Protective Hose Company fires up the grill for annual BBQ
For 10 years now, the company has been holding this event to help cover annual operation expenses.
“We use money toward recruitment of new members and retention of our veteran members,” remarked President of the Protective Hose Company and Chairman of the event, Jeffrey Moore. “It allows us to operate effectively throughout the course of the year, and funds raised also aid in a college scholarship program that we offer.”
One new recruit each year is awarded a $1,000 scholarship to attend a local college. This recruit is the one who has performed the most in the department during their first year of service.
“We total their attendance records for calls, practices and various other activities, and this event allows our company to fund that annually,” said Moore.
Ticket price for the barbeque is $8.50 per dinner. The dinner includes, half a Chiavetta's chicken, potato salad, green salad, and dessert.
“The fire company is staffed completely with their neighbors from the local Lancaster community,” commented Moore. “ We operate solely on what we fundraise as a fire company and it helps greatly when the community gets behind you on it as they have for so many years now. These are all volunteers who are willing to come help at a moment’s notice, no matter what time of day it is, or what they have going on. Every one of the members takes pride in helping when their needed and this is just one way the community can show their support for that.” Moore said he does recommend coming to the event early because there have been some occasions, they have ran out of food toward the end of the day.
“It's not saying you can’t come at 5 p.m. to get a dinner, it just depends how busy we were earlier on,” said Moore.
The company sold 1,400 dinners last year and this year their goal is 1,500. Also, Moore mentioned that anyone who might be celebrating their birthday, or communion, or having a party, the members of the fire company are more than happy to cater the event and deliver the dinners.
In addition to the barbeque, a Chinese auction will be held, featuring more than 100 prizes, as well as a lottery tree with more than $200 in New York State Lottery scratch offs. “The local community has been great with donating gift certificates and baskets to be raffled off,” said Moore. “We have several hair salons, spa packages, massages, a couple of bikes, a gas grill, several restaurants, and so much more. This event has been a great time for all who attend and so many people leave with great prizes.”
“I’d like to thank the local community for their outstanding support over the past years and look forward to their continued patronage,” remarked Moore.
For more information contact Moore at 444-1421.