PHOENIX – Arizona Ford dealerships have donated $19,000 to the 100 Club of Arizona in honor of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots with the Prescott Fire Department who lost their lives battling the Yarnell Hill fire near Prescott, Ariz., on June 30. Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Dearborn-based Ford Motor Company, is matching that donation, bringing the total to $38,000.
Additionally, individual Ford dealerships have also made important contributions to the cause. Jones Ford of Wickenburg, Ariz., held a 4th of July BBQ and car wash event that raised nearly $12,000, which was matched by the dealership for a total just shy of $24,000. Those funds were donated to the Yarnell Disaster Relief Fund, which is being managed by the Arizona Community Foundation and will benefit residents of Yarnell and People’s Valley who were directly impacted by the fire. Greg Galpin, owner of Galpin Ford in Prescott, Ariz., also made an additional $10,000 donation to the 100 Club. Ford dealerships from Arizona and around the country have been encouraged to contribute additional funds to the cause.
“Ford is proud to be part of a community that comes together to help those in need,” said Mark Witthar, Phoenix regional manager, Ford Motor Company. “Although no amount of money can erase this tragedy, we are committed to doing what we can to help. The 19 firefighters and their families are in our hearts and prayers, as are members of the community who have been impacted by the fire.”
The 100 Club of Arizona has responded with the standard line of duty death assistance in the amount of $15,000 to each of the 19 families, and the organization is continuing to assess each family’s individual needs. Contributions made to the 100 Club’s Survivors Fund in memory of the Granite Mountain Hotshots will cover travel arrangements and hotel accommodations for the funerals and memorials, replacement safety equipment for the fire departments, injured firefighters and their families, peer support/counseling, scholarships and other immediate or future needs. The 100 Club also is supporting the emergency operations team and all fire personnel on scene.
Contributions to the 100 Club of Arizona can be made online at www.100club.org.