Taking care of their own

Taking care of their own

The Fork in the Road to host fundraising drive for families of Arizona firefighters who lost their lives 


By Carl Kozlowski 07/18/2013

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Sometimes a funny gag can lead to some seriously good results, and Pasadena’s giant Fork in the Road sculpture is a prime example. 
Created in October 2009 as a humorous birthday gift for Bob Stane, owner of the Coffee Gallery in Altadena, the sculpture is a replica of a fork that is 20 feet tall and weighs 500 pounds, with its teeth embedded in the ground. 
The fork was relocated from its original location near the Coffee Gallery in October 2011 and has since been the hub of numerous charity events at its new location at Fork Plaza at 200 Bellefontaine St., just south of Pasadena’s Huntington Hospital. 
On Friday and Saturday, the fork will be the location of a fundraising drive for the families of the 19 Prescott, Ariz., firemen who lost their lives while fighting a wildfire on June 30.
Off-duty and reserve firefighters from the Pasadena Firefighters Association, Local 809, will collect cash and checks made payable to the Yarnell Hill Firefighters Fund, with 100 percent of all donations going to the cause. 
The collection hours will be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
“All the events at the fork up until now have provided a need to our community in terms of collecting food, donations and toys for the less privileged,” said Phil Coombes, who conceived the idea of using the fork for charity drives. Coombes heads the Fork Foundation, which spearheads these charity campaigns.
“The reason I am putting this event together is because I see a real need to reach out to the families of the firefighters that risked and lost their lives in this horrific fire,” Coombes said. “It is important to these families to not only receive financial support but also community and emotional support to help them get back on their feet. By supporting these families, you are also sending a message of support to all the local firefighters that risk their lives on a daily basis to keep us safe.” 
For more information or to volunteer with the drive, write to phil@agentphil.com.

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