There will likely be a Southwest Hearth Chili Dinner from 6 to eight p.m. Thursday at Southwest Station 1 at 2176 Lee Highway 137. Count on reside music, fireplace truck shows, door prizes, raffle prizes and extra.
“This dinner has develop into an occasion that everybody asks about every year when fall begins to roll round,” Southwest Captain Tom Peavy mentioned. “We started doing the chili dinner 14 years in the past, and solely missed one yr as a consequence of COVID. Over time it has grown to the place we have now upwards of 300 attendees come by the door.”
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Tickets price $8 if ordered on-line, and $10 if bought at Thursday’s occasion. Basic admission tickets, raffle tickets, sponsorships and donation choices could be buy on-line at Ticket Stripe.
The SWFD web site mentioned that the division serves over 5,000 residents and averages roughly 600 calls per yr for its division of 29 volunteers.
In line with a SWFD information launch, nearly all of its roster of roster is Auburn College college students, and occasions just like the dinner have all the time been a key supply of funding.
“We don’t have the massive budgets that metropolis fireplace departments, and even massive volunteer fireplace departments, have,” Peavy mentioned. “And due to that we host this fundraising occasion in order that we will buy wanted tools, improve present tools and improve normal areas of want for the division.”
The SWFD information launch mentioned that previous occasions have raised over $4,000.
The SWFD was based in 1978 by Gene Conway. Conway’s efforts included serving to with day-to-day operations and donating a number of essential items of kit. Station 1, the positioning of Thursday’s chili dinner, has been nicknamed “The Conway Station,” in his honor. It opened in Could 1985.