North Fork fire department barbecue April 27

By Volney Dunavan / Community CorrespondentApril 17, 2013 

The annual tri-tip barbecue fundraiser for the North Fork Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Kennedy Hall at North Fork Elementary School. The complete meal will be available for take-out.

The afternoon will also feature drawings and a silent auction. Prizes include art work donated by Mountain Area artists, gift certificates to many restaurants and fire department themed clothing and toys. A holiday in Breckenridge, Colorado is one of the top prizes.

Over the years, this event, along with the sale of reflective house number signs and station clothing, has raised more than $80,000 for North Fork Station 11 Volunteer Fire Department.

Much of the funds have been raised for the new fire station which will soon be dedicated on the site of North Fork's old lumber mill. The new station is a public/private collaboration with $496,000 coming from the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians and a HUD grant they were awarded, along with $400,000 from Madera County and land worth about $97,000 from the North Fork Community Development Council. Additionally, Ponderosa Telephone donated the phone lines and Cal Fire is providing the signage and communications equipment.

The auxiliary funds have mostly been used for specialized equipment, kitchen cabinetry and appliances.

Auxiliary president Sandy Chaille believes most people are not aware that the fire department volunteers are only paid for fire calls even though the bulk of their responses have to do with medical emergencies and other needs.

"This is a service the volunteers are happy they can provide for our community," Chaille said.

Cost of the barbecue is $8 at the door and $7 pre-sale from any auxiliary member or in front of the North Fork Post Office during the week before the event. Tickets cost $6 for seniors and $5 for children 10 and under.

Details: Linda Maddox, (559) 877-4458 (evenings).

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