Community rallies for Golden Gate Estates fire victims

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NORTH NAPLES, Fla. Beth and Tony Hamm’s home didn’t stand a chance against the flames.

Their home on Inez Road was one of four homes destroyed in the 30th Avenue Fire that broke out two weeks ago.

“Our family is very grateful,” Beth Hamm said. “We want to thank all the people who have put their hearts and prayers out there for us.”

Noodles Italian Cafe and Sushi Bar held a fundraiser Tuesday night to help victims like the Hamms. Restaurant guests were able to buy two drinks and appetizers for $20, with proceeds going directly to those in need. Additional donations were also collected.

Beth Hamm believed meeting other families in similar situations helped them cope with their loss.

“You can maybe let your guard down a bit more, instead of putting on that happy front,” she said. “The happy front is really hard to do sometimes.”

The Hamms are currently staying in a camper, but do plan to rebuild their home.

The event was hosted by the Naples Area Board of Realtors. The total amount of money raised will be revealed next week.

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