The greenhouses, which were the Shurtliff family’s business and livelihood, were completely destroyed in the fire which began around 4 pm. Monday afternoon. Volunteers are organizing a family dinner, dance and silent auction to benefit the family on May 24th. Taylor Council generously agreed to donate the use of the Taylor Community Hall for the event, and now organizers are seeking donations for a the silent auction and are looking for more volunteers to help with the dinner.
“We’ve already had some donations coming in,” said Ginger Alexander, who is organizing the event. Local artist Donna Folk has donated one of her paintings, and a local photographer has donated a package of family portraits. Speedy Printing has helped out by printing posters advertising the event. Tickets to the Family BBQ Dinner and Dance at the Taylor Community Hall are available at the Taylor District office or Fort Bowling Lanes, $10 per person, or $40 per family at these locations. You can buy tickets at the door, but the price will increase to $15 per person and $50 per family. Alexander encourages people to buy tickets in advance, so that they have an idea of the numbers of people attending.
In addition to the Family Dinner and Dance at the Taylor Hall, Alexander said her children suggested a bottle drive to help raise funds for the Shurtliff family. From May 13 – 17, there will be a bottle drive to support the family. Alexander says anyone who has bottles and cans, can drop them off at Taylor Elementary School, and there is also an account set up at the Bottle Depot for the family, the account is called the Shurtliff Taylor Fire, account number 121. Anyone interested can simply take their recyclables to the Bottle Depot and ask that the money be credited to that account. People can also drop off recyclables to the Alexander residence, and they, along with those collected at Taylor Elementary, will be sorted by volunteers and the Taylor Elementary Leadership Class, on May 17th.
Following the Family Dinner and Dance on May 24th, there will be a Family Bowling Night, from 5 – 9 pm., on May 25th at Fort Bowling Lanes. Cost for an evening of fun bowling will be $10 per game, including shoe rental. There will also be a bake sale during the bowling, with all proceeds from both the bowling and the bake sale going to the Shurtliff family.
If anyone wants to make a cash donation, there is an account set up at the Credit Union. Donors can stop into the Hudson’s Hope, Fort St. John or Taylor Credit Unions and make a donation to the Shurtliff Family Trust.
For additional information on these events, history of the greenhouses please check out the Facebook page, Taylor Greenhouses Fire Benefit for the Shurtliffs. If you are interested in dropping off cans for the bottle drive, donating items to the silent auction or bake sale, or in volunteering at any of the events to help the Shurtliff family, please call or text Ginger Alexander at 250-261-9830.
On top of this, Quiznos Subs in Fort St. John is accepting donations to help support the Shurtliff family of Taylor. Quiznos will be offically accepting donations in the form of cash or card until Friday, May 16th. However, staff say that they will continue to accept donations after that date as well.