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Sharefest Partners with Local General Contractor to Transform Kitchen in the Oldest Standing Fire House in Redondo Beach in Twelve Days

April 4, 2012

REDONDO BEACH, Calif., April 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — On Saturday, April 28, 2012 Sharefest Community Development in partnership with John Pitzer, PCC, Inc. and a core team of skilled, volunteer contractors will have the opportunity to transform the kitchen at the Redondo Beach Fire Department’s Station #1 on 401 S. Broadway.

As the second firehouse to be built in the city, this building was constructed in 1959 by Drew’s Construction, and was the second home to Fire Chief C.E.Sneary. Fifty three years and eight Fire Chiefs later the kitchen countertops, sink and cabinets, remain original and are now damaged due to over use. Recently, Redondo Beach Fire Station #1 applied for an online contest sponsored by IKEA(TM) to win a kitchen remodel. Sadly, they did not receive the highest number of votes and missed out on the opportunity. This year, on Sharefest’s 9th Annual Workday, April 28, 2012, Sharefest wants to give back to these unselfish men and women who risk their lives to save ours. Sharefest is calling on the community to come along side them and help rally support for this amazing cause.

“As a rule, the firefighters I work with are willing to give their all and ask for nothing. It goes against their grain to do so…As a Chief Officer it is frustrating because it seems like every time we try to find a few extra bucks to help out the firefighters and give them some simple upgrades, something always comes up that is more essential…We don’t like to ask for help, but it would be greatly appreciated if we could just get some cabinets and a new counter.” -Steve Hyink, Fire Division Chief of Operations

While their only hope was to “win” the IKEA(TM) makeover contest, Sharefest’s goal reaches far beyond simply replacing cabinets and a countertop. The plan is to upgrade the flooring, plumbing fixtures, dishwasher, refrigerators, washer and dryer, carpeting and flooring in the dorms and common areas, and upgrade the conference room as well. With the generous support of donors, corporations, skilled laborers and dedicated volunteers, Sharefest will be able to complete a nine month project in just twelve days. Normally a project this size would be in upwards of $250,000; however, it will be completed for just under $85,000.

Please visit sharefestinc.org/rbfd to donate or find out how you can be a part of making this community project a huge success.

Sharefest Community Development, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit, founded in 2006, that develops comprehensive programs and services that strengthen communities and meet the needs in the lives of children and families.

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