Prescott party aids Yarnell Fire victims

PRESCOTT, AZ - The tragedy in Yarnell touched the lives of hundreds of people in our state.

And wet weather couldn't keep people from showing up in Prescott to show their support for the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew and the community of Yarnell.

In a town of 40,000 it seemed like just about everybody is connected to one of the fallen firefighters.

Amie Nichols lost her cousin in the fire.

"For me, losing one family member it's hard but this draws me close to the community," she said Sunday night.

Thousands gathered where the entire block of Whiskey Row was shut down, filled with live music, food, drinks, silent auction, you name it.

Business owners put together this event.

All of the money raised from the event will go to the 19 families of the firefighters who died in the Yarnell Hill Fire and residents of Yarnell.

Jerry Florman was just one of the many who lost everything in the fire. She and her husband built their home 11 years ago.

She says Sunday's event is just one of the ways the community is helping her push forward.

"Everybody's heart is wide open to us and so concerned and so compassionate and generous. It's just really heart touching. It's amazing that a fire can open a heart like it has," Florman said.

ABC15 talked with a lot of people at Sunday's event and it's really this type of bond, like Jerry was talking about, that is helping push the community forward.

The rain did cause a bit of a delay in the concert lineup.

Jordin Sparks was supposed to perform at 4, but she wasn't able to take center stage until 7 p.m.

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