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Community rallies together to help raise funds during annual AMFD BBQ
Community means everything on Anarchist Mountain.
That was evident on July 12 at the seventh annual barbecue and fundraiser for the Anarchist Mountain Fire Department (AMFD).
More than 100 people attended the event held at the Summit Centre on Highway 3.
The fundraiser featured a silent auction with many “cool” items donated by local businesses.
“We have a great community and it’s wonderful to see everyone enjoying their neighbours and supporting the fire department,” said member Mark McKenney, who co-ordinated the barbecue.
The event raised approximately $6,000, thanks to support from 104 sponsors.
McKenney, president of the Anarchist Mountain Community Society, said the AMFD’s goal is to secure a permanent water source by rejuvenating the existing pond on Sasquatch Trail. The big expense is getting power to the site.
“There’s nothing that puts the fear of God in us more than a puff of smoke in July and August,” McKenney told the crowd after dinner.
And what a dinner it was.
Firefighter Urs Grob and rancher Art Harfman were commended for preparing the succulent angus beef on a spit. It definitely complemented the many potluck dishes being offered.
After the big feed, the leftover beef was auctioned off; some of the pieces fetched bids of $40.
The annual barbecue commemorates the 2003 Anarchist Mountain fire that burned three homes to the ground.
That blaze compelled the community to establish its own fire department, which now has approximately 24 members.
The AMFD recently hosted a “FireSmart Day” to educate homeowners on how to protect themselves and their properties.
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