Dear Ellington Resident & Neighbor,
We are a 100% volunteer organization providing fire protection and rescue services to the community. This year we are celebrating our 92nd anniversary of helping our community at times of disaster and need. Last year our volunteers responded to over 895 emergency calls and donated over 7000 hours for emergency duty, public fire prevention education, training and maintenance of the fire apparatus and fire stations.
Since 1934, the “Lawn Party”, as it was known to members for many years, has been held to raise funds to purchase additional equipment and provide training to our members and the community that are not provided for by the town. The “Fireman’s Fair”, a name that community members came to refer to our fundraising effort, has been held annually, with the exception of a brief period during the 1950’s when state legislation outlawed games of chance. The Fireman’s Fair has been a predictable annual event and has become synonymous with the end of the summer, the beginning of the school year as well as the change of the season.
We are saddened that we will not be able to provide the community with this time-honored tradition which would have been held September 10-12 this year. We did not reach this decision lightly. Considerations that drove our decision to forego the event this year include the uncertainty of the COVID-19 virus, and the ever-changing requirements and recommendations of local, state, and federal guidelines as well as the challenges of physical distancing for the thousands of carnivals goers. Our top priority is always the health and safety of our friends and neighbors, that we serve every day, as well as the many out of towners that faithfully attend our event.
We are aware of and are sympathetic to the significant personal challenges that our community members have faced; many of our members have faced those same challenges. The EVFD has continued to provide support to the many local civic groups as we have done for many years, such as The Ellington Little League, The Ad Hoc Graduation Fund, The Ad Hoc Patriotic Committee through Wreaths Across America, The Torch Light Parade in addition to the many Fire Prevention and Public Safety presentations we conduct; all of which are funded through your support of us.
We are truly humbled as many of you have reached out to us asking if there is a way to still support the fire department since we will not be holding our annual carnival or raffle this year. To that end, we have decided to send out this mailer letting you know that if you are able to, you can support our 2020 Fundraising by making a donation.
Donations can be made via our website (link below) or sent to:
EVFD PO Box 911 Ellington, CT 06029 ATTN 2020 Fundraiser.
We hope everyone remains healthy and safe and wish to convey our most sincere gratitude for the continued support of our community. See you @ the Fair in 2021!!
We constantly strive to provide the highest level of service to our community. We thank you for your continued support and respect. As a sign of our appreciation please accept the enclosed magnet and sticker as a thank you for your support.
Link to Our Venmo for online donations : www.venmo.com/TheEllingtonVolunteerFire-Inc