Fund-raiser in Ferndale tonight
Think 1933 as patrons raise money for the Goodfellows
BY BILL LAITNER
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER
Tonight at seven Ferndale nightspots, suggested dress is flapper or gangster attire.
And patrons can pretend it's 75 years ago -- Dec. 5, 1933 -- when booze became legal again.
The occasion is a fund-raiser for the Ferndale Firefighters Goodfellows, which helps kids each year with new clothes and toys at the holidays, said Ferndale Mayor Craig Covey.
"We're going to double what they can give away this year," Covey said Wednesday.
But the event also is an inside joke for the mayor and two neighbors who concocted it, Monica and Larry Mills -- a wink at their wish to legalize marijuana.
Their flyer reads:
"During Prohibition, illegal liquor ... made criminals rich and powerful. Police officers and the FBI were investing much time and money fighting a losing battle. Legalizing and taxing liquor offered better control and lawful jobs."
Asked about it, Monica Mills laughed and said: "Doesn't it sound like something else?"
Participating sites are Buffalo Wild Wings, Danny's, Dino's, Gracie's Underground, Howe's Bayou, Sneakers and, for members, the Ferndale Elks Club.
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