or make a contribution.”

“We approach each duty day prepared and willing to serve,” said Clayton Thomas, President of Nevada County Professional Firefighters Local 3800. “We’re grateful for organizations like Wildland Firefighter Foundation who raise funds all year long to provide support to our families should we not return home from a wildfire.” Thomas stated that Golden Era and their event sponsors make firefighters feel appreciated on a local level. “We are honored by the recognition and support.”

To learn more about the Wildland Firefighter Foundation or to make direct donation please visit their website at https://www.wffoundation.org

For more information about Nevada County Professional Firefighters 3800 you are invited to visit http://www.local3800.com

For more information about Golden Era Cocktail Lounge please visit http://www.goldeneralounge.com