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Movie screening raises money for firefighters

Annie Lane, Smokey Bear, Diane Travis and Anessa Andrews pose outside Harkins Theater in Prescott Valley after raising money for the Wildland Firefighters Foundation. (Courtesy photo)

Annie Lane, Smokey Bear, Diane Travis and Anessa Andrews pose outside Harkins Theater in Prescott Valley after raising money for the Wildland Firefighters Foundation. (Courtesy photo)

The release of Disney's movie "Planes: Fire and Rescue" brought help to wildland firefighters as private screenings of the firefighting movie took place across the country to raise money for the Wildland Firefighters Foundation.

Each private screening was organized by a local host.

In northern Arizona, the Prescott Valley and Sedona screenings last month were hosted by Diane Travis and Anessa Andrews, with help from Annie Lane and Tiffannie Mabery.

The organization Spouses and Partners of Wildland Firefighters sponsored the screenings.

Travis contacted Guidance Aviation, quickly rounding up the helicopter flight training organization's fire-engine-red helicopters for support.

Organizers were able to raise $4,732 from the Prescott Valley screening and $2,965 from the Sedona screening for a total of $7,697, Travis said.

Guidance Aviation made a donation toward auditorium rentals.

"After rental and PayPal fees we were able to donate a total of $6,000 to the Wildland Firefighters Foundation," Travis said. "Thank you, Guidance Aviation, for your help and sponsorship."

This isn't the first time Guidance Aviation has jumped in to help firefighters. In June 2013, Guidance Aviation set up 15 collection sites for firefighter supplies in Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley and Dewey.

Wildland Firefighter Foundation's main focus is to help families of firefighters killed in the line of duty and to assist injured firefighters and their families.

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