Winter Garden Elks Lodge hosting fundraiser rally for Firehood Foundation

The organization is still seeking corporate and individual sponsors to help support raising awareness for first responders.

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The Winter Garden Elks Lodge is hosting a fundraising event for first responders this weekend. 

The community service organization in Winter Garden is helping the Firehood Foundation through a special rally to raise funds. 

After losing Stephen Vanravenswaay and John Perez to cancer and an autoimmune disease related to firefighting, Tom “Bull” Hill made a promise to bring about a change.

On March 20, 2018, Hill set out to “Keep Shakey’s Promise” for his 2 fallen friends and brothers through a walk that started at the 0 Mile Marker in Key West, and ended at the steps of the Florida Capital on May 10, 2018.  

Following the walk, Hill founded his nonprofit, The Firehood Foundation, which initially focused on supporting firefighters and their families who are dealing with occupational cancer, but quickly expanded to help those suffering from PTSD, as well as heart, and lung disease. 

Hill has recently been recognized by the Miami Dolphins and the Orlando Magic for his dedication to helping first responders.

The upcoming event will help support Hill's next walk, which is set to take place in January of 2022. 

The organization is still seeking corporate and individual sponsors to help support raising awareness. Those interested can choose from a variety of sponsorship options. 

The fundraiser will begin at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Winter Garden Elks Lodge at 700 S. Ninth St. 

The rally will run until 4 p.m. and include food, music, games and raffle prizes. 

For more information, to donate, or to help serve, call the lodge at 407-656-2165.



Annabelle Sikes

News Editor Annabelle Sikes was born in Boca Raton and moved to Orlando in 2018 to attend the University of Central Florida. She graduated from UCF in May 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in sociology. Her past journalism experiences include serving as a web producer at the Orlando Sentinel, a reporter at The Community Paper, managing editor for NSM Today, digital manager at Centric Magazine and as an intern for the Orlando Weekly.

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