Thank You!

After the cookout, the fundraising, the events, and everything we did to achieve such success and support for our inaugural first responder in need effort, Cady Robinson (137), we wanted to wrap things up in a way to draw it to a conclusion everyone could enjoy!

This was the flyer for Cady!

We designed certificates of appreciation and thank you cards to distribute to the dozens of businesses, groups, and individuals who all gave something to the effort. Whether it was an item for the Silent Auction or Raffles, counter space for the containers , services from their businesses, time and help organizing events, or any other contributions they made, we knew the part we looked forward to was acknowledging the heart and spirit of a small town: taking care of each other!

Here is an example of one of the certificates!

In the spirit of this effort, members of our board made their rounds, passing out the certificates and cards. The recipients were thrilled and several now proudly display them in their businesses!

Here is a close up of the wording of the thank you cards:

We will begin our next fundraising effort after the first of the year. If you have a suggestion for a first responder in need, please email all pertinent information to wfpd65355@gmail.com so the board can bring it under consideration!

Thank you so much to you, the members, visitors, residents, and more who supported and continue to support our efforts to help first responders in Benton County!

Thanks to Your Amazing Support…

…we not only met our goal for Cady, but we SHATTERED it!

The amount of support for not only Cady, but the Warsaw Firefighters Benevolence Fund as a whole was phenomenal! We were absolutely amazed and delighted by the response from the public to our project and look forward to continuing our work for years to come.

Our current plan is to take a break from fundraising to give other fundraising organizations a chance. We hope that you will be just as supportive and generous with their goals as you were with ours!

If you have a Benton County first responder to recommend to our group, please submit their name, contact information, and story via our Contact Us page.

Look for more updates on our previous and upcoming events soon!

A Heartfelt Thanks to a Hometown Restaurant!

In the process of creating a brand new benevolence fund in Warsaw, we were overwhelmed by the immediate response of the community at large! There was so much support!

One of the biggest contributors so far has been a hometown restaurant we’ve all known: Mom’s Kitchen!

When the owners and staff of Mom’s Kitchen found out about the Warsaw Firefighters Benevolence Fund (and Cady in particular), they promptly jumped into action to support our fledgling organization!

On August 5, 2019, firefighters from the Warsaw Fire Protection District brought out fire trucks and set up tents in front of Mom’s Kitchen. The staff of the restaurant cooked up hamburgers, cheese burgers, and hot dogs to serve as part of the $5 meals to sell in the tent out front. The $5 meal included any one of the above plus a drink, chips, and a cookie. ALL of the money generated in the tent was donated to the WFBF!

Mom’s Kitchen went another HUGE step further. Michelle Crabtree (owner) pledged all of the proceeds from the sales inside the restaurant that day to the WFBF as well! As if that wasn’t already an overwhelmingly generous gesture, Michelle also pledged to continue fundraising in the restaurant throughout the month of August!

We were absolutely amazed, overwhelmed, and grateful for this small-town business who has gone above and beyond the call of duty for one of our local volunteer firefighters and the Warsaw Firefighters Benevolence Fund!


A couple of weeks after that event, we were able to visit with members of the staff and the owners to take pictures with them and thank them for their donations!

Thank you to Vincent and Michelle Crabtree (Owners), Bonnie Kerley “Mom” (Manager), Wes Kerley (Assistant Manager and Butcher), James, Ray, Brandon, and Trevor (Cooks), Mindy, Missy, Macy, Angie (Waitresses), Dakota “The Fort Maker/Mascot”!

Michelle and the staff presented WFBF members with a check! Thank you so much! Words could never express our appreciation!

Introducing Our New Site!

Hello, everyone!

My name is Sam Henley and I’ll be the public voice of the Warsaw Firefighters Benevolence Fund here on our new website!

Let me tell you a little bit about the WFBF and then we’ll hop right into a “tour” of the new site!

The Warsaw Firefighters Benevolence Fund was established by active volunteer firefighters for the Warsaw Fire Protection District who became aware that one of their own (Firefighter 137, Cady Robinson) developed severe health problems. Her treatment (without going into too much detail for HIPPA reasons) is going to cost a lot and this wonderful crew wanted to pull together to help her! (Amazing, right? This is why I love working with them!)

The WFBF is overseen by a board whose members include Dave Bruns, John Powell, Bill Simmons, Glenn Spencer, and myself. The board fulfills several jobs, including but not limited to: choosing the first responders who will receive assistance, generating and implementing ideas to raise money for the fund, seeking sponsors, organizing and holding events, and keeping the community engaged and informed of our efforts and progress!

Now on to the site “tour”, without further ado! First, we have our Home page which is where we outline the purpose and mission statement for the WFBF. Next comes the Events page where we list upcoming appearances and events. After that is the Photos page where you can find photos taken of and by the members of the WFBF at different events and while doing things to benefit the group. Following that is the Raffles page where we list upcoming raffles, drawings, silent auctions, etc. and the prize pools for each. Subsequently, the Sponsors page lists all of the individuals and businesses (those who wish to be named) who have donated items, money, given us a place to put the canisters, or contributed in some way to support the WFBF and our first responders. Our immense gratitude to these sponsors can never be put into words! Finally, we have our Blog feed where we will keep you updated on our progress, upcoming events, and any other information we need to release. We would love to have you subscribe to the blog so you can receive an email when it is updated!

We will be adding more pages as the need arises!

Above all, we want to thank the community for embracing our efforts to help first responders in need! Without you, all of this would not be possible!

Stay tuned for more information on how YOU can help!

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