AFD Family and Friends,
Great things are happening in and for our AFD family. As you may know, Arlington Fire Charitable Group (AFCG), recently restructured a bit, namely to simplify our programs and processes. RAK and Sisterhood of AFD became fully integrated into AFCG and are now known as the Citizen Fund and Member Fund, respectively. Both will continue to serve their program objectives in the same way they always have. Read more here. We would like to thank everyone that has been faithful to support and serve these programs over the years – we could not have done this without you.
The Member Fund is now entering a season of serious fundraising and needs support. The Arlington Fire Ball was a big success this past year, and we cannot wait to bring it back. The Fire Ball, however, was definitely a start-up event with limited resources, causing us to spend more than we made. We were beyond happy to do it in order to celebrate all of you, but we need to do better this year so we can continue to do the important things, like supporting those in the department through their times of need and change.
But here is what is SUPER COOL about this year! We are hoping to have the next Fire Ball at Live! By Loews. Yes, that’s the hotel at Texas Live! We have a date selected and a fantastic contract pending, but we need to raise money to put down the deposit and ensure we have sufficient funds to pay for the event AND still provide support for this amazing department. With that, we have 3 amazing opportunities to raise funds: Arlington Firefighters Golf Tournament, Arlington Fire 5K (public event), and Arlington Fire Ball.
How can you help?
- Volunteer to help us plan and serve at our events. We have so many needs for others to support us with their time, and we can’t continue to run this race without you. Help us!
- Help us find event sponsors. We are actively seeking firefighter-friendly businesses to support our cause and events. We have a letter (find it below) you can use when you chat with businesses and information on our website for event sponsors.
- Help us get the word out to EVERYONE involved with AFD. We want to reach beyond Fire Ops and ensure all facets of the department get in on this goodness.
- Check out www.arlingtonfirecharitablegroup.com and follow us on social media for updates on what is happening and where opportunities to help are popping up.
We are so expectant for the great things in store for the Arlington Fire Department in 2019, and we cannot wait to see it unfold with our fire family by our side.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to any of us on the AFCG Board with any questions or concerns or incredibly warm words of approval.
With the utmost thanks,