Fargo Force's Hometown Heroes Night sets record for donations

Photo by: Fargo Force
Photo by: Fargo Force

(Fargo, ND) -- Several first responding units across the FM Metro are set to get a boost thanks to the Fargo Force.

Team officials have announced that the 2023 Hometown Heroes Night raised $80,809.72 for local Cass and Clay Emergency Service Organizations. The event took place on Saturday, January 21st drawing in a sellout crowd and one of the best attended games in Fargo Force history.

With the funds raised, the Fargo Force and Cross Insulation are able to provide funds for 16 different First Responder Groups to purchase requested items such as gas monitors, turnout gear, AED’s, emergency extrication struts, life safety rope and more.

The organizations receiving funds were voted on and ranked prior to the event by the Hometown Heroes committee which is comprised of corporate sponsors. They include:

  • HORACE RURAL FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT | Emergency Extrication Struts
  • CLAY COUNTRY SHERIFF’S OFFICE | Breaching Kits
  • HITTERDAL AREA FIRE DEPARTMENT | Gas Monitor & CO2 Monitors
  • FELTON FIRST RESPONDERS INC. | O2 Monitor & 2 AED’s
  • SABIN-ELMWOOD FIRE DEPARTMENT | X-AM 2500 4 Gas Meter
  • VALLEY WATER RESCUE | Outboard Motors
  • GRANDIN GARDNER FIRE DEPARTMENT | Turnout Gear
  • KINDRED FIRE DEPARTMENT | Extrication Tools
  • HARWOOD FIRE AND RESCUE | PPU Firefighting Exhaust Fan
  • MOORHEAD FIRE DEPARTMENT | Life Safety Rope
  • HAWLEY AREA FIRE DEPARTMENT | Gas Portable Water Pump
  • CASS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE | Ballistic Shield
  • RED RIVER VALLEY SWAT | Lifesaving Equipment
  • MAPLETON QUICK RESPONSE UNIT | 2 AED’S
  • WEST FARGO POLICE DEPARTMENT | Small Rams & Halligan Tool
  • BUFFALO VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT | 2 AED’s

Last season the Force raised a record $63,071.06, this year thanks to all the corporate sponsors and community members involved in this event that record was shattered by $17,738.66.

“It’s truly amazing seeing the community come together to support an event like this,” said Fargo Force Team President Jon Kram in a statement released to WDAY Radio. “This is the 9th Annual Hometown Heroes Night and each year we continue to raise more funds and reach more people in our community. The Fargo Force Organization couldn’t be prouder to support this event, we can not wait to see where it goes in the future.”

Funds were raised through helmet sponsorships, donations, a post-game jersey auction, an online silent auction, raffle ticket sales, custom sweatshirt sales, and a $2,500 match from the Dakota Medical Foundation. The Force also donated $1 from every ticket sold to the HH Fund.

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