Oak Fire: Fundraiser held to support Mariposa County residents impacted by wildfire

'People need music in this time any kind of little distraction and just to have a little fun'

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Sunday, August 7, 2022 6:39PM
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Efforts are already underway to help victims of the Oak Fire in Mariposa County. An event at the Grove House Saturday brought the community together.

MARIPOSA COUNTY, Calif. (KFSN) -- Efforts are already underway to help victims of the Oak Fire in Mariposa County.

An event at the Grove House Saturday brought the community together.

Live music, food, drinks and a silent auction are all part of the event.

All proceeds, besides food sales, are going to those impacted by the Oak Fire through the Mariposa Community Foundation, the Southern Miwuk Nation, and the Alliance for Community Transformation.

"I did not grow up here, but I've lived here the last four years and there has been a fire every year that I've lived here," said Grove House General Manager Katie Mundel. "This is a really tight-knit place and so even if we personally weren't impacted, everybody knows somebody who lost a home."

Singer-songwriter Scott Patrick was thankful to know the Grove House's owner.

He didn't hesitate when he was called upon to bring his musical touch to the place he calls home.

"I've always loved playing for the community and when he asked me to play for the event I'm like heck yes man, anything to support my hometown," he told us. "People need music in this time any kind of little distraction and just to have a little fun."

And while many enjoyed craft beer and wine, those same community members were mindful of the situation at hand.

"Every time there's a wildfire it's a serious threat to people's safety and their homes and a fundraiser like this is really helpful, gets people back together again and it really builds community to overcome stuff like this," said Michael Cornwall.

Cornwell said he's amazed by the community support, but knows it won't fix things overnight.

A sentiment shared by Allie Mirassou.

"You know we're no stranger to wildfires up here this isn't the first time we've had mass evacuations and it just floors me that time and time again there's always community members willing to step up there's people donating, people taking refugees from the fire into their house," Mirassou said.

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