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Mountain Bean proudly hosts IAFF Burn Foundation Coffee Event this Saturday

Local coffee shop teams with IAFF Firefighters’ Burn Foundation for Fundraiser

Mountain Bean and IAFF Burn Foundation Fundraising Event
Event Date: December 15, 2012
Event Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Event Location: Mountain Bean

  • Stop By and support the IAFF Burn Foundation
  • Purchase a Bag of the "Firehouse Blend" coffee for $10.00

Winnipeg, December 13, 2012---- When the 13th District IAFF Burn Foundation asked Mountain Bean coffee shop to sell a special blend of coffee for their annual fundraising campaign, owner Keri Parkin didn’t hesitate to oblige. This year, when the IAFF Burn Foundation coordinator came back to discuss the annual coffee fundraising campaign, Parkin took her company’s participation one step further.

“We have sold the special IAFF Burn Foundation coffee at Mountain Bean for two years and it’s been something we have been proud to be part of. When they came back to us this year with new ideas that included a special event at Mountain Bean, we really wanted to make it happen,” says Parkin of Mountain Bean, a North Kildonan coffee shop on Henderson Hwy that she owns with her sister-in-law Melanie Gauthier. “We are very proud to be part of this excellent event and worthwhile fundraising campaign.”

The launch of the coffee campaign will be supported by a special event this Saturday afternoon at Mountain Bean, 2001 Henderson Hwy that will feature the “Firehouse Blend” special coffee for sale as well as vintage fire trucks and members and alumni of the Winnipeg Fire Department, who will be handing out educational items on fire prevention. The event will be held in the Mountain Bean parking lot and will take place from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

Lionel Crowther is the 13th District IAFF Burn Foundation Coordinator. He sought out the local connection with Mountain Bean, in particular, since the funds raised by the coffee sale and event will be split between the Lessard/ Nichols scholarship foundation, which was created in honour of two long-serving Winnipeg Fire Fighters, and the IAFF Burn Foundation.

“Over the last two years, Mountain Bean was really kind to us by selling our coffee at their store at no profit to their business,” Crowther said. “We wanted to see if we could continue to expand our partnership and this is what we came up with. We are very excited about the Firehouse Blend coffee fundraising campaign and special event and look forward to the chance to work with Mountain Bean once again.” As with many Winnipeg Fire Fighters, the Lessard/Nichols scholarship is particularly close to Crowther’s heart. He worked closely with both men and he was also among the injured fire fighters the night of the tragic house fire Feb. 4, 2007 that claimed the lives Lessard and Nichols. Crowther says the IAFF Foundation money will be dedicated toward assisting burn-injured fire fighters that are unable to return to firefighting to attend a retreat in Colorado.

“At this unique retreat, there will be other burn survivors and fire fighter peer support to assist with their change of role as a fire fighter,” Crowther says. “Enduring the trauma was one triumph, yet the struggle to capture their lives to reaffirm a sense of self is a larger indefinite trial. This retreat allows injured fire fighters to be taken care of by their peers and to be their support as they are going through the recovery process.”

Crowther says the support from Winnipeg Local 867 Fire Fighters, Executive & President & IAFF Canadian Trustee Alex Forrest as well as the support from the Harold Lessard & Tom Nichols families has been a huge factor in pulling together the event. For those that can’t make it to the event Saturday, Mountain Bean is the exclusive distributor and will be selling “Firehouse Blend” until supplies run out. In addition, an added bonus this year is that the specialty coffee was purchased at a special rate from local coffee distributor Deluca’s, providing a strong Winnipeg connection. The event will be held from 1:00 until 3:00 pm December 15 at the Mountain Bean coffee shop 2001 Henderson Hwy.

For more information, please contact:
Keri Parkin; (204) 782-6870
Lionel Crowther; (204) 479-8506

It seems we seldom allow ourselves time to enjoy the simple things in life: natural landscapes, great conversation, a comfortable chair, and time to savor that perfect cup of coffee. In creating the Mountain Bean Experience, we envisioned a coffee house where you could sit down, relax, and enjoy the atmosphere - a place that could distract you from the world outside its doors. So please, don't think of where you have to be, or what you have to do. You're at the Mountain and life moves a little slower around here.