Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Bank some love for the volunteer firefighters

Charity ball a fun annual event

Express Staff Writer

Get your groove on this weekend at the always fun-tastic Ketchum-Sun Valley Volunteer Firefighters Association ball. Express photo by Willy Cook

    The Ketchum-Sun Valley Volunteer Firefighters Association will hold its only fundraiser of the year this month, the ever-popular Firefighters Ball.
    The ball will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Limelight Room at the Sun Valley Inn.         Karly Maratea, president of the Ketchum Volunteer Association, said this fundraiser is crucial to both the Fire Department and its training and operations.
    “Funds raised from the ball are used to make our jobs safer by providing extra training and equipment,” she said. “In addition, most of our backcountry and technical rescue equipment has been purchased exclusively with ball funds.”

“Funds raised from the ball are used to make our jobs safer by providing extra training and equipment.”
Karly Maratea

    This summer alone, the Ketchum-Sun Valley Backcountry Medical Rescue Team rescued a climber who was injured while climbing the Elephant’s Perch near Redfish Lake as well as several injured hikers and bikers. The ropes, Stokes litters and other backcountry equipment used had all been purchased with funds raised from the ball over the years.
    “We simply would not be able to support our mission of protecting our residents and visitors without the funds raised by the ball,” Maratea said. “The ball is also just a great time for us to get together and say thanks to those we serve as firefighters.”
    Music will be provided by local band Old Death Whisper, followed by DJ Doc Rock and DJ Alien.
    Tickets are available online at, Atkinsons’ Market in Ketchum, at the door or at local fire stations in Ketchum and Sun Valley. Dress code is anything goes. Tickets are $15. The ball is open to anyone 21 years and older, doors open at 8 p.m. and the music starts at 9 p.m.
    Anyone who wishes to support the association but can’t attend the ball is welcome to drop off donations at the Ketchum or Sun Valley fire stations or donate online at

The deets
When: Saturday, Nov. 17.
Where: Limelight Room at the Sun Valley Inn.
How much: $15 at the door.

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