Boots and Bullets, the biggest annual fundraiser for the Dayton Volunteer Fire Department, is set for Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Dayton Community Center. The event includes a cook-off, auction and dance, and is being organized by firefighters and members of the Dayton Police Department.
The event provides a much-needed financial boon to the fire department, which is manned entirely by a volunteer staff.
Fire Chief Murphy Green says they hope to take in about $35,000, roughly 20 percent of the department’s annual operating budget.
“Gear for each firefighter is $8,000 or more, so we are dependent on the support of the community,” said Green.
Teams planning to compete in the cook-off can choose from all or one of the following categories: Gumbo, Chili and Chef’s Choice. The cost per category is $10. Competitors need to provide sample cups for judging between 10 a.m. and noon. Winners will be announced around 2 p.m.
That evening, the second part of the event will kick off at 6 p.m. with a dance and live music performances by Jason West and The West of the Trinity Band, and Southern Breeze Band.
Sponsors for reserve and VIP tables will be treated to a steak dinner as part of the evening’s activities. Table sponsorships go quickly, so anyone interested should call one of the organizers immediately.
“The tables fill up quickly, so it’s usually standing-room only in the ballroom,” said Alvin Burress, firefighter and Dayton City Councilman.
Throughout the day, tables displaying auction items will be available for bidding. Auction items are still be sought.
For reservations or more information, contact Tammy Alexander at 936-258-7621, John Coleman at 936-346-1584, David Rodgers at 832-473-9880, David Taylor at 936-402-4634 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information and updates are also posted on the City of Dayton’s website, www.cityofdaytontx.com, or the Facebook pages for the city and the Dayton Police Department.
All proceeds raised go toward the fire department.