Far-Reaching Support 

The City of Charleston has raised $630,000 through its Firemen's Fund honoring the nine firefighters lost in the June 18 Sofa Super Store blaze. Metropolitan Grapevine, a D.C.-based marketing firm founded by Charleston natives Andrew Williams and Isaac Smith, donated $51,000 last week. Heroes are too easily forgotten, Smith said, noting he wanted to see buildings and schools named after the fallen firefighters. "We want them to be remembered every day, not just this week," he said. ­People can donate through a variety of businesses, including Bank of America, First Federal, and Piggly Wiggly, or they can send donations to P.O. Box 304, Charleston, SC 29402.

Here's some other opportunities to support the families of the nine lost firefighters:

• Firehouse Subs, founded by firemen, will also be accepting donations and matching them dollar for dollar at their sub shops on Ashley River Road, Rivers Avenue, and Johnnie Dodds Boulevard.

• Dine for the Charleston Nine, a benefit including more than 50 of Charleston's best restaurants and wine distributors, will be from 6:30 to 9:30 on July 8 in the Charleston Place Grand Ballroom. The event will include live music and an items for auction to benefit the families. Tickets are $150. Call 329-4918 for reservations. —Greg Hambrick


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