On Saturday, February 2, more than 600 guests attended the Pawling Fire Department’s 22nd annual Sportsman’s Night. Held at the PFD fire station on South Street, the evening serves as the department’s largest fundraiser, providing support that is essential for maintaining the PFD’s equipment, training, and day-to-day operations. The event drew an overwhelming amount of support from the community, who gathered for the “all you can eat” game dinner.
Sportsman’s Night 2019 included appearances by Village Mayor Robert Liffland, Town Supervisor James Schmitt, Assemblymen Kieran Lalor, County Executive Marcus Molinaro, and newly elected State Senator Peter Harckham.
Dutchess County Sheriff Butch Anderson served as the Master of Ceremonies.
“On behalf of the men and women of the Pawling Fire Department, the Pawling Fire District, and our Board of Fire Commissioners, I would like to thank you all for coming,” said PFD Chief Everett White as he addressed the crowd. “Your undying support is what gets us through the year. We can’t thank you enough.”
Sen. Peter Harckham was present as part of an effort to meet his new constituents in Dutchess County. “I’m looking forward to getting to know all of you,” he said to the audience. “It’s really been a pleasure to serve you.” Senator Harckham went on to extend his gratitude to the Pawling Fire Department and to all first responders in Dutchess County.
Assemblymen Kieran Lalor expressed his appreciation for the evening’s turnout. “I come into a room like this, and I see the patriotism, I see the enthusiasm, and I see the sense of community,” Lalor said. “It reminds me why this community is so great.”
Following remarks from local dignitaries, the crowd enjoyed the expansive game dinner. The menu for the evening included blackened pheasant, duck stir fry, and several venison dishes. Preparations were provided by members of the PFD Ladies Auxiliary.