Members of the New City Fire Department rolled out their fire trucks Friday to make way for tables and a stage as the firehouse became a comedy club for the night.
The evening of food, jokes and laughter at the firehouse on Maple Avenue in New City were a fundraiser to help support the upcoming celebration of the New City Fire Engine Co. No. 1's 125th Anniversary, taking place in 2013. The Rockland County Volunteer Firefighters Association's annual parade will take place in New City in 2013 in honor of the anniversary.
“We sold about 185 tickets for the evening and there have already been a number of people buying tickets at the door so we are hoping to have well over 200 people here this evening,” said Jason Goldsmith of the New City Fire Department.
The evening began with a few drinks and plenty of friendly conversation. At 7 p.m., guests enjoyed a dinner buffet provided by one of NCFD's own and at 8 p.m. the comics took the stage.
“It’s important to support local volunteers whenever possible,” said Clarkstown Councilman Frank Borelli of New City. “This is a great evening going to a great cause. It is an honor for them to host the parade on the same year as their anniversary and nights like this help them make 2013 something special.”
“This is not our first comedy night. We had one on a much smaller scale and it went really well so we decided to open this to the pubic,” said Goldsmith. “We just want to thank the community for coming out like this and supporting us. It is really nice to see everyone helping out like this.”