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Posted: April 4, 2016

Wild Fire Basketball Challenge helps Burn Fund

On March 31, McDonald’s proudly hosted the sixth annual Wild Fire Basketball Challenge between Cranbrook Fire and Emergency Services members and the Mount Baker Wild Girls Basketball team.

Every year this entertaining event raises money for the British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund. Through the generous contribution of both McDonald’s Restaurant and the support of the community, this year’s basketball challenge raised $1,077 for the BC Burn Fund.

“We are proud to sponsor this yearly match-up between the Cranbrook Fire Department and the Mount Baker girls basketball team,” said Cranbrook McDonald’s owner/operator David Kaiser. “It’s always a fun event. And the fact that it benefits an important charity such as the BC Burn Fund is another reason we’re happy to be involved.”

All of the proceeds of the event go to the BC Burn Fund, which assists recovering burn patients as well as providing education on burn prevention throughout the province. “The BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund is an amazing charity. It supports both medical care for BC burn victims as well as research on burn and wound healing,” said Cranbrook fire fighter and event organizer Murray Robertson.

This year marked the sixth year in a row that the Cranbrook fire fighters have lost the charity basketball game to the MBSS Wild Girls Basketball team. Although the members of the Cranbrook Fire Hall tried their best, the high school team was ultimately victorious with a final score of 54-53.

Highlights of this year’s event included the giveaway of a flat screen television, kindly donated by Aaron’s Electronics, which was won by Natalie Brons. There was also a hilarious dance-off between Mount Baker Wild Girls basketball player Kal Taye and fire fighter D’Arcy Kennedy. According to pretty much all in attendance, D’Arcy didn’t stand a chance!

A special thanks to Sweet Gestures for their contribution, as well as MBSS Wild girls basketball head coach Al Nutini and assistant coaches Joe McGowan and Shaun Penner.

Above photo: Cranbrook McDonald’s Restaurant owner/operator David Kaiser presents a $500 cheque to Cranbrook Fire Fighter Brandon Cavener, as well as other members of the Cranbrook Fire Department and the Mount Baker Wild Girls Basketball team. The sixth Annual McDonald’s Wild Fire Basketball Challenge, which took place on March 31, raised $1,077 for the British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund.

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