Grizzlies hosting fundraiser to assist families of fallen firefighters

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The Fresno Grizzlies and McCormick Barstow are partnering up to host "CAL FIRE Night" at Chukchansi Park.

It will take place on Friday, August 10th against Albuquerque and first pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

Two dollars from every walk-up ticket purchased the night of the game and five dollars from every advance ticket purchase at this link: ( will go to the families of Brian Hughes and Braden Varney.

The Grizzlies and McCormick Barstow have agreed to start the funding with an initial $2,500 contribution.

"When something as tragic as this happens, it's important that as a community we come together. The Grizzlies and McCormick Barstow are each a big part of the Central Valley and it's our job to step up to the plate and create a night that can help these families and support CAL FIRE," said Derek Franks, President of the Fresno Grizzlies. "With our partners at McCormick Barstow taking the lead, we'd love to have the community come together for a game and help raise as much money for these families as we can."

"When the Grizzlies called, we knew we had to help. It's partnerships like this that can really help impact a community and families in need," said Laura Wolfe, Partner at McCormick Barstow. "We're proud to be the partner for CAL FIRE Night at Chukchansi Park and will do everything we can to help generate revenue for these families. It's a tragic time for them but we hope this night helps just a little bit."

Cal Fire heavy equipment operator Braden Varney was killed when his bulldozer tumbled down a hillside while fighting the Ferguson Fire.

Brian Hughes, Captain of the Arrowhead Interagency Hotshots, died when he was struck by a tree while fighting the Ferguson Fire.

The Grizzlies will also hold a silent auction of autographed game-worn jerseys from this season during Friday's game, with proceeds donated to the families. A moment of silence for fallen firefighters will be observed prior to first pitch. All proceeds from walk-up tickets, advance-sale tickets purchased via the link, and the jersey auction will go directly to both families.

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