As all of you know by now, there was an unimaginable tragedy last week. It comes as no surprise that the Offroad and Country Music scenes are closely tied together, and have been for many, many years. We live in Thousand Oaks, we have many customers in Thousand Oaks and surrounding areas, and our shop is only 20 miles away. We have countless friends that patronize the Borderline Bar weekly. It is a staple in our community and has been for over 20 years. Just over a year ago, we sent a similar email after the Route 91 shooting, and sadly many of the folks who were at Route 91 were also present on Wednesday night at Borderline. While our community was grieving over this senseless act, 2 wildfires began in the same city and soon overtook the areas of Simi Valley, Bell Canyon, Hidden Hills, Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Oak Park, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Newbury Park, Malibu, Topanga, and now creeping back into Oxnard/Ventura, where the Thomas Fire was last year.
Our community has banded together and shown its true colors. Red Cross evacuation centers are fully stocked with water, non-perishable foods, blankets, etc. Fire Departments are also fully stocked with food and water for our first responders. Vigils have been held for the shooting victims. Thousands of residents lined up at the Red Cross blood donation center to give much needed blood. A man drove from Chicago to Thousand Oaks to drop off 12 handmade crosses for those lives lost on Wednesday night. Local grocery stores are donating flowers to customers about to purchase them. Local restaurants are feeding entire fire crews and first responders helping to keep us all safe. Local athletes from the Rams are donating entire paychecks to the victims of the shootings. Local screenprinting shops are printing Borderline Memorial shirts and donating 100% of profits to the victims and families.
We've been thinking of ways to help, and donating money to those affected seemed like the best option.. So, we have decided to match every single donation that you make, 100%. Below, we have listed a few of the charities accepting monetary donations. They are separated by incident: both Borderline Shooting and SoCal Wildfires. This is not a marketing ploy, it’s simply the right thing to do in this difficult time. Please email us at [email protected] with a copy of your donation receipt and we will match it.
Conejo Valley Victims Fund- Supporting Victims & Families of the Borderline Bar Shooting
Rotary Club of Westlake Village Borderline Shooting Victims Fund-
Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation- Supporting our local First Responders
Humane Society of Ventura County- Supporting Displaced Animals
KTLA has also compiled a list of charities and non-profits that need your donations
This week, we want everyone to slow down and take a moment to reflect on the lives lost and the valiant efforts of the first responders and who saved countless lives by giving the ultimate sacrifice. This event hit the core of all of us, but we must all unite and regroup, and come back stronger and more united than ever.
- The Team at Alternative Offroad, Inc.
* maximum donation $1,500