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Surprise, firefighter charities raising funds for Yarnell fire victims

SUPRISE, Ariz. -- In response to the death of 19 firefighters near Yarnell June 30, the City of Surprise is uniting firefighters, vendors and residents to raise funds for surviving families at the community’s annual Fourth of July fireworksevent at Surprise Stadium.

In Sun City West, a local hair salon is collecting donations to turn over to the 100 club for the firefighters' families.

Surprise Firefighters Charities will be accepting donations to help support the families of the Prescott-based Granite Mountain Hotshots who died fighting the Yarnell Hill fire. The city of Surprise will donate the proceeds of its share of food and beverage sales at the event, and stadium food vendor Aramark will contribute a portion of its share of sales.

The Fourth of July celebration is composed of two events: a Rookie League baseball game between the Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals, and a spectacular fireworks demonstration following the game.

Firefighters will be staffing tables at the stadium to accept donations and operate a raffle of baseball memorabilia during the game, and opportunities to remember the fallen and make a contribution will extend into the evening and the fireworks show.

“The celebration is always a high point in our community, and this year, it will also be a chance for us to come together, remember, and help,” said Mayor Sharon Wolcott. “Whether you come for the ball game, the fireworks or both, you will have the opportunity to bow your head in memory of those who died, and to contribute to the support of the families who mourn them.”

The baseball game begins at 5:30 p.m., and fireworks are expected to begin at approximately 8:30 p.m.

There is no charge to attend the Fourth of July Event.

Meanwhile, in Sun City West, Gwen Reese, owner of A-Affordable Hair, 13930 W. Camino del Sol, is collecting money for the firefighters' families. The salon is open until 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 623-584-8399.

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