Can you imagine?  It’s a beautiful early summer day, you decide to take advantage of the nice weather for a day in Denver for some fun and errand running.  It’s warm in the city, too warm to take your dog so he stays home in the cool mountains.

All is good, checking out at the last stop and your phone rings—it’s your neighbor calling to tell you your house is on fire.

Somehow you manage to safely drive back over the pass only to receive a call from Lt. Dan of the Grand County Sheriff’s Office saying not to rush . . .

By the time Toni and Randy Barrett arrived at their home near Winter Park Highlands, not only was their house, garage and car a total loss but they also learned that their beloved dog, Boomer, perished in the fire.  All personal possessions—gone.

Having lived here in the Fraser Valley for 34 years, you might remember the Barretts from Pizza Hut which they operated from 1989—2012. Toni now has Grand County Brochure Business and is a volunteer with Advocates while Randy is busy with his handyman business, RMB Home Services. Their clients and vendors have been very supportive which has allowed them to continue working.

They have temporary housing, thanks to a friend’s generosity, through the summer but are needing a place to rent going forward.  While they do have insurance, it is not a quick settlement as the actual cause is still under investigation and in any case is unlikely to cover everything.  They are hoping to be able to rebuild and stay in this community they love.

Meanwhile, to help them with expenses, friends are hosting a fun fundraiser on Wednesday July 10 at The Foundry in Fraser from 5:30—8 p.m. Bowling optional, socializing and fun is mandatory.

Happy hour prices on food and beverage will be offered all evening, those who choose may bowl for $10 an hour with proceeds going to the Barretts. Monetary donations of any size will be very much appreciated.

Toni says they are counting their blessings—they have their kids, friends and the love and support of the community. They extend their thanks and heartfelt gratitude to the firefighters and all the gracious and kind people who have been helping them out.