Ben Ray's House Fire Recovery Fund

Our dear friend, Ben Ray, who is the Tribal Administrator and CEO of the Big Valley Rancheria of Pomo Indians, lost his house and all of his possessions earlier this week in the devastating Santa Rosa wildfire. 

On the evening of October 9, 2017, Ben went to sleep in his house with the California wildfires burning more than 45 miles away.  Unfortunately, high winds pushed the fires to Ben's neighborhood while he slept.  When the power at his house went out, Ben awoke, saw the fire warnings on the news on his phone, and escaped with his cat.  Ben was able to warn his nearby neighbors before leaving the area and we are all thankful that he was able to make it out of the neighborhood alive - as we recognize that many people lost their lives or remain missing.

For those of you who personally know Ben, you know that he is a true friend, a dedicated Tribal leader, has a heart of gold, and is always finding ways to help others.  Now it's our turn to help Ben.  We have created this Go Fund Me account to assist Ben with getting back on his feet - he has lost his home and all of his worldly possessions.  The funds collected through this fundraising campaign will be used to help Ben start over by finding a new home and purchasing basic necessities, such as clothing and household goods.  Any and all donations are greatly appreciated as we want to do everything we can to help Ben recover from this tragedy.

Rob Rosette (personal friend of Ben Ray)
  • Melissa Cruz-Halbert 
    • $50 
    • 47 mos
  • Darren Mann 
    • $50 
    • 47 mos
  • Greg Hillyard 
    • $500 
    • 47 mos
  • Gaurav Khanna 
    • $100 
    • 47 mos
  • Jessie Hunter 
    • $250 
    • 47 mos
See all

Organizer and beneficiary

Robert Rosette 
Chandler, AZ
Ben Ray 
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