One of the Pawling community’s favorite traditions will be held on Saturday, February 1 when the Pawling Fire Department (PFD) holds the 23rd annual Sportsman’s Night. The evening provides not only a sumptuous banquet of food, but also raffles and prizes and is expected to draw an enormous crowd in support of a worthy cause for the community.
The evening’s festivities will take place at Pawling Station 1, located at 25 South Street. PFD Sportsman’s night is held the night before the Super Bowl, and serves as the department’s largest annual fundraiser. While the Pawling Fire District receives some town funding for the operations of their fire stations, the PFD itself is funded exclusively through their fundraising events and donations. The funds raised through Sportsman’s Night are essential to purchase equipment and tools, training for members, and the department’s daily operating expenses.
The menu for the evening will include an all-you-can-eat array of game dishes prepared by members of the department, including duck breast stir-fry, pheasant, venison roasts and meatloaf, and a rabbit stew prepared by guest chef Tom Stevens of Iron & Wine Restaurant in Patterson. All of the evening’s food is prepared by members of the Pawling Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary. This year, Deputy Chief Chris Greene serves as the Head of the Sportsman’s Night Committee, and Assistant Chief Brendan Gaughran will serve as Head Chef in charge of the evening’s kitchen crew. “We couldn’t do it without them,” says Pawling Fire Chief Everett White. “We’ve already started prepping, we’re expecting more than 700 people that night.”
In addition to the dinner, the evening will also feature a raffle and door prizes including more than $15,000 worth of hunting, fishing, and outdoor equipment. The grand prize will be a 2019 Polaris Ranger 500 UTV with trailer. Dutchess County Sheriff Butch Anderson will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the festivities, and numerous local dignitaries will also be in attendance.
Doors open at 5:00 p.m., and department officials are anxiously anticipating another successful Sportsman’s Night. “The men and women of the Pawling Fire Department would like to thank all the residents for their continued and undying support,” adds Chief White.
PFD Sportsman's Night tickets are available for a $50 donation and may be purchased on the department’s website or at Pawling Family Quickstop, 8 West Main Street. Limited tickets will also be sold at the door, but officials urge attendants to purchase in advance. For more information or to order tickets visit PawlingFire.org online.