Silent auction to help fund Hotshots center at Prescott mall
Since its opening at the Prescott Gateway Mall in 2018, the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew Learning and Tribute Center has been run exclusively by volunteers.
Along the way, expenses have been covered by the sale of merchandise, as well as by fundraisers.
Board Member James Wren notes that the center conducts regular fundraisers to cover expenses such as utilities and the purchase of T-shirts and challenge coins.
In its latest fundraiser, the center is planning an autumn silent auction. Commemorating the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire in 2013, the auction is set to begin on Nov. 19 and run through Dec. 19.
The auction will take place at the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew Learning & Tribute Center in the Gateway Mall, 3280 Gateway Blvd., Prescott. Bids must be made in person at the center, which is open Friday through Sunday. Normal hours are Friday and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (More details are available at www.GMIHC19.org.)
A number of unique items will be up for sale at the auction. Among the most notable is an Arizona Coyotes jersey with a Granite Mountain Hotshots logo, which was signed by the Coyotes players. The jersey is being donated by the family of Scott Norris, one of the fallen Hotshots.
Another item is a NASCAR cap signed by driver Joey Logano, accompanied by a collector’s edition NASCAR Monopoly game, gifted to the effort by an anonymous donor.
Other items up for auction include wooden replicas of the transport buggies that carried the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew members to their assignments. The miniature buggies were handcrafted by John Marsh, president of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew Learning and Tribute Center and the father of fallen Hotshot Eric Marsh.
Other items include a commemorative “Yarnell, Arizona Remembers” T-shirt, a painting with an Arizona Wildfire and Incident Management Academy logo, and a variety of gift cards from area businesses.
“These are some very special items,” Wren said of the pieces that are up for auction, noting that a number of the items were donated to the center specifically to help raise money for its operation, while others were donated to the Hotshot crew members’ families after the tragedy.
Bid sheets at the center will show the value of the items, the minimum bid, and bid increments. Winning bidders will be notified by phone on Sunday, Dec. 19, after 4 p.m. More information on the auction items is available on a Powerpoint at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QF7jb6nas12HuT8JGpECzHqNz37qCrR9/view.
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