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Fundraising for firefighters

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Houstonians have really set the bar! LITERALLY! It's all in an effort to honor Anne Sullivan one of the four

firefighters killed in a tragic motel fire off the southwest freeway.

While there's all sorts of fundraiser's tonight Fox26 was able to stop by three of them throughout the city.

"She was a beautiful person" said Melissa Abrantes about Sullivan while explaining why the staff at Tradicao restaurant

created a strawberry cocktail in her honor.

"The drink is like the pink red color to get the essence of firefighting and then it has this beautiful strawberry that's

put on top" said Abrantes who adds "The Punky" is worth every penny. All proceeds will go towards scholarships in Sullivans


Abrantes says she and Sullivan played soccer and even graduated high school together. They kept in touch on Facebook

and it had been a few months since the two had actually spoken but when words spread of Sullivan's death, Abrantes says

she was devastated. "She just had this huge heart and she loved people and I think that's really why she wanted to go into


But if that's not your drink of choice there's several other ways you can help.

Tonight chefs teamed up with local Houston Community College culinary students to host what's called a "pop-up"

dinner and fundraiser.

Felipe Riccio is one of the main cooks whipping up all sort of traditional Italian bites who says, he's

had such a positive response "it's amazing if you're not the only one, that makes it a good cause."

Meals were served at Grand Prize Bar and cost about 7-8 bucks each with all proceeds going towards the fallen firefighters.

Aside from the cocktails and meals though Meagan Raeke with the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center says they too are

hosting a blood drive throughout the whole month of June. "The donations are just given in honor

and really to support the families and a show of...

this is what we're doing to help save lives in our community."

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