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Sponsors needed for golf tourney aiding Hotshots' families

Grateful for the firefighters who kept the Doce fire in June away from their homes, members of the Talking Rock Community in Williamson Valley planned a golf tournament for Aug. 19 to help the families of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who died fighting the Yarnell Hill fire.

"We, as many other residents of the Williamson Valley corridor, witnessed the Doce fire that preceded the Yarnell Hill fire," Ken Gunter, a golf tournament spokesman, said. "As the hotshot crew on the ground and support from the air established a line of battle on the Little Granite Mountain, we could see first-hand what it took to stop the horrific blaze from continuing toward our homes to the north. Because of their efforts, our property was spared."

Soon after, the Talking Rock Advisory council met and decided upon the golf tournament and auction to help the Hotshots' families. To date, the event has raised upwards of $165,000 toward its $200,000 goal, and tournament entry spots are full.

However, tournament organizers are still accepting sponsorships, Gunter said. Talking Rock is underwriting expenses, freeing up proceeds to go to United Phoenix Fire Fighters Association, which has a fund to help the families.

Talking Rock is still taking donations for the cause. Those who are interested or would like more information about the event may call Gunter at 928-713-2350, call the Talking Rock fundraiser number at 928-493-2603 or email TRfundraiser@gmail.com.

Talking Rock's "19 dollars for 19 heroes" is also a way to donate, Gunter said. This site is crowdrise.com/granitemountainhotsh. He said these contributions will also go to the families.

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