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Eagles donate to Hamilton Fire Department, Hamilton Boxing Club

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Bitterroot Eagles FOE 1693 presented a donation to the Hamilton Volunteer Fire Department for a new fire hall and gave additional funds to Hamilton Boxing Club on Tuesday.

Fireman Brian Taggart drove the Hamilton Volunteer Fire Department truck to the Eagles Lodge for the presentation.

Eagles President Nick Nichols said the $500 donation for the fire department came from the 50/50 raffle at an Eagles Bingo event.

Mayor Dominic Farrenkopf said the donation is welcome.

“We’re accepting contributions from any individual or business or club who wants to help put this new fire hall in place for Hamilton,” Farrenkopf said. “The City of Hamilton is still moving forward with building a new fire station. We’re still planning on the same location on the corner of Foxfield St. and Skeels Avenue by the Ravalli Fun Center.”

He said the city is still working on how to fund the majority of the costs for the fire station but has applied for grant money and saved some money in advance for the project.

“All options are still on the table,” he said. “We also are hoping to use some of the CARES Act Money which people will remember it is federal money from the coronavirus pandemic. We’re hoping to put all that together to fund the fire hall.”

Farrenkopf stressed that November is the month that the Fire Department Association is doing its fundraising.

“I really want to be clear that the Fire Department Association which takes care of the firefighters is different from this effort to raise money for a new fire hall,” he said. “I don’t want to take away from their November fundraising but if people feel compelled to donate to the fire department for the new fire hall they need to specify it on their check.”

Farrenkopf recommends sending checks to the City of Hamilton, 223 S. Second St., Hamilton, MT 59840, attention Mayor Farrenkopf and in the subject line write Fire Station.

“It is really important to know that this month is the association fundraiser and as important as the fire hall is to this community the fire department and firefighters are the most important part, they are more important than a building,” he said. “We want to be certain the association is not compromised by the mayor seeking donations for the fire hall.”

Farrenkopf said the city would regroup after November and the fundraising by the Fire Department Association to organize more ways to finance the fire station and do more fundraising drives.

“The new fire station will need interior furnishings, desk, tables, chairs, a refrigerator, so we’re looking for people who would like to contribute something specific,” he said.

Farrenkopf welcomes suggestions and invites anyone with ideas to email him at dfarrenkopf@cityofhamilton.net.

“The amount of support from the community, recognizing the need for a new fire hall has been overwhelming,” he said. “Now if they want to support it financially we welcome any donation of any amount. The fire department is so important to the community and we want them to know it.”

Also on Tuesday, the Eagles donated to the Hamilton Boxing Club.

President Nick Nichols said this is their second $1,000 donation to the Hamilton Boxing Club for the nonprofit youth boxing club.

Parent Travis Bennett said the organization is a group of parents who volunteer to coach kids who are interested in boxing.

Upcoming Bingo events raise funds for other nonprofits, with the Bitterroot Academy of Dance will receive the next donation.

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