Fundraising update

more than $1 million: The largest of many funds created to help the families of the nine Charleston firefighters who died in the Sofa Super Store fire has received nearly $1.2 million in donations, city officials said Monday.

The City of Charleston Firemen's Fund had collected $1,198,792 as of Monday morning. The proceeds eventually will be evenly divided among the nine firefighters' families or estates, city officials have said.

The address for donations is: City of Charleston Firemen's Fund, P.O. Box 304, Charleston, SC 29402

DONATIONS AT LUNCH: On Wednesday, Outback Steakhouse opened its doors for a fundraiser luncheon for the City of Charleston Firemen's Fund. With the support of the community, they raised more than $16,000. To learn more, contact Tony Cuajunco at 763-8999.

CARWASH: The U-12 and U-14 Charleston Braves Travel Baseball Teams held a carwash Saturday at Rick Hendrick Honda to raise money for the City of Charleston Firemen's Fund. More than $2,000 was collected. The money will be presented to city of Charleston Fire Chief Rusty Thomas after the teams return from the World Series. The team will represent the city of Charleston Fire Department and families by wearing the City Fire Department emblem on jerseys, batting helmets and coaches' hats during the tournament in Florida.

Donations and memorials

scholarship: Checks made payable to Charleston Nine Scholarship Endowment can be mailed to Coastal Community Foundation, 90 Mary St., Charleston, SC 29403. For more information, call CCF at 843-723-3635 or visit Donations are tax-deductible.

Firemen's Endowment: Donations from organizations that require a 501(c)(3) agency to direct money can contribute to this fund. Organizations and individuals can contribute to: South Carolina State Firemen's Association Endowment (Tax ID #56-2254232), Charleston Firefighters, South Carolina State Firefighter's Association, Attention: James Bowie, P.O. Box 211725, Columbia, SC 29221. Those who do not legally require tax deductibility may still do so through the City of Charleston Firemen's Fund. Any citizen having a question on the city's fundraising efforts can contact the office of the chief financial officer at 843-579-7529.

Memorial service: Send contributions to fund the joint memorial service to city of Charleston, c/o Firefighters Memorial Service Fund, P.O. Box 853, Charleston, SC 29402

College of Charleston: Donation boxes in the Stern Student Center. Benefits the Charleston Firemen's Fund. The school also has put up a remembrance bulletin board in the student center.

Bojangles' Restaurants Inc. donation: In-store donation program at five Charleston- area restaurants. Goal is $10,000. Through July 31, customers can make $1 and $5 donations at restaurants. Donors will receive a Fire Department Hero Badge signature card to be inscribed with the donor's name. All proceeds will be divided among the firefighters' families.

Denis Leary: The Leary Firefighters Foundation (Denis Leary of "Rescue Me" on FX) is raising funds for the families of the firefighters. All donations will be turned over without administrative fees.

First Federal: Charleston Firefighters Memorial Fund. Donate at branches or mail checks to: First Federal, c/o Linda Weber, 2440 Mall Drive, North Charleston, SC 29406. Benefits the firefighters' families.

Trident United Way: The agency will match the first $10,000 given to the City of Charleston Firemen's Fund.

Piggly Wiggly: The Charleston Fallen Firefighter Fund. Customers can make a donation at the register during checkout. Benefits the firefighters' families.

Southcoast Community Bank: The Southcoast Firefighter's Relief Fund. Cash and checks will be accepted at all branches in the Charleston area. 884-0504 or Benefits the victims' families.

Fire department condolences: City of Charleston Fire Department, Attn: Firefighter Condolences, 262 Meeting St., Charleston, SC 29401.

Fire department headquarters: Charleston Fire Department Headquarters, 46 1/2 Wentworth St., Charleston, SC 29401.

Fundraising events

WORKING OUT FUNDS: V Health Club is $500 shy of its $3,000 goal for its firefighter fundraising project. The club's Tracie Long Mathewes, a nationally renowned fitness industry expert, will offer a class beginning at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at V Health Club, located at 360 Concord St. at the Aquarium Wharf. A minimum donation of $25 to the City of Charleston Firemen's Fund is requested.

Wine pairing: O'Hara & Flynn wine shop in Mount Pleasant Towne Centre will host a wine pairing. 5-7 p.m. July 11. Sparkling, white and red wines will be paired with artisan cheeses, mustards, meats and sweets. $35. RSVP to 810-0088. Benefits the City of Charleston Firemen's Fund.

Paintball: Paintball Charleston will host a benefit for the fallen firefighters 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 14. This event will be a 10-hour paintball game with proceeds going to the City of Charleston Firemen's Fund. The event is open to anyone wishing to help with the fund as well as have a good time playing paintball. The cost varies, but the average person will spend $65 for the day.

Golf tournament: Members of Coosaw Creek Country Club have set up a fund. They will sponsor a fundraising golf tournament Aug. 4. Cost is $100 per person, and the club is asking for individual sponsors at $100 a hole, plus corporate sponsors. Mail checks to Charleston Firefighter Survivor Fund, Coosaw Creek Country Club, Attn: Jeff Narr, 4110 Club Course Drive, North Charleston, SC 29420. They also can be dropped off at the clubhouse or club administrative office. Donations are tax-deductible. Visit All of the money benefits fallen firefighters' families.


REBROADCAST: ETV's South Carolina Channel will rebroadcast the Charleston Firefighters' Memorial Service at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

FREE ADMISSION: Drayton Hall is offering free admission to firefighters, police officers, military veterans and their families through Aug. 31. Admission includes a guided tour of the house, which was built in 1738 on the Ashley River off what's now S.C. Highway 61.