The Fargo Force have announced that the sixth annual Hometown Heroes promotion raised $43,500. The event took place Saturday, Jan. 19. With the funds raised, the Fargo Force and Cross Insulation are able to donate back to eight total first responder groups within Cass and Clay Counties. The organizations were voted on by the Hometown Heroes committee which is comprised of corporate sponsors, Fargo Force staff and members of local first responder groups.
Organizations submitted their requests which included the amount requested, item/training to be purchased, and what the item or training would be used for. Last season, Hometown Heroes raised just under $32,000 which allowed the Force to be able to donate lifesaving equipment and supplies back to seven different organizations.
Funds were raised through sponsorship, post-game jersey auction, chuck-a-puck contest, silent auction during the game, raffle board sales, merchandise sales, and a $5,000 Dakota Medical Foundation match. The match from DMF was earned when the funds raised hit $30,000 on Saturday night. DMF agreed to match every dollar raised over that amount up to $5,000. The Force will also donated $1 of every single game ticket sold from that night back into the pot and several sponsors pledged and donated money back per Force goal scored on Saturday.
The eight organizations who will receive funds (and what for) are listed out below:
|Order||Organization||Amount Requested||Items/Supplies/Equipment Requested|
Clay County Sheriff's Office
|$6,469.87||16 Vortex rifle optics, 35 tourniquets with pouches and 5 combat rated helmets.|
|2||Dilworth Police Department||$3,330.00||2 AED's|
|3||Hawley Fire Department||$2,350.00||3 Mustang water rescue suites and life jackets. Currently Hawley FD does not have any water rescue equipment.|
|4||Fargo Police Department||$7,500.00||Tactical medical kits for squad cars.|
|5||Sabin Fire Department||$6,698.00||Air bag lifting kit and portable scene lighting.|
|6||Fargo Fire Department||$4,180.28||12 Axes and 12 halligens for each Fargo Fire Department engine and truck.|
|7||Moorhead Fire Department||$7,090.88||Side imaging sonar, fire prevention and educational materials, and an AED.|
|8||Dilworth Fire Department||$5,724.10||14" Rescue saw, sensit gold gas monitor, 16" smoke ejector fan.|
For first responder organizations within Cass and Clay Counties that are interested in getting involved next season, contact Whitney at firstname.lastname@example.org or stay tuned to the Fargo Force website.