Two-day ‘Hootenanny’ will raise funds for firefighters

A two-day Wildland Firefighter Hootenanny will be held April 14 and 15 at the Coarsegold Rodeo Grounds on Road 415 to benefit The Wildland Firefighter Foundation.

The foundation’s purpose is to honor, recognize, and support wildland firefighters, past, present, and future, and to provide resources to assist fallen and injured firefighters and their families.

Based in Boise, Idaho, the foundation is the recognized organization that provides immediate financial and crisis assistance to families of fallen and injured wildland firefighters.

“When I realized that there were no fundraising events in our area for this foundation I was shocked,” said event Chairperson Erin Capuchino. “I know I had to do something - it helps that many of my friends are USFS firefighters and Cal Fire men and women. Our Southern Yosemite Region has been hit close to home and heart by wildland fires and we depend on the more than 300 Wildland firefighters that live and work in our mountain communities.”

The two-day event will include a variety of vendors, display of wildland firefighting equipment, silent auction, raffles, beard competition, firefighter spouse of the year award, and a barbecue dinner on Saturday night with four live bands and a waffle breakfast on Sunday morning.

Adult tickets for the barbecue cost $25 and $15 for children. The Pines will be donating $5 per person to the foundation.

Details: Text (559) 308-1767, erincapuchino@gmail.com, www.wffhoot.weebly.com.