The Cannon Beach Fire Department will be hosting its 70th annual Volunteer Firefighters Benefit Dinner Saturday, Oct. 14.
The dinner is the traditional ham, green beans and potatoes plate that has the volunteer raised on average $30,000 a year for the department, Cannon Beach Fire & Rescue Association President Brian Smith said.
As per tradition, firefighters will prep the food and fifth-graders in town will serve the guests. The dinner, which will also include a silent auction, is $15 at the door or in advance, and will be held 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cannon Beach Conference Center Dining Room at Third and Spruce Streets.
“It’s a time for the community to come together. It’s been going on every since I’ve been in school – I remember helping and serving when I was in fifth grade,” Smith said.
The fundraiser, which is the department’s largest, helps provide funds to update equipment, improve training, buy emergency medical supplies and other various needs throughout the year.
For a department mostly funded by grants and donations, any money raised significantly supports better training to help the community be safe, Cannon Beach firefighter Shaunna White said.
But for White, the fundraiser is also a way to bond with the community, as well as her fellow volunteers.
“This is the one day where we are altogether in one place,” White said. “It’s nice to interact with the community and let them see what we are doing. We know people aren’t here for the food, they are here for support, and that’s special.”