Memorial Day is the start of the summer season on Cape Cod. Businesses in Lopes Square suffered a major setback when fire broke out in one building and spread to two others. Provincetown's volunteer fire department along with Police, Rescue, EMS personnel and other fire departments responded. We are truly blessed to live in this wonderful community with an amazing fire department. Our community turned out to provide food, water and other needed supplies. We are working now to raise funds to help the fire department purchase more life saving equipment, help to provide support for those immediately impacted, and funds to establish a emergency food canteen/rehab unit that will provide food, water and aid to firefighters during a fire emergency on the Lower and Outer Cape. The Provincetown Business Guild, Provincetown Chamber of Commerce and Provincetown.com are working together to help our friends, neighbors and first responders.
This GoFundMe campaign was setup by Steven Roderick, a partner in provincetown.com in conjunction with the Provincetown Business Guild and Provincetown Chamber of Commerce. Steve Roderick also serves as Treasurer of Lower Cape Ambulance Association, a 501c3 public charity organized in the state of Massachusetts. Steve Roderick has no relationship with any of the other organizations or beneficiaries. These 3 organizations came together to raise monies that would benefit the following: individual employees who were directly affected as a result of the Memorial Day Weekend Fire in Lopes Square Provincetown (Surf Club Restaurant/Tatiana's, the Coffee Pot and the Red Shack; the Provincetown Fire Association on behalf of our volunteer fire department; and Provincetown's other first responders (Provincetown Police Association, Provincetown Rescue Squad & Lower Cape Ambulance) all of whom were present at the fire.
A representative from the Chamber and one from the Provincetown Business Guild along with Steven Roderick will review requests from all of the affected employees. Lists of employees will be provided by each of the employers. Each employer has already been contacted and each employer has indicated neither they nor any family member who may work for that needs funds. So all of the employee portion will go directly to their employees. The committee of 3 will then determine the percentage to employees and the percentage to first responders. At that time, checks will be written and distributed to all beneficiaries. Employee checks will be delivered to each employer for distribution. Checks to the first responder organizations will be sent directly to each organization at their legal place of business. A report will be generated indicating the total amounts raised by the campaign, will list expenses charged by GoFundMe and the credit card processing fees, the list of each check and amount distributed. No monies will be kept by Steve Roderick, provincetown.com, the Provincetown Chamber of Commerce nor the Provincetown Business Guild. Copies of reports will be available for review once the campaign has ended. Note: no personal information about employees will shared per Massachusetts Written Information Security Laws. Questions can be directed to Steve Roderick