Fort Dodge Fireman’s Ball

Annual event is Wednesday at Starlite

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen
Fort Dodge Fire Department probationary firefighter Ashley Jochum holds a pair of tickets to the upcoming Fort Dodge Fireman’s Ball featuring the Johnny Holm Band. The event is on Nov. 22 from 8 to 11:30 p.m. at the Best Western Starlite.

The Fort Dodge Firefighters Association, International Association of Firefighters Local 622, will be holding the annual Fort Dodge Fireman’s Ball on Wednesday.

“The Fireman’s Ball one of the two fundraising events we hold throughout the year to help raise funds for the department,” said firefighter Ben Waynar.

The money is used by the Firefighers Association to purchase general station supplies and equipment that the city doesn’t provide.

“This includes exercise equipment and kitchen supplies,” Waynar said. “We also use the money for the charities we are involved with and for the scholarships we give away each year to high school students.”

Firefighter Randy Schilling added, “This ball is a social event, where guests can hang out while enjoying live music.”

The Johnny Holm Band will be the entertainment for the night during the Ball.

The leader and frontman of the widely known travel band has a reputation as one of the most entertaining performers today. The band consists of some of the best musicians in the Midwest

“They are very energetic during their concerts,” Waynar said. ”Guests can expect a mix of old time rock ‘n’ roll to today’s hits.”

There will be non-stop entertainment from the first to last song.

“The band is very fun because they get the crowd involved with them while they are performing,” Schilling said.

Also during the night will be a raffle with numerous donated items including a smoker, a tablet, gift cards from different businesses around town, and more.

Tickets for the raffle can be purchased at the door on the night of the ball. Guests can buy one ticket for $5 or five tickets for $20.

The Fort Dodge Fireman’s Ball will be held from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites, 1518 Third Ave. N.W.

Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased by calling (515) 573-2871. Limited tickets are available, and it is recommended to purchase ahead of time. On the night of the fundraiser, tickets will be on a first come, first serve basis.

For more information on the event, please call the Fort Dodge Fire Department at (515) 573-2871.