Tag Archives: Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department

BIG BAND DANCE

Mar 27 – CHOPTANK RIVER BIG BAND DANCE 7-10pm. $45adv; $55 at door. Location: KI Volunteer Fire Station Hall. KIFA. www.kifa.us or 410-643-7424.

DESIGNER PURSE BINGO

Jan 19 – DESIGNER PURSE BINGO hosted by KIVFD Ladies Auxiliary. Doors open 12N; Games start 1pm. $30 adv; $35 at door. KI American Legion. 410-746-5599.

HOLIDAY FLORAL DESIGNS

Dec 7 – DEMO-HOLIDAY FLORAL DESIGNS by Murdoch’s Florist sponsored by KI Garden Club. 1-3:30pm. $15/person. KI Fire House, 1610 Main St, Chester. dbonner@verizon.net.

Casino Nite at the Crab Deck

Join us in supporting The United Way of Queen Anne’s County and Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department at the Fisherman’s Crab Deck for the 2013…

Saturday November 2, 2013 6pm – Till…
Games include Blackjack, Poker, Roulette, Slots and Craps.

Price includes light dinner, beer & wine!

CASH WINNINGS!!

Two sites to purchase tickets online!!

http://www.unitedwayqac.org/casino-event/index.html

http://www.kivfdevents.com/casino-nite-2013-invite
Also, you can mail a check made out to the United Way of QAC for tickets ($65 a piece before 10/27) to: The United Way of QAC, PO Box 399, Chester, MD 21619
(After 10/27 the price goes to $75 so get your tickets now!!)

KIVFD Cash Bash Winner!

Cash Bash 2013 Winner (400 x 268)The Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department’s Cash Bash was a great success raising over $40,000 for the Capital Campaign for the station. The grand prize winner of $10,000 this year was John Brown of Stevensville. Presenting the check to him was President Jody Schulz (left) and Cash Bash Chair, Lou Johnson (right).

Casino Nite Comes Back!

casino nite dealer pic (400 x 300)For one night in November, cash table games, slots and great food will be available at Fisherman’s Crab Deck on the Narrows in Grasonville, just a short drive from Annapolis. Maryland’s Eastern Shore will host the second year of a cash fundraiser benefiting the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department and the United Way of Queen Anne’s County. Professional gambling equipment and tables will be operated by volunteers comprised of police officers, firefighters from differing jurisdictions and others who are friendly and experienced so that the games are kept lively and moving.

The first year of Casino Nite proved that our population enjoys the cash gambling allowed in our community as run by volunteers. The card games, money wheels, craps tables, roulette tables and slot machines provide an evening of entertainment. Local restaurants volunteer their food and service with signature dishes at tasting stations that offer everything from appetizers, salads and entrees to desserts. Beer and wine are also provided to attendees with a cash bar available.

Casino Nite is held at the Crab Deck that closes for the winter after the end of crab season. The interior is decorated with satin panels and other accessories to bring out the opulent Casino look and atmosphere.

This fundraising collaboration between two highly visible not for profit organizations that serve the Queen Anne’s County and transient community was initiated in 2012 and immediately was financially successful and popular.

United Way of Queen Anne’s County

The United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community to advance the common good. The United Way connects residents to services that run the gamut from serving those with disabilities to supporting after school programs; from programs featuring the arts to educational programs regarding the environment.

Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department

The volunteer fire department provides emergency fire, rescue and medical services to a residential and business community of approximately 18,000 not including transient commuter and vacationing traffic over a highway that bisects its service area and the Bay Bridge that connects with the Western shore. Its boats also provide marine rescue on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

This fun event will begin at 6 PM on Saturday, November 2nd with Early Bird tickets available for $65 per person (before 10/27, then they’re $75) at www.kivfdevents.com or by mailing a check to Casino Nite KIVFD, 1610 Main St, Chester, MD 21619.

KIVFD and United Way of QAC Casino Nite

394993_4458802999797_1816411431_n (400 x 306)Over 200 well fed and fun loving people attended a Casino Nite fund raiser at Fisherman’s Crab Deck that raised more than $20,000 for the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department and the United Way of Queen Anne’s County.

