Gail Martin, Independent Editor
The Elmira fire department is gearing up for a fundraising dance that could become an annual event.
Don Schlupp, chairman for the social committee with the Elmira firefighters, said that the idea for a dance originally came as a way of connecting more with the community.
A few firefighters then suggested that a dance would also be a great way to raise money.
The proceeds from the dance, set for Sept. 15, will be split equally between the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation (a traditional charity of the fire department) and the Elmira Volunteer Fire Fighters fund.
Any money that goes towards the fire department will be used to purchase equipment to help local firefighters respond to medical emergencies, which now make up approximately 85 per cent of their calls, said Schlupp.
“With the new equipment, it will be able to help us better respond to medical emergencies,” said Schlupp.
The last time the fire department held a dance was for its 100th anniversary, although that was more of a celebration, said Schlupp.
This year’s dance will feature a DJ, a midnight buffet and numerous prizes, all for $10 per person.
The dance will be an 80s theme, said Schlupp, so those attending the dance should be digging out “their legwarmers, nylons, spandex and all that other fun stuff.”
The Elmira Firefighters Dance will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15 at Lions Hall, at 8 p.m.
Tickets are available at Elmira Meat Market, Double-E Esso, and the Elmira Independent.