Kirkwood develops relief fund for fire victims
June 29, 2007
Kirkwood Mountain Resort has established a relief fund and a collection site for food and clothing to assist those affected by the Angora Fire in South Lake Tahoe. Temporary lodging is also being provided to employees and their families.
Portions of Kirkwood’s Angora Fire Relief Fund will be directed to Kirkwood employees and their families who have been displaced or lost belongings; additional funds will be sent to the American Red Cross to help other South Lake Tahoe residents.
The Angora Fire has impacted many lives in South Lake Tahoe, including many employed at Kirkwood. The homes of at least two Kirkwood employees have been completely destroyed and several other families are displaced and waiting to return home.
Collectively the Kirkwood community is responding to the needs of employees. Homeowners have opened their residences to those employees needing temporary lodging, clothing, food and basic necessities. The Angora Relief Fund has been created to assist victims over the longer term as the impact will be felt for many months.
“Our thoughts are with all of those affected by this fire,” says Chip Seamans, Kirkwood’s Chief Operating Officer and General Manager. “The Kirkwood Community has close ties to the South Lake area and is working together to help our staff and others who are waiting to return home or rebuild.” Seamans continued.
The first to donate to Kirkwood’s Angora Fire Relief Fund was Chuck Cobb, Chairman of Mountain Springs Corporation which owns Kirkwood Mountain Resort. Cobb donated $1,000 to help initiate the drive. The relief fund now has over $5,000 to aid those in need.
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Donations are being accepted at the Kirkwood General Store and the Lodging Front Desk and will be gratefully accepted at the KVFD barbecue on Saturday, June 30. Also, checks can be made out to the Angora Fire Relief Fund and mailed to the Kirkwood Community Association at PO Box 158 Kirkwood, CA 95646.
For more information about Kirkwood relief efforts, please call 209-258-6000 or visit http://www.kirkwood.com.