Dodgers and Dalmations
Yesterday I went down to Hope Street in downtown Los Angeles Fire Fighters Relief Association was holding its 12th annual “Hope for Fire Fighters” event, which benefits widows, orphans and disabled fire fighters.
“Hope for Firefighters” is the largest fundraiser of its kind in the nation. Each year, fire stations from throughout the Los Angeles area line Hope Street in Downtown L.A., cooking their “firehouse specialties” for the community and competing for “best food” and “best dessert” and “best theme” trophies. Tens of thousands of employees from the Los Angeles Financial District and high-rise office buildings of Bunker Hill pour out to attend this lively, lunch-time, street fair. The event also includes a silent auction, live bands and corporate sponsored “Muster Teams” competing in the Bucket Brigade, Hose Cart Pull and Suit-Up and Life Ring Catch Competitions.
My role was that of celebrity judge, and I was responsible for trying a dish from each fire house that was competing in the cook-off. Station 3, which is located on Alvarado and Sunset, was nice enough to grill Dodger Dogs, and while the other houses did an outstanding job with the carne asada, ceviche, fish tacos, jerk chicken, and tri-tip, you konw where my heart lies.
Hey, I know it’s a tough job but somebody’s got to do it.
It was great to see all the support for the firemen. They risk their lives on a daily basis for our welfare, and I would like to publicly thank them for their sacrifice and bravery.