Grizzlies and McCormick Barstow to assist families of fallen firefighters

Brian Hughes and Braden Varney heroically lost their lives battling the Ferguson Fire

By Fresno Grizzlies | August 3, 2018 5:42 PM

FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno Grizzlies and McCormick Barstow are partnering on "CAL FIRE Night" at Chukchansi Park, to take place on Friday, August 10 against Albuquerque (7:05 p.m. first pitch), with a ticket sales a fundraiser benefitting the families of Brian Hughes and Braden Varney. Each firefighter passed away while helping to control the Ferguson Fire. Two dollars from every walk-up ticket purchased the night of the game and five dollars from every advance ticket purchase at this link: ( will go to the families of Brian Hughes and Braden Varney.
The Grizzlies and McCormick Barstow have agreed to start the funding with an initial $2,500 contribution.  
"When something as tragic as this happens, it's important that as a community we come together. The Grizzlies and McCormick Barstow are each a big part of the Central Valley and it's our job to step up to the plate and create a night that can help these families and support CAL FIRE," said Derek Franks, President of the Fresno Grizzlies. "With our partners at McCormick Barstow taking the lead, we'd love to have the community come together for a game and help raise as much money for these families as we can." 

"When the Grizzlies called, we knew we had to help. It's partnerships like this that can really help impact a community and families in need," said Laura Wolfe, Partner at McCormick Barstow. "We're proud to be the partner for CAL FIRE Night at Chukchansi Park and will do everything we can to help generate revenue for these families. It's a tragic time for them but we hope this night helps just a little bit."

The Grizzlies will also hold a silent auction of autographed game-worn jerseys from this season during Friday's game, with proceeds donated to the families. A moment of silence for fallen firefighters will be observed prior to first pitch. All proceeds from walk-up tickets, advance-sale tickets purchased via the link, and the jersey auction will go directly to both families.


The Fresno Grizzlies, Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, are a member of the 16-team Pacific Coast League and one of 30 clubs in the world playing the highest level of Minor League Baseball. The team plays at 11,800-seat Chukchansi Park in Downtown Fresno, which is also a year-round community gathering place, hosting myriad other special events beyond Grizzlies' games, such as concerts, professional soccer and high school sporting events. The Grizzlies entered the 2018 season - their 21st in Fresno - on the momentum of three consecutive winning seasons, including a PCL and National Championship in 2015. For information on Fresno Grizzlies season ticket and mini-plans, fans should call the Grizzlies' ticket office at 559.320.TIXS between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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