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Duquesne Comes Together to Support VFD

By Tom Leturgey
The Tube City Almanac
February 26, 2024
Posted in: Duquesne News

A large crowd of Duquesne residents came out Saturday for a fundraiser to support the fire department. (Tom Leturgey photo for Tube City Almanac)

Duquesne residents filled the Croatian Club on Saturday for a spaghetti dinner fundraiser to benefit the city’s Volunteer Fire Department.

On the sunny cold afternoon, trucks from the fire department lined Grant Street and volunteer fire fighters welcomed patrons to the club. Duquesne fire Chief Frank Cobb said that he was enthused with the response from the community.

“Last year we sold out with 250 dinners, and we have prepared 350 this year. We hope to sell out again,” he said, perched in the corner of the dining hall.

For weeks, neighbors had been preparing for the event, taking donations for raffle baskets and the like. Dozens of baskets donated by community members, elected officials and others lined the tables along the wall. Wine and tool baskets, as well as gift cards and other amenities were up for grabs.

For $12, supporters received a spaghetti dinner, a roll, salad and dressing and drinks. VFD members manned the cashier tables, kitchen, ticket areas and drink stations. For only $2, diners were treated to pieces of pie for dessert.

“It’s very nice to see the turnout,” said Duquesne City Councilman Aaron Adams. “I think it was slower in the beginning, but things have picked up.” The dinner was scheduled for 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and tables were packed closing in on 5 p.m. Duquesne police Chief William Shaw was also in attendance.

Families of all ages lined the tables and take outs hustled from the kitchen.

The family-friendly community event was designed to help fund operations at the VFD.

Cobb will have a report on the number of dinners sold and the amount raised for daily operations and needed equipment at a later date.

A lottery tree, 50/50 and raffle stations were positioned near the entrance to the Croatian Club. (Tom Leturgey photo for Tube City Almanac)

Tom Leturgey is a freelance writer based in Pittsburgh and the editor of KSWA Digest, the online news and features home of the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance. His work also appears in The Valley Mirror and other publications.

Originally published February 26, 2024.

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