Howl at the Moon - Hollywood wants your help in raising money for the Los Angeles Fire Department. The bar will play host Thursday, June 21, to a fundraiser to benefit the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation.
Partygoers will have the opportunity to leave a $5 donation at the door that will help buy equipment, computer software and other technology for Los Angeles firefighters, said Karen Wegener, president of the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation.
It is all part of the foundation's effort to purchase "things the city does not provide that we can provide to make their job better," she said.
This also includes specially designed, high-tech flashlights, communications equipment and night vision goggles for helicopters.
LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey said the assistance the foundation provides the fire department is invaluable.
"In a time of profound fiscal austerity, they allow male and female firefighters to perform at their optimal level," Humphrey said. "They're able to do things we, as uniformed firefighters, are not permitted to do."
Humphrey pointed out firefighters themselves, as a government agency, are prevented from doing their own fundraising.
Gregg White, events manager at Howl at the Moon - Hollywood, said the bar is happy to help out. He even has special drinks planned in honor of the occasion, including a "fireman's brew" and a custom-made shot called "Where there's smoke" featuring real smoke.
Humphrey said the department appreciates the efforts of all those involved with next week's fundraiser, and the LAFD is especially grateful to the foundation for working tirelessly on its behalf.
"They fill in the gap, and they do it with great pride and pleasure," Humphrey said. "They've proven to be a great asset to LAFD members and their mission."
The fundraiser is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at 1000 Universal Studios Blvd. No reservations are required, but you must be over 21 to attend.