VFD Hosts First Annual Firefighters Ball

Event to raise money and awareness for local women and families

Have a ball, and make a difference doing it.

The Valdosta Fire Department is hosting the First Annual Firefighters Ball on Oct. 15, 2016, to give the community a night of food and fun, but also to raise money for the work of Pink Heals Valdosta South Georgia, a local VFD initiative that provides care to local women in a variety of ways.

The ball will take place from 7 p.m.-midnight, at the James H. Rainwater Conference Center, located at 1 Meeting Place in Valdosta.

This adult-only event, which is open to the public, is formal dress and will include a buffet style dinner, music from local band Live 5, dancing, a cash bar and more.

Early Bird tickets to the event are $35 until Sept. 15 and regular-priced tickets are $40 until Oct. 15. Tables of 10 are also available for purchase. Space is limited, and tickets may be purchased here.

“This ball is a fun way to promote unity among public servants and the community and to—most importantly—raise money and shine a spotlight on the VFD’s year-long Pink Heals initiative,” Administrative Battalion Chief Ronald Skrine said.

Pink Heals is a grassroots organization that focuses on supporting women and families in local communities, putting people first instead of causes, raising awareness and not just money.

Started in Arizona in 2007, the group now has chapters all over the country. Fire Chief Freddie Broome participated in one such chapter in North Carolina; and once here, he and Battalion Chief Skrine worked together to bring Pink Heals to Valdosta.

One-hundred percent of the funds raised for Pink Heals goes right back to the community. These funds are used to provide care and support for women and families in whatever sickness or need they face, such as any form of cancer, heart disease, lupus, domestic violence, mental health, diabetes or homelessness, to name a few.

“Our work may be providing a sick mother with child care for a day, buying blankets for a cancer center, giving homeless children basic necessities, or simply bringing flowers and a hug to someone in the community who needs encouragement,” Battalion Chief Skrine said. “There’s enough in the world to divide us all; this is something that can bring the community together.”

Those interested in attending the VFD’s First Annual Firefighters Ball and having a good time in the name of a great cause may visit the event page or contact Battalion Chief Skrine at rskrine@valdostacity.com or at 229-333-1835. To learn more about Pink Heals, visit @pinkhealsvaldosta on Facebook or at www.pinkfiretrucks.org.​

Posted by Sementha Mathews Thursday, September 1, 2016 9:45:00 AM Categories: Fire Press Release Public Information