Fralinger to Donate Fire Fund to Victims

The string band is handing over Fire Fund donations to victims of Monday's warehouse fire.

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    Members of the Fralinger String Band are paying it forward.

    The group has decided to hand over money collected through their Fire Fund, to the victims of Monday's raging warehouse fire in South Philadelphia. The blaze broke out a warehouse at 2nd and Wharton Streets where the band builds and stores props for the Mummers Parade on New Year's Day.

    The fund was set up as a way for the band to offset the cost of rebuilding all of its props, but the area of the building where their props were store suffered little damage, and little loss to Fralinger.

    So, in the spirit of giving, Fralinger says it will dontate all "Fire Fund" proceeds to the families whose homes were impacted by the fire. “Replacing and adjusting our props is a mere inconvenience in comparison to the devastating losses these residents suffered. The Fire Fund is better utilized by those truly in need”, said Steve Coper, the band’s Chairman and Business Manager.

    All donations to the Fralinger Fire Fund received from December 12 through January 1, 2013 will be donated to the fire victims.

    The Philadelphia Mummers String Band Association is supporting their efforts and collecting donations along 2nd street during the annual "Santa" parade on Sunday.