The Britannia Wilton Fire Department’s (BWFD) annual firefighter’s ball has been another success. On April 9 this year, the Department held its twenty-fourth annual function and were able to raise $8500 for their cause.
The event itself was sold out this year at the Stockade Convention Centre and also included a silent auction and 50/50 to help raise more funds for a young boy and his family from Lloydminster.
This year, the funds went to local eight year old Colby Jezowski, who has been diagnosed with cancer and will be seeking treatment over the next three years in Edmonton. Buckingham said Jezowski’s fight is harder than any fire the department would have to face.
“The community was amazing,” said BWFD fire captain Aaron Buckingham.
“They stepped up both in donations for the silent auction and the door prizes, and in buying tickets. We sold out three hours before the actual event started, so it was a full house, and today we’re able to donate $8500 to help.”
Jezowski accepted the funds on Tuesday afternoon, while standing with his family, and both he and his mother, father and two young sisters were taken on a ride in one of the BWFD fire trucks after the presentation.
The way the ball will function next year will be different, according to Buckingham.
“Next year is going to be a bit of a different animal,” said Buckingham.
“Next year is the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Firefighter’s Ball, so we’re looking at some ways to jazz it up a bit and do something a little different than the norm. Of course, again we’re going to take the proceeds from what we make in every ball and donate it to a charity of some sort.”