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March 11, 2013

Benefit Dinner and Auction to be held

WOODLAWN — — The Woodlawn Fire Protection District is gearing up for its annual Benefit Dinner and Auction, which is scheduled for April 13.

"I believe the community looks forward to the dinner each year," said Chief Bill Shega. "We usually have a pretty good turnout."

As a volunteer fire department, the Benefit Dinner and Auction is the largest fundraiser held and the funds are critical to purchase additional equipment. Last year, more than $5,500 was raised, which allowed the district to purchase two chainsaws, a Sawzall and various EMS equipment.

"We try to save up to get more equipment," Shega said.

There are 20 volunteer firemen with the district and two junior firefighters, who are under 18 years of age.

Volunteers are soliciting donations for the auction, which, along with the cake walk, are two favorite activities at the event.

"We're doing some different things this year too," Shega said. "We try to have the cake walk for the kids and for the older kids like me who enjoy the cakes. But this year, we will also have face painting, balloon tying and some old-fashioned games for the kids."

The menu this year will include chicken and dumplings, green beans or corn, cole slaw, hot dogs for those who don't like chicken and dumplings, home made rolls donated from Ryan’s, and dessert.

Anyone who would like to donate items to the auction or who would like to find out more about volunteer opportunities with the Woodlawn Fire Protection District, may contact Shega at 246-6514.

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