Coral Springs Fire Department to host Cancer Awareness Dinner

 The community is invited to the Coral Springs Fire Department’s Cancer Awareness Pasta Dinner on Saturday, October 28 from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Station 80, located at 2825 Coral Springs Drive, north of Royal Palm Blvd. Coral Springs, Florida 33065.

This event is open to the public and for a $5 donation, residents will receive a plate of pasta prepared by Coral Springs Firefighters, along with homemade firehouse sauces, salad, meatballs, Italian sausage, bread, a beverage and even a dessert table. Dinner will be cooked and served by the firefighters and attendees will be able to get a tour of the firehouse, see their equipment, socialize with them and purchase t-shirts. They will have helmets for the kids as well.

Donations and proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society along with Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund and the Coral Springs Professional Firefighters Benevolent Association.

“We want to bring awareness to the community, support all types of cancer and have a great event. The money raised goes to the local chapter, and helps raise funds for the Benevolent to do more charitable events throughout Coral Springs and Parkland,” said Robert McGilloway, Division Chief of Training for the Coral Springs Fire Department.

“We started the event 8 years ago as a trial and everyone was so receptive to it that it became a staple event for the city and residents to look forward to every year. It has grown and improved each year and it’s a good time for the firefighters and for the city,” said Lieutenant Mike Farmer, President of the Coral Springs Professional Firefighters Benevolent Association.

The Department has been impacted by cancer since losing a close friend and fellow firefighter Paul Pietrafesa, a former driver, engineer for the Coral Springs Fire Department, who passed away from pancreatic cancer.

“The International Association of Firefighters has adopted wearing pink for October for Breast Cancer Awareness for many years. It has grown into not just focusing on breast cancer but all forms of cancer. We have the lavender ribbon with our logo on it supporting the fight against cancer. We have had people in our Department and their families suffer from cancer. Our firefighter Paul Pietrafesa suffered from cancer and we want to honor them,” said Farmer.

“Last year we topped the 1,000 served mark and this year we hope to top the 1,500 people served,” said Farmer.

Come out and support your local firefighters and community in a quest to fight cancer!

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