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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.”

Yarnell Hill Fire

Wells Fargo Donates to Yarnell Wildfire Relief Efforts

Wells Fargo announced it has contributed $65,000 to the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter for Disaster Relief funds and the 100 Club’s Survivor Fund in response to the Yarnell wildfire in Yavapai County.  Specifically, Wells Fargo will contribute $50,000 to the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter for Disaster Relief and $15,000 to the 100 Club’s Survivor Fund for families of the fallen firefighters.

“The enormity of this loss is devastating, and we want to help our customers, friends and communities who have been so tragically affected by this fire,” said Pamela Conboy, Arizona Lead Regional President.  “We know our contribution will help fund the important work of the American Red Cross and the 100 Club in assisting victims of the fire. We truly appreciate their efforts.”

Wells Fargo customers can also donate to the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter at 540 Wells Fargo ATMs in Arizona until July 22. Customers will not be charged a fee for using this service and 100 percent of the donations will be sent to the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter.

Wells Fargo customers affected by the Yarnell wild fire in Yavapai County should contact their banker and visit their nearest Wells Fargo store to discuss financial options.  Customers who need assistance can call 1-800-TO-WELLS (1-800-869-3557) 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Customers can also visit their nearest Wells Fargo store once normal hours of operation resume.