The BNS Event on May 21st, 2016 was hosted by BNS Brewering & Distilling Co in Lakeside, CA. The beneficiary of this event was The National City Firefighters Association Local 2744/Ben & Dana Garcia Benevolent Fund. Friends, family, and first responder supporters came together for a successful event in support of a great cause. The day included a VIP hour with the head brewer that included a tour, tastings, and lots of beer talk. This event earned bragging rights as the best silent auction of all our fundraisers so far. A SUP, Padre-for-a-day, a wild pig hunt, a private plane ride to Catalina were all a part of the auction items. When all was said and done, we were able to present a check to the National City Firefighters for their Benevolent Fund for $13,ooo!
About the Beneficiary:
Ben is a Captain with the NCFD and has been a member for 15 years. Prior to this he worked as a seasonal with CDF. His wife Dana also has strong fire service ties as her father is a retired firefighter and she was a seasonal firefighter with the state.
Five years ago Dana began to have health problems. After much physical pain and financial hardship, Dana was finally diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS). EDS is a connective tissue disorder that is not well understood and has no cure.
The large amount of out-of-pocket money required to obtain initial diagnosis and on treatments combined with Dana being unable to work has been devastating, forcing them to sell their home and relocate. After so many years of proudly serving their community, this fire family deserves some help during this difficult time. This event will fund the National City Firefighters Benevolent Fund of which Ben and Dana may receive the help they need.
For more information on Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome visit www.ednf.org
THANK YOU TO ALL THE DONORS AND ESPECIALLY THE NATIONAL CITY FIREFIGHTERS FOR WORKING TIRELESSLY TO ENSURE THIS WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!