SANIBEL ISLAND, Fla. - The Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona killed 19 firefighters on June 30, 2013. The deaths of the Granite Mountain Hotshots marked the nation’s biggest loss of firefighters in a wildfire in 80 years.
On Saturday July 20th, 2013 Tarpon Bay Explorers will donate all proceeds taken in from rentals and tours to benefit the families of the firefighters who were killed. This will include all guided tours, bicycle rentals, standup paddleboard rentals, pontoon rentals, fishing charters and kayak and canoe rentals.
Tarpon Bay Explorers is located within J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge.
Wildland firefighters with the refuge and from around South Florida will also host a chilli cook-off and family fun event on Saturday, July 20, 2013, benefitting the same cause.
That event takes place at the Golden Gate Fire Department, located at 14575 Collier Boulevard in Naples, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Chance tickets will be sold for great prizes, with a raffle at 1:15.
Other activities include opportunities to see the fire trucks, fire-fighting airboats, swamp buggies and the Rookery Bay Reserve Prescribed Fire Team’s “Attack Truck”.
There will be fire gear and hose ‘lays” for the kids to spray water and get a feel for what being a firefighter is all about. You can also vote for your favorite firehouse chili.
For more information on the Sanibel fundraiser, contact Tarpon Bay Explorers at (239) 472-8900 or visit their website at www.tarponbayexplorers.com.