Saturday, June 3, 2017

Provincetown Memorial Day Fire Fund Benefit

Two Provincetown clubs are holding benefits tonight for workers displaced by the Memorial Day fire, to buy equipment for our remarkable fire department, and to help rebuild the four Lopes Square restaurants which were damaged or devastated by the three-alarm fire that sent black smoke into the sky over the center of town last Saturday evening.
Read the posters on this page for details.
First, visit The Underground Bar, down the flight of stairs you'll find at 293 Commercial Street, with music and entertainment getting underway at 9 PM.

Next, get to Velvet dance club, at 258 Commercial Street, tucked away between Town Hall and the big red stairway that leads to JD's. You'll have time to get to both parties, with each going until closing time at 1 AM.
With a fire of this magnitude striking at the very beginning of the summer season, dozens upon dozens of people suddenly have no income. Employers, their employees, and even suppliers for these businesses will be hurt by this loss of revenue.
Please help to ease the burden by attending these two events.
Provincetown has the last all-volunteer fire department on Cape Cod. These remarkable men and women have once again saved our bacon, by preventing a very serious fire from spreading to other buildings, wedged cheek-by-jowel into this densely packed, little wooden town.  We also thank roughly 50 firefighters from towns as far away as Chatham and Harwich for their assistance and the equipment they brought to quickly squelch the flames and prevent greater damage.
If you can't attend either of these events, or even if you make it to both of them, you can also make a donation to the online account that's been set up to receive contributions to benefit our fire department and the people who lost their incomes in this fire. I had never contributed to this sort of online fundraiser before a couple of nights ago, when I found that this process was quick and painless. It doesn't take more than a moment to make a real difference for folks who can use a little help.
Go to to help out our neighbors. You know they would do the same for you!

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