On Sunday, September 23rd, the benefit for the family of Michael Pharris was held at Barback Bar and Icehouse. With the 50/50 drawing, all of the silent auction items and yummy BBQ sandwiches we raised more than $10,000.
This beautiful 30″ X 48″ Texas Flag went to high bidder David Nicholds. He’s a retired firefighter who spent 38 years at the Houston Fire Department. He’s also the father of CCEMS Paramedic Jessica McCloskey who was one of the benefit organizers. AND, David provided the bounce houses for the kids.
The Firehose Flag was donated by a firefighter who remembers Michael, well. Kyle Wiggs is now a firefighter at the Port of Houston. He began his fire service career as a volunteer at Spring Fire Department and during his time there made several calls with Michael. Kyle says, ” Mr. Pharris always struck me as one of the most kind-hearted Paramedics I have ever worked with.”
Kyle is also close friends with CCEMS Dispatcher Nicole Hoover and her husband, Lt. Charles Hoover with the Precinct 4 Constable’s Office. When Kyle heard of Michael’s death he wanted to help the family. Kyle says, “I previously donated a Texas flag to a benefit for the wife of Chris Crady, a Ponderosa Firefighter. The flag raised more money for her than I expected. I was humbled and thankful.” He decided to do the same for the Pharris family.
The Flag will be among many items auctioned off at the Michael Pharris Benefit at Bareback Bar and Ice House on Sunday, September 23. The benefit will be held from 11 am to 5 pm.
Kyle Wiggins says his journey in creating art started with his first design for Spring Fire Station 70. Kyle says, “I enjoyed putting the time and effort in creating my first piece. Once I was complete, I looked at how I could improve my design, and as I continued to create new pieces, I would constantly refine my work. I am always striving for the next level of improvement in every aspect of my life, and these designs are no exception.”
When the flag idea came to him, he started with the US, Texas and Thin Blue Line Flags. Kyle says, “Currently, I am in the process of creating a partnership with a metal shop to incorporate their work into my designs.”
Kyle says he routinely purchases old fire hoses off the internet and works with various fire departments to recycle their out of service hose. Check out his Facebook Page Fully Involved Flag Design. We are very appreciative of Kyle’s generous donation to help Michael’s family.
Here are samples of some of Kyle’s other work