Tourney raises $30,000 for area firefighters
Local car dealers Danny Hill and Mike Brown have long been regarded in Granbury as staunch community supporters.
This year, the two dealers decided to put on a fundraising event of their own.
On June 20, Mike Brown Auto Group and Classic Chevrolet Buick GMC hosted the Danny Hill & Mike Brown Invitational at Harbor Lakes Golf Club. This first annual charity golf tournament raised over $30,000, with all proceeds directly benefitting the Hood County Volunteer Fire Departments.
Over 140 players competed and participated in a day of golf, contests and dinner.
“I’m overwhelmed by the generosity,” said Fire Chief Dave Raffa. “I can’t overstate how much this means to all of the volunteers and the 53,000 citizens that we strive to protect.”
Hood County fire protection and first response is provided by nine volunteer fire departments with a combined staffing of about 250 volunteers.
“The incredible amount of money raised in this single event is by far the most generous donation we have ever received,” said Raffa.
Raffa said the donation will likely be split between purchasing much-needed equipment and upgrading the communication system.
“It’s not just our responsibility to give back to the community, it’s our privilege,” said Brown. “These men and women live in our community and not only volunteer their time, but risk their lives to protect our citizens and our property.”
Hill said when the decision was made to do the charity tournament, the Hood County Fire Departments immediately came to mind.
“We just wanted to help. We hoped to raise $25,000, so we are very pleased to have exceeded our goal.”