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.
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.”