The Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department’s 14th Annual Memorial Day Firemen’s Ball is seeking sponsors for this most important fund raiser for this all-volunteer company.
Funds raised on Saturday, May 25, will help towards the purchase of a new pumper/tanker truck, recurring training and updating the station equipment.
“Our remote location underscores the need to have all personnel and equipment ready to go as help from any other fire department is at least two hours away, putting us in a very vulnerable position,” said Larry Ihle, who with his wife, Stephanie, organizes the event. “And, unlike other counties, Hyde County has no fire tax. So therefore, we rely very heavily on individual and business donations for operating costs.”
The event includes a roast pig barbecue, a silent and live auction and followed by a musical extravaganza featuring The Dune Dogs of Raleigh, who founded this fundraiser 14 years ago (with special guests Taylor Martin and Casey Kristofferson) and local favorites, The Ocracoke Rockers.
The schedule is as follows:
4 to 6:30 p.m. Silent auction
5 to 6:30 p.m. Pig Pickin’ (or until food runs out); plates are $15 and include a drink. Inside, donations accepted for cold beer generously donated by City Beverage Co. and Fortnight Brewery and Pub.
7 p.m. Live auction
8:30 p.m. Live music
Ihle said businesses and individuals who want to be sponsors may donate cash or goods or services for the silent auction.
“We always make sure that you or your business is well recognized by having your name, business card and information on the donated product,” he said. “The auctions are great fun and it’s a great contribution for the fire department.”
All donations are tax deductible.
Questions about sponsorships can be directed to either Larry or Stephanie Ihle at 252-928-8074 or 252-928-7001 respectively. Information about the ball can be found here.
Ocracoke Firemen’s Ball 2019 sponsorship opportunities are listed below.
Point of disclosure: Peter Vankevich is an OVFD firefighter.