I hadn’t heard about the Guardians of the Ribbon event held on the downtown square this morning but, luckily, Dennis Haberkern did. The photos posted here are published with his permission.
The downtown area made room for luncheon tables on Louisiana street today as a 10 member crew rolled into McKinney driving five pink fire trucks as part of the Guardians of the Ribbon tour.
Dressed in pink firefighter uniforms, the Guardians of the Ribbon are actually firefighters and police officers who normally wear whatever shade of blue represents fire protection and law and order in their home jurisdictions. Since August 18th of this year, they have traded in their normal uniforms for pink fire suits and are driving pink firetrucks inscribed with messages from supporters from city to city and state to state raising money and awareness for the non-profit entities that help women battling cancer in that particular area. You can track their tour on their Facebook Page. They sell their trademark pink shirts to raise money for the travel and maintenance of the fire trucks while on the road but the bulk of their fundraising is intended to benefit the women battling cancer in the cities that they visit. If you didn’t get to make it to the event and still want to support a great cause, you can buy one of their shirts through their official web site or from any McKinney Fire Department throughout the rest of October.
As I said, I wasn’t able to make it to the event but it sounds like it was fun. According to the Dallas Morning News’s blog post written before the event, the fire trucks were scheduled to roll in at 11:30 and a special luncheon event was held from noon until two. Sack lunches were provided by Rick’s Chophouse, Square Burger, Patina Green and Spoons for $7 each while live entertainment was provided on the McKinney sound stage.
Funds raised in McKinney will benefit the local Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Firefighter Cancer Support Network.
The McKinney FireFighters Association (the MFFA 4017) is a continuing supporter and participant in the Guardians of the Ribbon program and an active member of our community that really deserves a pat on the back for their efforts in this and many other local events. If I haven’t said it before, and even if I have, thank you!
Dennis, thanks again for letting me know about this event and permitting me to post some of your photos!
Until next time,