Above – Vallejo Rotary Club past President Tom Phillips (left)and Round Table Pizza owner and fellow Rotarian Paul Nannar shake hands regarding the club’s fire relief fundraiser. (Contributed)
Vallejo community raises $2,500 for fire relief
When the Vallejo Rotary Club put out the call for cash donations in August as a way to help those affected by the Carr Fire, it was anyone’s guess on how the city of Vallejo would respond.
The Vallejo community came through.
Club President Shawna Gilroy said the community raised $2,500 through private donations and several fundraisers at local businesses.
The club will match the $2,500 raised by the community and send $5,000 to the Redding fire relief efforts up north. It’s expected Rotary clubs in Redding will match the donation as well – providing $10,000 to the community which was devastated by fire recently.
The Carr Fire started in July along Highway 299 and Carr Powerhouse Road in Whiskeytown when a tire went flat on a trailer and the rim scraped the road.
The scraping caused a spark which resulted in 229,651 acres being burnt, 1,079 residences destroyed, and caused several fatalities. The fire was fully contained on Aug. 30.
Gilroy, who also is the Times-Herald advertising manager, said the fundraising couldn’t have happened without Paul Nannar, owner of the Round Table Pizza on Springs Road, who held a fundraiser at the business, and siblings Glen and Denise Cayanan, owners of Cafe 22 on Tennessee Street, who donated 15 percent off all the business’ sales during a two-week period.
Gilroy also highlighted that Vijay and Hima Patel, owners of Regency Inn, made a large donation towards the fire relief efforts.
“Vallejo Fire had sent help to the Carr Fire as well and they wanted to give back,” Gilroy said. “I’m telling you this is one of the most amazing things I have ever been a part of and the fact that we were able to help locally while raising funds for my hometown makes me cry tears of joy.
“When we all work together and lend a helping hand great things can be accomplished,” she added. “Thank you to everyone who support this effort!”