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Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley holding benefit for firefighters

Dierks Bentley, who grew up in Phoenix, has one day off the rest of this month and he’s giving it to the families of fallen firefighters in Arizona.

The country music star will host the “Country Cares Concert” on July 22 in Prescott Valley, where 19 members of a wildland firefighting crew were killed last week. Their deaths left behind 51 fatherless children, a number that sticks with the former Arizona resident as he waits for the birth of his third child later this year.

“We want to make as much for those families as we can and hopefully start something that will continue on long after the music is over as far as remembering the firefighters and their families and these kids that live on as well,” Bentley said. “We want to help get something rolling to look after them and help them move forward.”

The Granite Mountain Hotshots from the Prescott Fire Department were killed June 30 near Yarnell, Ariz., when winds shifted, cutting off their escape route. It was the largest loss of life for firefighters in a single event since the Sept. 11 World Trade Center terrorist attacks in 2001 in New York.

A memorial service was to be held Tuesday with Vice President Joe Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano scheduled to attend.

Bentley is inviting other performers for the benefit, to be announced in the coming days. All proceeds from the concert will go to the United Phoenix Firefighters to be distributed directly to the families of the fallen. Tickets for the event go on sale Friday at the Tim’s Toyota Center box office in Prescott Valley or online at sponsor radio station KMLE-FM’s website.

Bentley grew up in Phoenix and has fond memories of rolling through the area on Highway 69. He spent a lot of time camping and fishing in the central part of the state before moving the Nashville for college and the music business, and is glad he can return to help out.

“It’s a tragic event but hopefully this will provide some healing and sort of be an uplifting moment for the community,” Bentley said. “We want to raise some money, try to be positive, focus on the good things and do something good on this occasion. Hopefully, it will be a fun evening in the face of tragic events and raise people’s spirits.”

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NB|AZ establishes account for Fire Victims

National Bank of Arizona (NB|AZ) has established a donation bank account through the United Way of Prescott to benefit the families of the 19 firefighters who lost their lives bravely battling the Yarnell Hill Fire. The fund also will be used to assist the residents of Yarnell whose homes were destroyed by the blaze.

Donations can be made to United Way of Yavapai County, FBO Yarnell Hill Fire Fund – #0440011985 at any NB|AZ branch in Arizona.

“We extend our deepest condolences and support to our employees, customers and residents in the Yarnell Hill area who are being affected by this tragedy,” said Keith Maio, president and CEO of NB|AZ. “With a branch location in Wickenburg and multiple branches in Prescott, this fire is in our own backyard. We will continue to service these communities and we pledge our support both now during this crisis and in the coming weeks and months of rebuilding.”

In addition to establishing the donation bank account, NB|AZ has committed to making contributions to the 100 Club of Arizona and the American Red Cross, along with individual cash gifts to the immediate family members of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who were lost in the fire.

NB|AZ also is currently working to coordinate larger-scale relief efforts over the long-term. These include an internal fundraising campaign through the NB|AZ True Partner Fund for employees living and working near the affected area, and a benefit event that will likely take place in the coming months.

The NB|AZ branch locations in Wickenburg and Prescott remain open for business and for taking donations.

For more information about NB|AZ and its services, please visit www.nbarizona.com.

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NB|AZ establishes account for Fire Victims

National Bank of Arizona (NB|AZ) has established a donation bank account through the United Way of Prescott to benefit the families of the 19 firefighters who lost their lives bravely battling the Yarnell Hill Fire. The fund also will be used to assist the residents of Yarnell whose homes were destroyed by the blaze.

Donations can be made to United Way of Yavapai County, FBO Yarnell Hill Fire Fund – #0440011985 at any NB|AZ branch in Arizona.

“We extend our deepest condolences and support to our employees, customers and residents in the Yarnell Hill area who are being affected by this tragedy,” said Keith Maio, president and CEO of NB|AZ. “With a branch location in Wickenburg and multiple branches in Prescott, this fire is in our own backyard. We will continue to service these communities and we pledge our support both now during this crisis and in the coming weeks and months of rebuilding.”

In addition to establishing the donation bank account, NB|AZ has committed to making contributions to the 100 Club of Arizona and the American Red Cross, along with individual cash gifts to the immediate family members of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who were lost in the fire.

NB|AZ also is currently working to coordinate larger-scale relief efforts over the long-term. These include an internal fundraising campaign through the NB|AZ True Partner Fund for employees living and working near the affected area, and a benefit event that will likely take place in the coming months.

The NB|AZ branch locations in Wickenburg and Prescott remain open for business and for taking donations.

For more information about NB|AZ and its services, please visit www.nbarizona.com.

Yarnell Hill Fire

Bank of America Donates $25,000 To Fire Fund

The unimaginable tragedy that took the lives of 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots has left everyone in Arizona reeling, but none more than the friends, families and colleagues of the firefighters and the residents of Yarnell whose lives have been turned upside down.

The first instinct for officials at Bank of America was to help as best that can.  For that reason, and to make the best, most-effective use of the services, support and resources already in place in Yavapai County, Bank of America is donating $25,000 to the Yarnell Emergency Fire Fund at the United Way of Yavapai County.  The Fund will help those who have lost loved ones fighting the fire with the Granite Mountain Hotshots and the residents of Yarnell who have lost their homes to the wild fire.

In addition, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation will match employee donations to relief efforts through the bank’s Matching Gifts program.

“Every single member of the Bank of America team in Arizona has been affected by the incredible bravery and unspeakable devastation of the Yarnell Fire,” said Bank of America Arizona President Benito Almanza.   “We don’t have to live in Prescott or be close enough to see the fire or smell the smoke to know that these horrific experiences bring us closer together as a community.  As neighbors, however you define that, we wish we could do more.”

“This tremendously generous donation will be of critical use to help those most affected by this tragedy move forward,” said Yvonne Bartlett, Development Director, United Way of Yavapai County.   “We very much appreciate the quick and thoughtful response of Bank of America and its employees, both those living in Yavapai County and those whose hearts are with us from around Arizona.”

For more information about the Yarnell Emergency Fire Fund go to www.unitedwayyavapai.org.