Doing Good: Local restaurants raise money for Midtown’s Fire Station 15

When Angie Brogdon got rescued from the elevator in a Midtown high rise by the firefighters of Fire Station 15, it sparked an idea for a way to give back to those who serve our community.

“The (firefighters) come by the restaurant all the time, and as I got to know them, it sparked an idea to give back to them,” said Brogdon, who is the assistant manager at Baraonda restaurant. As schedules and life got hectic, the idea went to the back burner. “After they helped get us out of the elevator, it became a catalyst to really give back to them.”

Working with vendors and the restaurant’s owners, Baraonda kicked off a month-long fundraiser that will last until Sept. 15. The Fire Alarm Fundraiser kickoff party and silent auction was held on Aug. 15 at Publik Draft House spreading the word to local residents and restaurant patrons to come together for a good cause.

Sgt. Nate Bailey and his team felt this generosity will make a huge difference to one of the oldest fire stations in Atlanta. “Most of the time, after we help people, we never see them again,” he said. “To see Angie and her team put this fundraiser together and see the turnout, it meant a lot to see the support of the community.”

The kickoff party raised over $2,500 and the money raised for the duration of the fundraiser will help them fix up the fire station. In addition to the laundry list of repairs that need tending to, the firefighters are also aiming to create a children’s museum for the front of the station, buy new chairs, and more. The repairs and upkeep will also help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the fire station next year.

“Stop by the station and come meet us,” said Bailey. “We love to meet the people of the community we serve.”

He encourages people in all communities to meet their local firefighters and find out how they can get involved with the local fire stations.

Brogdon, who has firefighters in her family, felt very close to this cause. “I hope the guys know how much they are appreciated and loved in the community,” said Brogdon. “It’s just our way of saying ‘thank you’ for all that they do.”

The fundraiser runs until Sept. 15 at Baraonda Atlanta and Publik Draft House, and 100 percent of the proceeds from the designated Fire Alarm Fundraiser specials will benefit Fire Station 15.

In other news: Anita Libby and Debi Corbi of Fitness Spa Health Club in Peachtree City initiated a collection of 35 backpacks and school supplies benefitting The Children’s Village at Christian City. The backpacks and supplies will help fulfill the needs of the abandoned, abused and neglected children living in the Children’s Village, which is located in Peachtree City.

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