Prescott, CYFD firefighters raise money for charities at Baskin-Robbins
Lines of customers wrapped around the Baskin-Robbins stores in Prescott and Prescott Valley Wednesday night as Central Yavapai and Prescott firefighters served ice cream during the stores' annual 31-cents-a-scoop night.
Max Day, 8, was all smiles as Prescott Firefighter Mark Matthews handed him a scoop of cotton candy ice cream in a cone.
"We have fun at all our fundraisers, but we really enjoy this one," said Prescott Fire Chief Bruce Martinez.
As customers paid for their treats, they also dropped donations into a boot for the firefighters' charities.
In Prescott, donations will benefit the Prescott Basin Firefighter Wellness and Fitness Foundation and the National Firefighter Memorial, said Eric Kriwer, spokesman for the Prescott Fire Department.
Donations at the Prescott Valley store of $964 will benefit the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation and Golf Tournament sponsored by CYFD on Sept. 10, said Dave Tharp, EMS training captain for CYFD.
Baskin-Robbins will also make a $100,000 donation to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Tharp said.
"We want to thank the community for a great turnout and their donations," Tharp said. "We'd also like to thank Chuck and Susan Vedra, the owners of both Baskin-Robbins stores, for their support and sponsoring the event."
Prescott Fire Battalion Chief Dave Essex said it was his first time scooping ice cream at the event and the customers kept coming.
"We started at 5 p.m. and we've kept busy since then," said Haley Sorg, a Baskin-Robbins employee.
Jim Voseky said they stopped by because his wife, Philomena Voseky, needed some ice cream "now!"
"You can't get this at the grocery store," said Philomena, smiling as she pointed to her peanut butter and chocolate ice cream cone.
While people were waiting in line at both locations, they talked with firefighters, looked at engines and ladder trucks, and enjoyed candy.
In Prescott Valley, kids who answered a fire prevention question could choose from stickers, bracelets, erasers and pencils while they waited in line.
Tharp said CYFD charities help a lot of local organizations including Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters and local sports programs.