LAFD Foundation Hosts Annual Fundraising Gala on Saturday, May 21; Celebrates an Industry That Shaped Los Angeles

Annual Fundraising Gala to Provide Vital Resources to Supplement Limited LAFD Budgets

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - May 17, 2016) - The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation (LAFD Foundation) will host its fifth annual Fahrenheit 2016 fundraising gala at the Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center on Saturday, May 21, 2016. The evening will bring together more than 500 supporters of the LAFD Foundation including business and community leaders, fire department officials and members, and elected officials for the largest fundraising event of the year for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

This year's gala will honor the architects, builders, developers and engineers that helped design Los Angeles and improve the quality of the city's urban life. From helping neighborhoods rebuild after disasters to exporting American design know-how to the rest of the world, this group of creators transforms a collection of streets and buildings into a place where its occupants can live and thrive.

"Each year, the Fahrenheit gala unites the community in a uniquely personal way, connecting the firefighters and paramedics from the Los Angeles Fire Department -- the men and women who protect us by risking their lives every day -- to community leaders," said President of LAFD Foundation Karen Wagener. "This year we are honoring an industry of urban creators, recognizing the hard work that shaped the city many of us call home."

The LAFD will showcase real-life scenarios of firefighters in action and invite guests to participate in emergency drills. Guests will also learn about the different units of the LAFD and interact with firefighters and paramedics. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will provide opening remarks at the event.

In addition to fundraising through ticket purchases, the evening will feature a silent auction, a pledge auction asking guests to donate various items for the LAFD, and a raffle drawing for a Todd Reed diamond necklace worth $9,000.

The LAFD Foundation, having raised four million dollars to date for the LAFD, is the Los Angeles Fire Department's largest source of private support. Proceeds from Fahrenheit 2016 will directly benefit the LAFD with equipment, training, technology, and youth programs.

About The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation
Established in 2010, and led by a dedicated board of directors who are business leaders and community activists, the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation raises funds to provide the essential equipment, technology and training that allows the world-class department to stay at the top of its ability to serve. The Foundation helps where the city budget stops and provides the tools needed to protect life, property and the environment. For more information about the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation please visit

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