Firefighters go Hawaiian for big benefit in Ontario

The annual Hawaiian Firefighters Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, March 5 at the Four Rivers Cultural Center. The event is a benefit to the Ontario Fire and Rescue Service.

Ontario Fire Service. (The Company/FILE)

ONTARIO – The biggest fundraiser for the Ontario Fire and Rescue Service will take place on Saturday, March 5 at the Four Rivers Cultural Center.

The 42nd Annual Hawaiian Firefighters Dance and Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and runs until midnight and will feature a chicken or tri-tip dinner with all the fixings. Tickets are $25 per person or $40 per couple and can be purchased at the fire department at 444 SW 4th St. or at the event.

Ontario Fire Chief Terry Leighton said the dinner dance event continues to grow.

“It has become huge. Five years ago it wasn’t making a lot of money, but in the last few years it’s done really well,” Leighton said. “This is our biggest fundraiser.”

Leighton said much of the proceeds from the event this year will be used to expand the regional training center in Ontario. Some of the money will also go towards the agency’s burnout fund. The burnout fund is designed to help people who lose their homes in a fire.

Leighton said Covid scuttled the event in 2021, but in 2020 the dinner and dance produced $24,000 to $26,000.

Leighton said dinner will be served from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and there will be takeout and takeout available.

“We will have a silent, live auction. A lot of the live auction items are built by our firefighters,” Leighton said.

“A lot of people are looking forward to the event,” Leighton said.

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