• Soulutions For At-Risk Youth - Scholarship Fundraiser

    July 09, 2019
                As the Robbin Mackbee Firefighter/EMS Youth Academy begins its fourth year of service to the community of Vallejo, the cadets and program staff would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the City of Vallejo Fire Department and Medic Ambulance Company for their unwavering support.  The academy has become a unique component of the community resilience and public safety equation as youth are empowered with public safety knowledge and life-saving skills that add value to their community service. Cadets are also provided exposure to various public safety professions in firefighting and emergency medical services, along with, career pathways to provide academic guidance and career development. With the additional support of the Vallejo City Unified School District and Solano Community College, we are well positioned to further our efforts.

                On August 24, 2019, we will be hosting the John Wells Public Safety Scholarship fundraiser at the Empress Theatre in Vallejo.  The evening is designed to be a celebration of the community, as well as, a way of honoring one of Vallejo’s distinguished leaders, Assistant Fire Chief John Wells (deceased). Chief Wells was the first African-American firefighter in Vallejo, a beloved member of the community, as well as, a mentor and role model to firefighters in Vallejo and throughout northern California. He embraced diversity, inclusiveness, and equity in the fire service.

                The John Wells Public Safety Scholarship fundraiser will embody the spirit of service to community that Chief John Wells and Fire Engineer Robbin Mackbee demonstrated throughout their honorable careers. The evening will feature music provided by Bay Area world-fusion jazz musicians “Five Ten” and Bryan Girard, as well as, food, wine tasting, and a silent auction.  All proceeds from the event will be used to fund additional educational opportunities for the cadets of the academy who are interested in first responder careers as firefighters, emergency medical technicians (EMT), paramedics and/or nurses. This effort is a fitting tribute to the legacy of both these community heroes.  Your support of this effort and attendance of this event will help us achieve that goal.

                The Robbin Mackbee Firefighter/EMS Youth Academy is named in honor of Vallejo Firefighter Robbin Mackbee, who was recruited to the fire service by Assistant Fire Chief John Wells. Robbin made the ultimate sacrifice and gave his life in service to the citizens of Vallejo on July 28, 1980.  The Academy is a public safety career exploration, guidance, and mentoring program that promotes academic achievement, community service, and self-discipline.  The families of Assistant Fire Chief John Wells and Engineer Robbin Mackbee are very appreciative of this fitting legacy to the community that will assist middle school and high school aged students from the area to successfully complete high school and continue their education towards becoming a first responder.

                Though we are in the initial planning stages, things are moving rapidly, and the excitement is building for our cadets and staff to make this a successful event.  Our initial interest is to identify community sponsors to assist us in covering the expense of this event. Along with the selling of tickets, there will be spaces available for purchase in the event program created to memorialize the evening.  We are hoping to raise additional scholarship funds by selling sponsorship pages in this publication which will provide our partners and supporting organizations about city and community services.  We are also looking for quality silent auction items to be donated and would greatly appreciate these donations as well.

                If you are able to commit your support as a sponsor today, we would like to schedule an opportunity to meet with you to share our specific needs and event details. Otherwise, as for now, we simply ask that you add this on your calendar, save the date, and share this event with your colleagues, friends and family.  Join us on August 24th at the Empress Theatre to celebrate the city and its heroes, past, present and future.

                For more information about the Robbin Mackbee Firefighter/EMS Youth Academy, please visit our website at www.FirefighterYouthAcademy.org and/or take a look at a brief video featuring the Robbin Mackbee Firefighter EMS/Youth Academy at https://youtu.be/vw2kyVjv2rg
    To commit your support today, please contact:
    Battalion Chief Byron Berhel (retired)
    Firefighter Youth Academy Founder/SFARY C.E.O.
    Byron@SFARY.org  (510)719-8499
    Event Summary
    When:            August 24, 2019
    Where:          The Empress Theatre, 330 Virginia St., Vallejo, Ca 94590
    Time:             6:00 P.M. Pre-concert Donor Reception includes a silent auction and music by the Bryan Girard quartet. $1000 sponsorship provides an exclusive VIP experience includes wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres.
    8:00 P.M. Main Concert featuring the world fusion jazz sounds of the Bay Area’s own “Five Ten Music”
    Cost:             General Admission $25
    Byron Berhel, Pres & CEO
    (510) 719-8499
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