The Way of the Creek Fire #CampSierraStrong

51423880_1600890860242667_r.jpeg51423880_1600890889802795_r.jpegJeannine Porteur is organizing this
fundraiser on behalf of
Paige Addington Family Cabin 10
Bruce Lippman Cabin 38
Chester-Wedel Cabin 72
Co-op Toad House Cabin 73

#CampSierraStrong  #BigCreekStrong

The Creek Fire started 1 mile from Camp Sierra, September 4, 2020. Four members of our Camp Sierra Family have lost their Cabin/Homes to this devastating fire that continues to rage. The courageous Fire
Fighters were able to save most of Camp
Sierra. These Cabin/Homes lost held years of precious history, that can never be
replaced. The cost of cleanup and
rebuilding will be enormous!!  All we can
do to help them, is to give from our hearts.
Proverbs 11:25
A generous person will prosper, whoever
refreshes others will be refreshed. 

Cabin 10 in Camp Sierra was build around 1923. It was the center of many gatherings of the Methodist Epworth  League in its
early days, and later the center of many
families gathering as parents chatted and children ran around the deck that circled
the cabin. At the time it was owned by the Wallace Family. 
My father and mother,Dale and Becky
Addington along with Uncle Emmett
Hooper, remodeled the entire cabin and
then passed it to their children. We now
have 5 generations of family and friends
that have enjoyed The Addington Hooper Cabin. The 1st Addington Cabin was on
the walk to Addington Springs owned by my Great Grandparents, the 2nd
Addington Cabin was where the sewer
plant is and is marked by 2 apple trees.
This was our 3rd cabin at Camp Sierra.

Lippman Cabin 38
Built in 1938. 2 bedroom bunkhouse
added in the 60’s. I bought it in 2016. 
Bruce has spent the last four years upgrading
the cabin and also lost his bass boat. 

His cabin burnt down a week after
the fire left our area by a spot fire. 

Chester-Wedel cabin #72
The Chester family have been Co-op campers since 1962 and the Wedel family since 1969. The two families (Rae & Paul) were united in marriage in 1987.   In 2000, the
Chesters were delighted to become site
holders and to have the privilege of going to Camp Sierra any time - not just during
Co-op Camp.  The original 2 room cabin
was built in the 1930’s (by the Rohrer family) and in the 1990’s the cabin was expanded to 1,200 sf (Ted Dwelle was the contractor).The crowning glory of the cabin was a large screened in porch and back deck
with spectacular views of Kerckhoff dome. As with so many of the cabins, this one
had precious family items:, antiques from both sides of the family;, an extensive
Native American collection; Camp Sierra memorabilia; and many special things.

Co-op Cabin 73
"Toadhouse was the first non-profit
limited-equity cooperative cabin at Camp Sierra. Originally founded in the early
1970's by attendees of Co-op Camp Sierra, the longest continuously visiting summer group, Toadhouse has had more than 20
families as members throughout its
history. At least 3 other cabins were
purchased by members over the decades. "Toad" as it was commonly called, had
always been a bit of a maverick located
well away from any other private cabins.
Toad had a deck that looked out the
canyon towards
 the valley and was one of
the best aspects of the cabin. Originally an old hunting cabin, Toad had seen a lot through its lifetime. In the 1994 Big Creek Fire, firefighters created a fire break just
below Toad and fire retardant was
dropped on
its deck, Fresno news stations used the
deck for establishing shots. Sadly Toad did not survive the Creek Fire. Some families connected to Toad have had 3 generations use the cabin and the memories are endless. We are grateful nobody was injured or
killed and our hearts go out to the residents of Big Creek."




  • Jennifer Pfeiffer 
    • 100 $ 
    • 22 d
  • Anna M Brigantino  
    • 50 $ 
    • 1 mo
  • Julie Abell 
    • 100 $ 
    • 2 mos
  • Michelle Horton 
    • 100 $ 
    • 2 mos
  • Janelle Hopkins  
    • 50 $ 
    • 2 mos
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Jeannine Porteur-DiVincenzo 
Hollister, CA
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