The Pawling Fire Department Auxiliary is pleased to announce the return of the volunteer group’s annual Penny Social on Saturday, October 7, at the Pawling Fire House on South Street. The event serves as the Auxiliary’s largest fundraiser, with all proceeds going to support the Pawling Fire Department (PFD) and the invaluable services they provide for the community.
Attendees are encouraged to buy raffle tickets to enter drawings for a chance to win a variety of prizes. Hundreds of items are expected to be offered, including picture frames, candles, glassware, home décor, books, kid’s toys, and Christmas decorations. Novelties are collected year round and selected by members of the auxiliary. Other prizes are provided by local businesses and include gift baskets, gift certificates, and food. The doors open at 4:30 p.m., and calling begins at 6:00 p.m.
Refreshments will be available with baked goods provided by the Auxiliary, and hot dogs, hamburgers, and French-fries served by PFD members. The fund-raiser typically generates between two and three thousand dollars for the PFD.
The PFD Auxiliary is a proud and longstanding tradition in Pawling. The organization was founded in the late 1970’s by Terrell Muller, whose husband, Richie, was a volunteer fireman. The Auxiliary supports the fire company through fundraising efforts or providing food and water to responders at the scene of a fire. They are an integral part of the department’s two major fundraisers, helping to serve food at the annual Game Dinner and, most recently, running the bingo game at the PFD summer carnival.
Every year, the Auxiliary sponsors a family from the Pawling Resource center, providing essential items such as clothing and packaged food, but also toys for children. The organization proudly offers two annual scholarships in the amount of $1000 and $500 to family members associated with the department. “We’re here to help the PFD, but we also want to make Pawling a better place and give back to the community,” says Auxiliary President Margaux Miller, a member of the Auxiliary for 13 years.
President Miller, Vice President Amy Twaddell, Secretary Gena Hayner, and Treasurer Liz Riley are seeking new volunteers to bolster the membership. “We are definitely in need of new members,” says Miller. “We look for people who want to help the community.”
The organization currently boasts more than 30 regular and associate members. Requirements to join include attendance at six monthly meetings each year, as well as participation in fundraising events. The PFD Auxiliary is open to both male and female volunteers. Anyone interested in joining the PFD Auxiliary may send an email toPawlingFDAux@gmail.com, or call President Margaux Miller at (845) 855-0680.