FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Professional Firefighters Association presented a $10,890 check to Meals on Wheels, the program in Solano County that serves older residents and found its federal funding cut after the automatic spending reductions called sequestration.
“These are people who paved the way for us,” Capt. Bobby Silva of the Fairfield Fire Department and president of the firefighters association, said of the people Meals on Wheels serves.
Cathy Hall, executive director of the program that serves more than 650 meals day in Solano County, told firefighters after receiving the check at the Fairfield City Council meeting Tuesday that, “You guys rock.”
“I truly am amazed,” Hall said of the amount raised at an April charity poker night held in the banquet room of the Jelly Belly factory store site.
Councilwoman Pam Bertani said a senior poverty summit showed the extent of poor elderly residents and the key role programs like Meals on Wheels play.
“It really matters,” she said.
Silva said many businesses donated to the event that also had a silent partner who asked for no recognition. Silva said Councilman John Mraz paid for all the food at the sold-out fundraiser attended by about 100 people.
“He did not want anybody to know that he did that,” Silva said.
Councilwoman Catherine Moy noted earlier fundraising by firefighters saved an Alzheimer’s program in Fairfield.
“I just can’t say ‘Thank you’ enough,” Moy told the firefighting association.
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