Nearly 500 people attended the Fifth Annual Boots and Bullets fundraiser to benefit Dayton Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Dayton Community Center. The fundraiser is the largest annual event for the fire department, which relies heavily on the support of the community to purchase fire gear, equipment and apparatus.
“We think we are in the ballpark of around $35,000 raised from the event, but we won’t know that for sure until all the final numbers are in,” said Fire Chief Murphy Green.
The day-long event started early Saturday morning with a cook-off for the best gumbo, chili and chef’s choice, and ended with a steak dinner, live and silent auctions and a dance featuring local bands.
“We sold around 40 sponsor tables,” said Dayton Police Capt. John Coleman Saturday night as he waited for the live auction to begin with Dayton auctioneer Brady Hanson.
Every year, Coleman and others at the police department lend their support to the Boots and Bullets fundraisers. They see first-hand how much time and energy the firefighters volunteer for the greater good of the community.
“These events are so well-attended and supported by the community that it’s usually standing-room only in the ballroom by the end of the evening,” Coleman said.
The fire chief is grateful for the support.
“It says a lot right there when people show up like this to help us out,” said Chief Green.
Note: As soon as results for the cook-off are available, this article will be updated.