Marion Gleaners host fundraiser dinner for local fire department

MARION — Residents of Marion and nearby communities have an opportunity to enjoy a roast beef dinner with all the trimmings while supporting the Marion Community Fire Department at a benefit sponsored by the Marion Arbor of Gleaners.

The dinner is scheduled for Sunday, March 18 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6015 hall in Marion. The Gleaners will donate the food and volunteers from the group will prepare the meal.

The menu features roast beef, potatoes and gravy, vegetables, salad bar, dinner rolls, beverages and dessert.

Donna Geyer of Marion, Gleaners secretary-treasurer, is the event coordinator assisted by Ardith Cutler, Kathleen Kelso and Marsha Turner.

According to Geyer, the Gleaners donate special funds to a cause or group each year, and the fire department is the recipient this year.

There is no set cost for the dinner—guests will contribute to the funds through their donations. There will also be a prize raffle and 50/50 drawing.

“It’s a volunteer fire department,” Geyer said, “that covers a large area and we never know where they’ll be needed next.”

“This is our way of saying thanks and supporting them,” she added. “And we want to thank the VFW, too, who are offering the use of the VFW hall without charge as their way of supporting the firefighters. Since the Gleaners are donating the food and the VFW is donating use of the hall, 100 percent of the benefit proceeds will go to the fire department.”

Jack Nehmer, Marion village president and president of the fire department board, stated that more than two dozen volunteer firemen serve the village of Marion and the townships of Hartwick, Highland, Marion, Middle Branch, Sylvan and Winterfield.

“We appreciate the Gleaners benefit dinner and the use of the VFW hall,” said Nehmer. “I’ll be attending along with fire chief David Turner and assistant fire chief Derek Wing. We’re looking forward to seeing a lot of our friends and neighbors at the dinner.”

If you live in Marion or the surrounding townships, mark your calendar now for March 18. Get a group together; bring your family, friends and neighbors to enjoy a special dinner and support the volunteer firefighters in your area.

The VFW hall is at 530 E. Main St., Marion. For more information call Geyer at (231) 743-2854.