Scheduled for March 24 from noon to 2 p.m. and 4 to 10 p.m. at Veterans Hall, 757 First St. in Brentwood, the fundraiser features live music and raffles, a jump house and face painting for the kids, plus a silent auction of sports memorabilia.
“We’re really looking forward to this event,” said ECCFPD Battalion Chief Brian Helmick. “We’ve received a tremendous amount of support from the community.”
West was diagnosed with cancer in November and has been undergoing chemotherapy to manage the disease, which has spread to his back and liver. “My condition is still a day-to-day thing, but I’m continuing to improve,” West said. “I’m getting my strength back. Slowly but surely.”
West is grateful for the efforts of his fellow firefighters and the community: “The support keeps my spirits up.”
The spaghetti feed also includes the fulfillment of ECCFPD Director Bob Kenny’s promise to shave his long, Santa-like beard. Kenny hosted a raffle last month and the winner, ECCFPD Chief Hugh Henderson, got to decide when, where and who would shave the fluffy, white beard. Helmick said the current plan is for Henderson to do the honors at the spaghetti feed, but a time has not been decided. Kenny’s raffle raised $2,500 for the Willie West Family Education Fund.
Tickets ($20) for the spaghetti feed are on sale at the ECCFPD office, 134 Oak St. in Brentwood. The admission includes one meal, one beverage and a raffle ticket. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
Those who wish to make a donation to the Willie West Fund may send their checks to the district office as well. Community members interested in helping out with the spaghetti feed fundraiser should call Helmick at 925-200-5497.