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Coronado Fire Department Holds Annual Spaghetti Dinner

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Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2019 3:47 pm | Updated: 4:12 pm, Thu Aug 1, 2019.

Coronado is a little town that believes in giving back in big ways, and the local fire department is no exception. The annual Spaghetti Dinner, typically held in late July, is another example of Local Firefighter Association 1475’s dedication to community service.

I had the chance to talk with Battalion Chief Jayson Summers about this important annual event, who explained that 100 percent of the proceeds go directly to the San Diego Burn Institute. The Burn Institute is a non-profit organization, and therefore relies heavily on local departments to help them raise funds. While the institute helps all burn victims, the focus is on aiding children who have suffered serious injuries in fires.

Summers noted, with some emotion, that a significant portion of the funds raised goes to Camp Beyond the Scars, located in Julian. The camp gives children who have been disfigured in fires the opportunity to experience a safe and inclusive camp environment without feeling self-conscious about their injuries.

Summers is grateful to the City of Coronado, who supports and allows the local department to host the event. The Hotel Del Coronado provides the spaghetti, bread and salad for the event, with the Coronado Marriott donating the cookies. Local firefighters and paramedics work hard to serve the multitudes, and Summers estimated that the final tally is typically over $7,000, all of which goes directly to the Burn Institute. With hundreds of local families attending, it is a true community effort.

The local department is involved in many other fundraisers in addition to the Spaghetti Dinner, though this is their largest annual fundraising event. Our firefighters participate in the Fill the Boot drive, which benefits those with muscular dystrophy, as well as annual Chili Cookoffs, which also benefit the Burn Institute.

If you missed the Spaghetti Dinner and would like to contribute to the Burn Institute, please see their website at www.burninstitute.org.

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