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Movie fundraiser to help Hotshot center
June 19 screening will feature panel discussion and silent auction

Miles Teller (as Brendan McDonough), left, and Josh Brolin (as Eric Marsh) in a scene from the movie, “Only the Brave.” (Sony Pictures)

Miles Teller (as Brendan McDonough), left, and Josh Brolin (as Eric Marsh) in a scene from the movie, “Only the Brave.” (Sony Pictures)

As the six-year mark of the Granite Mountain Hotshot tragedy approaches, a fundraiser event featuring a showing of the “Only the Brave” movie, followed by a panel discussion, is scheduled for June 19.

The Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew (GMIHC) Learning and Tribute Center board and the Elks Theatre will host a showing of the 2017 film, which told the story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots.

Doors open at 3:30 p.m., with the film showing at 4 p.m.

The movie screening will be followed by a panel discussion with surviving hotshot Brendan McDonough, board chair and father of the crew superintendent John Marsh, movie producer Mike Menchel, film advisor and hotshot alum Pat McCarty, as well as former crew chief Duane Steinbrink.

A silent auction of special memorabilia and items also will take place. The event is being planned in support of the GMIHC Center, with a goal of finding a permanent home for the center.

The panel discussion, food, and the silent auction will follow the film.

A news release from the organization notes that there are 90 tickets available for $219, with all proceeds benefitting the GMIHC Center.

The event tickets include the film, a limited-edition hotshot challenge coin, hors d’oeuvres from El Gato Azul, craft beer from Granite Mountain Brewing, wine from Yavapai College, and the panel discussion.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at

The Elks Theatre will have three other public showings of “Only the Brave” for any cash donation, with proceeds shared between the GMIHC Center and the Elks Theatre. These showings will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, Wednesday, June 19, and Thursday, June 20.

“Since the (GMIHC Learning and Tribute) center opened in June of 2018, we have had the goal of acquiring a permanent structure to house the center,” said board chair John Marsh. “This is one of several fundraisers we have planned to help with this effort.”

“Only the Brave”, starring Josh Brolin, debuted in late 2017. The story is about the bond and brotherhood shared by the 19, say the filmmakers.

McDonough was the lone survivor of the tragedy, which took the lives of the 19 members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew on June 30, 2013, in the Yarnell Hill Fire. He will discuss the making of film, which portrayed experiences of the only Type 1 Hotshot Crew attached to a municipal fire department.

“This is the biggest fundraiser we have attempted so far,” Marsh said. “We hope folks come out and see the film and support our dream of a permanent learning and tribute center to honor the 19 hotshots as well as teach the public about wildland firefighting and prevention.”

The mission of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Tribute and Learning Center is to establish and operate a wildland fire learning center that honors the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew (GMIHC) by telling their story, displaying and housing artifacts/memorabilia, and educating visitors about wildland fire, firefighting, and prevention.

The center has been open at a location at the Prescott Gateway Mall since June 2018.

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