A Victorian Christmas Benefit Gala — Presented by Mont Rest Inn
As you may remember on Christmas Eve, 1996, the Historic Mont Rest Inn,”Bellevue’s Castle”, suffered a catastrophic five alarm fire. The fire became a major story in over forty news entities, both locally and by The Associated Press, nationally. Mont Rest was the lead story on CNN Headline News until the infamous JonBonet Ramsey story broke out of Boulder Colorado Christmas Day.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of that historic fire. The story of the rebuild and restoration of Mont Rest the following two years was covered almost as much as the fire itself. Against all odds, and like the Phoenix, the 1893 building rose from the ashes of that Christmas Eve fire to once again towering over Bellevue’s “North Bluff” as a reminder of an bygone era.
Over the past 20 years Mont Rest has hosted thousands of people from all over the world, largely due to the fact that the five volunteer fire departments took such care while fighting that fire, making it possible for the owner, Christine Baker, to recover and rebuild the historic mansion.
To honor the fireman, who selflessly gave up their Christmas Eve that bitterly cold night, Mont Rest is hosting a Christmas Fundraiser Benefit Gala in which all proceeds will be donated to the Bellevue Fire Department on Thursday, December 8th, 2016. From 6 pm – 9pm.
It is our way of saying” Thank you” to all the brave people that were there for us in our hour of need.
We invite you to see the end of this story unfold twenty years later. The Mont Rest fire story, is a story of bravery, giving, and tenacity with a happy ending.