Calexico firefighters' carne asada sale raises over $12,000 for New York fund

September 26, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Thousands of people from all over the Imperial Valley grubbed for a good cause Sunday at a carne asada plate sale in front of the Calexico fire station on Fifth Street.

Firefighter/Paramedic Cedric Ceseña said the department and the city of Calexico raised more than $12,700 for the New York Firefighters-911 Disaster Relief Fund.

"We doubled our goal of 7,200 bucks," he said.

As of Tuesday there was $12,700 in the till and "still more money pouring in," he added.

On the day of the sale people were donating $100 for two $6 plates of carne asada.

The firefighters/cooks started working at 6 a.m. Sunday, setting up the seating and firing up barbecues.

They sold carne asada from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m..

All proceeds from the sale will go to firefighters' fund back east because the city of Calexico donated the funds for the food.


"The city came through and financed the whole operation. They took care of all of the expenses. The firefighters' association provided all of the man hours," Ceseña said.

"It was a total success, something that is not seen very often. The community came together. People from all over the Valley came down.

"It was a beautiful thing to see — the outpouring of support for our brothers back east," he added.

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