Boise Firefighters Light Up the Linen Building 

Fire Fighters Local 149 Hosts Its First Fashion Show

click to enlarge Fire crew helps auctioneer.

Veronica LeMaster

Fire crew helps auctioneer.

Boise Fire Fighters Local 149 set the Linen Building ablaze Nov. 2—not literally, though.

They were there for their first “Night on Fire,” a fashion show and fundraiser featuring clothes donated by designer John Varvatos and SAXX underwear.

Matthew Lutz, a BFF Local 149 paramedic, said proceeds from the fashion show and the new 2017-2018 Boise Firefighter calendar will go toward different community outreach programs, such as Operation Warm: More than a Coat, the Boise Fire Toy Brigade and the Community Assistance Fund.

“We want to tear the house down tonight,” Lutz said. “But mainly we want to raise money for our [nonprofit].”

The show, planned by Lutz and Natalie Durham–owner of local boutique Piece Unique & Shoez, attracted hundreds of guests who were audibly excited when the first firefighter/model Shane Lowe—the calendar’s Mr. August—hit the runway in a kilt and kicked the night off with a bagpipe solo. Next up was, Derek Bohan (Mr. November), strutted out in a John Varvatos modern-classic leather jacket. When he came back around with the jacket slung over his shoulder, the crowd hooted and cheered.

A total of eight firefighters, including Lutz and two female firefighters, served as models and although when they’re in uniform, they take their jobs very seriously, the firefighters shook and shimmied and seemed to enjoy the evening as much as the audience did.

Sarah Henkle, a frequent Piece Unique shopper, saw the show as a fun way to give back to the community. “It’s a way to give to a good cause, and to have fun with friends,” said Henkle.

As the night came to a close, firefighters handed out bottles of champagne as everyone made room for a dance floor to keep the party going. “It was a very successful night,” said Lutz. “We want to see if we can do it again in the future.”
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