Steamboat Fireman’s Ball to raise money for community-assistance fund
January 20, 2012
Steamboat Springs — With a newly created community-assistance fund, Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters have been able to provide more help to those in need.
The fund was established last year through the return of the Fireman's Ball, which is being held again this year at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at The Steamboat Grand. Tickets for the event are $65 and include a formal dinner and live music from the Brian Smith Band.
Steamboat's first Fireman's Ball was Nov. 26, 1897, at City Hall and raised money to buy equipment for Steamboat's newly established volunteer fire department. After an unknown number of years without a ball, the event returned last year. About 250 people attended the 2011 event, and $5,000 was raised for the community-assistance fund.
"The idea of the fund is to be able to help people right there and then," Lt. Chuck Cerasoli said.
He said money from the fund was used in the early fall when a woman lost control of her car on Rabbit Ears Pass, and it slid a couple hundred feet down a hillside. The woman and her two children were not seriously injured, but they were not from the area and needed help after the accident.
Firefighters bought the family members dinner and paid for a place for them to stay. The little girl's favorite video was destroyed in the crash, Cerasoli said, so the fund helped to buy a replacement.
"They were very appreciative," Cerasoli said.
During the summer, Cerasoli said the fund allowed firefighters to repair a door after they had to break it down because an elderly woman was having a medical emergency.
"The firefighters felt bad about having to leave her house exposed," Cerasoli said.
The fund allows firefighters to do lots of little things, as well, Cerasoli said, such as helping people who may have become stranded after running out of gas.
"We try to do little things like that as much as we can," Cerasoli said.
The department also uses some money from the fund for fire prevention and helmet-education programs.
Tickets for the ball can be purchased from any firefighter or at Steaming Bean Coffee Co., 635 Lincoln Ave. People also can call Kay Borvansky at 970-879-8231 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets.
Cocktail hour starts at 5:30 p.m., and the dinner and presentations begin at 6:30 p.m.
To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com
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