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Volunteer Fire Department Cancels Fundraiser Due To Religious Opposition

Volunteer Fire Department Cancels Fundraiser Due To Religious Opposition


FIGHT WITH MEMBERS OF A MOTORCYCLE CLUB. A VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT IS PULLING THE PLUG BECAUSE OF A GROUP OF CHURCH LEADERS WHO HAVE EXPRESSED CONCERN. FUNDRAISING IS A WAY OF SURVIVAL FOR MANY VOLU FIRE DEPARTMENTS. FOR ONE LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT PLANNING A MONEY RAISING EVENT IN THE NEAR FUTURE ARE GONNA HAVE TO COME UP WITH SOME ALTERNATIVE. THE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT IN WESTMORELAND COUNTY HAS DECIDED TO CAN BIG FUNDRAISING EVENT. THE EVEN WAS CALLED SPARKLING QUEENS OF DRAG BINGO. A SIMILAR EVENT LAST YEAR RAISE BODY $10,000. OFFICIAL HIS NO CHOICE BUT TO CANCEL THE EVENT BECAUSE THEY SOLD OWN ABOUT 60 TICKET. THEY HOPED TO SELL 300 BY NOW. WE CAN’T HOLD A FUNDRAISING EVENT WHERE WE’RE GONNA LOSE MONEY. OUR GOAL IS TO MAKE MONEY. WE NEED THE FUNDS. Reporter: A GROUP OF SEVEN PASTORS FROM CHURCHES IN THE MT. PLEASANT TOWNSHIP AREA SENT OUT THIS LETTER IN MARCH IT SAID THIS PART “THIS EVENT ENCOURAGES THE TOUCHING, FONDLING AND GROPING OF PATRONS DRESSED IN DRAG.” THE ALL OF OUR EVENS ARE SELL-OUTS. AND NEXT YEAR WE’VE BEEN TOGETHER FOR A YEAR, AND I’M PROUD TO SAY THAT WE HAVE RAISED $183,000 FOR LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS AND ORGANIZATIONS. WE HAD TO PUT A HALT ON OUR REMODELING OF OUR STATION AND OUR DAY ROOM BECAUSE WE DON’T HAVE THE MONEY TO DO IT. WE HAVE TRUCKS AND APPARATUS THAT NEED MAINTENANCE AND UPKEEP AND REPAIRS. Reporter: FOR THEIR PART, THE SPARKLING QUEENS SAY THEY HAVE HAD NOTHING BUT POSITIVE FEEDBACK. EVERY FIRE DEPARTMENT THAT HAS HAD US, MAYBE TWO DAYS LATER, I GET A PHONE CALL FROM THEIR PRESIDENT SAYING HOW AMAZING WE WERE, HOW PROFESSIONAL WE WERE, HOW MUCH MONEY THEY RAISED. AS FOR THOSE PASTORS AND CLERGYMEN WHO SIGNED THAT

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