Dining out effort sends profits to help families of Yarnell Hill firefighters

TUCSON, AZ (TNN) – Through Saturday, all of the profits from Ra Sushi Bar at La Encatada as well as other locations around the state will be donated to help the families of the 19 firefighters who lost their lives while battling the Yarnell Hill Wildfire.  That was the sole reason some were at Ra Friday.

I think the magnitude of the loss was pretty severe, so, anything, I think, anyone from Arizona can do to help these folks out is the right thing to do," said John Lubniewski as he sat on the patio at Ra.

"We've been here before and we love Ra, but, we were honored to be part of something that could help the victims and their families," said Jamie Humphreys, who had just dined there Friday night.

At any Ra Sushi Bar in Arizona through Saturday, July 12, all the profit from the meal goes to the 100 Club of Arizona to help assist the families of the 19 Granite Mountain Hot Shots who died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire.

That help takes a variety of forms from family travel for funeral and memorial services to future needs such as scholarships.

"Especially in our community, I mean, they deserve it and it's nice that we're actually able to do this," said Ra Sushi Bar manager Laura Voodre.

Many of those at Ra Friday have friends and relatives who are firefighters, or even work in services such as catering the wildland crews as they battle these blazes.

"These are part of our family, this is what we do and this is why we do it is to support the firefighters, so, this was a huge loss for us," said Ronda Sneva, who caters wildfire operations and had just finished dinner.

"It's kind of close to our hearts, we really wanted to come out here and support them and support the firefighters in Prescott and their families and be a part of this," said Jenelle Montijo, who had just dined at Ra Friday.

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