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52-Mile Walk Planned for Dec. 9 to Raise Funds for Wildland Firefighter Foundation


To all Forest Service employees and others interested,

The recent event on the Esperanza Fire has affected us all. The families of our brothers from San Bernardino Engine 57 who lost their lives are in our thoughts and prayers. With this event, and all other tragic events this fire season, the Wildland Firefighter Foundation has been there for each and every time. The Eldorado Interagency Hotshot Crew feels it is their duty to now try to give back. We are in the planning phase to organize a fundraiser to help support the Foundation.

Our Mission: A 52 mile walk in Sacramento, California, in support of the 52 club that the Foundation hosts. We are inspired by Ken Perry and his run to support the 52 club. As of now, our walk will be on the American River Parkway, from Discovery Park to Folsom Dam, and back. Our tentative date is December 9th, 2006, rain or shine. Through sponsors, donations, and pledges, we plan to raise as much money as possible to give to the Foundation that supports our injured and fallen brothers and sisters in the fire community. The Foundation assisted us this season when we went through our own event on the New York Peak Fire in which we had 6 injured firefighters..

What we need: An event like this will take some work and we need your help. We need to get this message to as many people as possible. We are excited about this opportunity to give back to our community, get the public, media, and other agencies involved, and most of all, support our fellow firefighters and their families that need our help. If you are interested, please respond ASAP via email or phone at the contacts below.

If you are unfamiliar with the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, please visit their website at http://www.wffoundation.org/.

Our organization is being established, and grows every day. We can't wait to hear from you and have you participate in this day with us. Thank you in advance, and we will get back to you soon with more details. Visit our website at www.eldoradohotshots.org for more details and updates.

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