Fundraiser to Benefit Victims of the Mission/Valencia Fire

This is such a good thing to see: A fundraiser has been organized to benefit the 12 now-homeless victims of the three-alarm fire that tore through two buildings on Mission Street last night. The benefit will take place at El Rio tomorrow, on Friday, April 8 from 8pm-2am, or you can donate via PayPal to

Here’s the fundraiser announcement:

Many of you saw or heard about the devastating fire that happened on Mission and Valencia last night. The house that took the brunt of the damage was actually a house full of amazing friends who many of you may know and love. It looks as though the fire destroyed most or all of their possessions and made the house uninhabitable for the foreseeable future.

Currently the residents are without homes, clothes, and other basic necessities and could really use assistance getting back on their feet. The four people who lost their home are all amazing people who have been active vibrant parts of our queer community in San Francisco and have always shown their strongest support for the needs of others. Now its our turn to show our support and bring together the generosity and might of our community to support them in this time of need.

El Rio has generously allowed us to take over their front room on Friday night for an emergency benefit to raise funds for these four amazing folks to purchase the basics they need to stay afloat. Please please please spread the word about this event on facebook and elsewhere and come out, dig deep and share your $$ with folks who really need it right now. At the door there will be someone collecting cash to be distributed directly to the victims of the fire, so just make sure that person gets your donation, come in, have some drinks hangout on the patio and dance a bit if you like.

Also, El Rio will also be donating 100% of their bar proceeds from 8-9pm directly to the four folks affected so come early, donate and drink.

Brown Amy & I are going to be DJ’ing & anyone else who would like to be involved by DJ’ing, speaking, whatever please contact me and let me know.

*** If you are unable to attend you can make your donations via Paypal to ***

PHOTO: The day after, by Burrito Justice

4 thoughts on “Fundraiser to Benefit Victims of the Mission/Valencia Fire

    • Darcy,
      I stopped to chat with Kathy today when I was jogging by. It was pretty heartbreaking, as she’s always such a ray of sunshine and she broke down in tears. It sounds like it is going to be a really, really rough haul for her and her family. I’d be interested in helping to put something together to help them get things together, as well. It sounds like insurance isn’t going to be much, if any, help.

      • Thanks Heather. If you organize anything to help them, Bernalwood will be happy to help spread the word.

        Perhaps they might consider re-opening as a pop-up inside Caffe Cozzolino? I’m only half-kidding about that.

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