The inaugural fundraiser held by Hoops for Heroes and First Responders Benefit was a smashing hit. The Black-Tie Gala was the first event held by the new organization dedicated to ensuring that our local first responders have access to training and safety equipment that may have not been offered due to budget cuts. The First Responders Benefit's main vision is to continually raise funds that can be used by first responder agencies to help financially support training and officer safety equipment that may not have been available without these funds.
This inaugural event was held on June 18th at the Pioneer Crossing Convention Center. What originally was just an idea to host a single event has grown into an entire organization, with plans to continue the Gala as well as adding additional fundraisers. The gala was attended by 73 people and featured a silent auction, raffle, and key-note speaker. Mr. Bart Chambers spoke to the audience regarding the importance of continual training and officer safety. The gala raised a net total of $11,200, enough to cover the needs of the LCSO and make a donation to the Yerington/Mason Valley Fire Department, as well as setup the organization.