PINK POWER at Pietro’s No. 1

It was a packed house at Pietro's No. 1 in Vacaville Oct. 11 for the annual Passionately Pink for A Cure event.

Despite the ongoing battle against wildfires in Sonoma, Napa and Solano County, Vacaville firefighters turned out in force to serve pizza and raise funds for the NorthBay Cancer Center. NorthBay Healthcare Foundation President Brett Johnson (left) had a hug and smiles for Public Relations Specialist Sally Wyatt at the Passionately Pink for a Cure event.

"This year brings on a whole new meaning because of the last couple of days experiencing the devastation with the local fires," noted Matt Moreno, president of the Vacaville Firefighters Association. "There was a question of whether we were going to the event or not, however there are a few of us who just got off the line and wanted to come out and make an impact … and something like this really brings the community together and is a good positive distraction from everything else that is going on. It's a way for everyone to come together and see some good in the world … to have a relaxing evening and let us serve you pizza for a great cause."

The tally for the night is still being calculated but Teresa Langley, assistant vice president of oncology and neuroscience services, said the effort means a great deal to the cancer center.

Vacaville fireman Nick Lehmann with Cody Bassey, who was passing the boot for donations."The NorthBay Cancer Center is most grateful for the firefighters who took the time to remember our patients during a most difficult and tiresome time for them and their families," she said, adding heartfelt thanks for their ongoing work in the disaster areas.