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Volunteers Tara Calderon, left, and Pam Garrett, of Golden Gate Estates, collect donations and distribute raffle tickets during a fund raiser benefiting the families who lost their homes in a May 28 brush fire, Saturday, June 7, 2008, at the Collier County Fairgrounds. The Homeowners Association of Golden Gate Estates and the Collier County Fair held the event to benefit the three families who lost their homes and to recognize the local emergency workers who protected 145 homes in the 800-acre blaze while preventing any loss of human life.

Photo by DAVID ALBERS

Volunteers Tara Calderon, left, and Pam Garrett, of Golden Gate Estates, collect donations and distribute raffle tickets during a fund raiser benefiting the families who lost their homes in a May 28 brush fire, Saturday, June 7, 2008, at the Collier County Fairgrounds. The Homeowners Association of Golden Gate Estates and the Collier County Fair held the event to benefit the three families who lost their homes and to recognize the local emergency workers who protected 145 homes in the 800-acre blaze while preventing any loss of human life.

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  • Volunteers Tara Calderon, left, and Pam Garrett, of Golden Gate Estates, collect donations and distribute raffle tickets during a fund raiser benefiting the families who lost their homes in a May 28 brush fire, Saturday, June 7, 2008, at the Collier County Fairgrounds. The Homeowners Association of Golden Gate Estates and the Collier County Fair held the event to benefit the three families who lost their homes and to recognize the local emergency workers who protected 145 homes in the 800-acre blaze while preventing any loss of human life.
  • Community residents gather at a fund raiser benefiting the families who lost their homes in a May 28 brush fire, Saturday, June 7, 2008, at the Collier County Fairgrounds. The Homeowners Association of Golden Gate Estates and the Collier County Fair Board held the event to benefit the three families who lost their homes and to recognize the local emergency workers who protected 145 homes in the 800-acre blaze while preventing any loss of human life.
  • Golden Gate Estates resident Sandy Steinheiser is hugged by musician Leslie Weidenhammer during a fund raiser benefiting the families who lost their homes in a May 28 brush fire, Saturday, June 7, 2008, at the Collier County Fairgrounds. The Homeowners Association of Golden Gate Estates and the Collier County Fair Board held the event to benefit the three families who lost their homes and to recognize the local emergency workers who protected 145 homes in the 800-acre blaze while preventing any loss of human life.
  • Golden Gate Estates resident Donald Steinheiser thanks a group of Golden Gate Fire Control and Rescue District personnel at a fund raiser benefiting the families who lost their homes in a May 28 brush fire, Saturday, June 7, 2008, at the Collier County Fairgrounds. The Homeowners Association of Golden Gate Estates and the Collier County Fair Board held the event to benefit the three families who lost their homes and to recognize the local emergency workers who protected 145 homes in the 800-acre blaze while preventing any loss of human life.
  • Golden Gate Estates residents Sandy and Donald Steinheiser thank a group of Golden Gate Fire Control and Rescue District personnel at a fund raiser benefiting the families who lost their homes in a May 28 brush fire, Saturday, June 7, 2008, at the Collier County Fairgrounds. The Homeowners Association of Golden Gate Estates and the Collier County Fair Board held the event to benefit the three families who lost their homes and to recognize the local emergency workers who protected 145 homes in the 800-acre blaze while preventing any loss of human life.
  • Golden Gate Estates resident Donald Steinheiser thanks Collier County Undersheriff Kevin Rambosk, left, and Lt. Scott Stamets at a fund raiser benefiting the families who lost their homes in a May 28 brush fire, Saturday, June 7, 2008, at the Collier County Fairgrounds. The Homeowners Association of Golden Gate Estates and the Collier County Fair Board held the event to benefit the three families who lost their homes and to recognize the local emergency workers who protected 145 homes in the 800-acre blaze while preventing any loss of human life.
  • Five-year-old Austin Gonzalez, of Naples, bounds around a bounce house at a fund raiser benefiting the families who lost their homes in a May 28 brush fire, Saturday, June 7, 2008, at the Collier County Fairgrounds. The Homeowners Association of Golden Gate Estates and the Collier County Fair Board held the event to benefit the three families who lost their homes and to recognize the local emergency workers who protected 145 homes in the 800-acre blaze while preventing any loss of human life.
  • Bonita Springs Fire Rescue lieutenant paramedic Jason Fair peruses a car show at a fund raiser benefiting the families who lost their homes in a May 28 brush fire, Saturday, June 7, 2008, at the Collier County Fairgrounds. The Homeowners Association of Golden Gate Estates and the Collier County Fair Board held the event to benefit the three families who lost their homes and to recognize the local emergency workers who protected 145 homes in the 800-acre blaze while preventing any loss of human life.
  • Bonita Springs Fire Rescue firefighter/EMT Casey Craft peruses the car show of a fund raiser benefiting the families who lost their homes in a May 28 brush fire, Saturday, June 7, 2008, at the Collier County Fairgrounds. The Homeowners Association of Golden Gate Estates and the Collier County Fair Board held the event to benefit the three families who lost their homes and to recognize the local emergency workers who protected 145 homes in the 800-acre blaze while preventing any loss of human life.

Golden Gate Estates community extends helping hand to wildfire victims.

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