Tasting stations with their most popular menu items were offered by Love Point Deli, Wine & Spirits, R’s Americantina, Rustico Restaurant & Wine Bar, Kentmorr Restaurant, The Narrows, Ledo’s Pizza, Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop, Fisherman’s Inn Restaurant & Crab Deck with rich desserts provided by Chesapeake Chocolates, Peace of Cake and Rita’s Italian Ice. Many enjoyed sitting and relaxing with their food before having fun at the cash tables where they were entertained by volunteer dealers, many of them local celebrities.

The two non-profit organizations are already planning next year’s event for the first weekend in November.

In photo: Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department Administrator, Sandra Early with Fire Department President and Celebrity Dealer, Jody Schulz.

The Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department and the United Way of Queen Anne’s County Have Joined Forces to Bring Casino Nite at the Crab Deck to the Eastern Shore of Maryland!

This fundraiser, sponsored by CNB (formerly Centreville National Bank), Queenstown Bank of Maryland and Priceless Industries, will benefit both non-profit organizations and is scheduled for Saturday, November 3rd starting at 6 PM at Fisherman’s Crab Deck (also a sponsor) in Grasonville. The tickets, which cost $65 per person, include light dinner, beer, and wine plus $10 in free match plays.

There are professionally trained volunteers lined up for Black Jack, Poker, Roulette and Kent Island Craps. They will be joined by local “Celebrity Dealers” who are part of a Dealer Challenge going on that evening. “When you purchase a ticket to the event, there is a place on the ticket to mark off each celebrity dealer you visit. If you visit all the dealers, you can submit your ticket for a prize drawing,” explains Committee Chair, Francis Roudiez who serves on both the KIVFD and United Way Board of Directors.

The light dinner at the event is being donated by local restaurants. Of course, both Fisherman’s Inn and the Crab Deck will be there and so far they will be joined by R’s Americantina, Love Point Deli, Peace of Cake, Rita’s Italian Ice, Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop and Ledo’s Pizza. Dishes will ranges from the Crab Deck’s Seafood Tortellini to Capriotti’s Italian “Bobbie” and assorted pastries from Peace of Cake and mini gelati’s from Ritas! While beer and wine are included in the ticket price, there will also be a cash bar.

Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at the fire station on Main Street in Chester, or you can stop in at Baker’s Liquors in Chester or at Love Point Deli Wine and Spirits in Stevensville. You can also mail a check for $65 (per person) to the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department c/o Casino Nite, 1610 Main Street, Chester, MD 21619. Tickets are limited so act now! Please visit www.kivfdevents.com or call 410-643-6288 for more information.

 

Casino Nite

The Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department and the United Way of Queen Anne’s County have joined forces to bring Casino Nite at the Crab Deck to the Eastern Shore of Maryland!

This fundraiser, sponsored by CNB (formerly Centreville National Bank), Queenstown Bank of Maryland and Priceless Industries, will benefit both non-profit organizations and is scheduled for Saturday, November 3rd starting at 6 PM at Fisherman’s Crab Deck (also a sponsor) in Grasonville. The tickets, which cost $65 per person, include light dinner, beer, and wine plus $10 in free match plays.

There are professionally trained volunteers lined up for Black Jack, Poker, Roulette and Kent Island Craps. They will be joined by local “Celebrity Dealers” who are part of a Dealer Challenge going on that evening. “When you purchase a ticket to the event, there is a place on the ticket to mark off each celebrity dealer you visit. If you visit all the dealers, you can submit your ticket for a prize drawing,” explains Committee Chair, Francis Roudiez who serves on both the KIVFD and United Way Board of Directors.

The light dinner at the event is being donated by local restaurants. Of course, both Fisherman’s Inn and the Crab Deck will be there and so far they will be joined by R’s Americantina, Love Point Deli, Peace of Cake, Rita’s Italian Ice, Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop and Ledo’s Pizza. Dishes will ranges from the Crab Deck’s Seafood Tortellini to Capriotti’s Italian “Bobbie” and assorted pastries from Peace of Cake and mini gelati’s from Ritas! While beer and wine are included in the ticket price, there will also be a cash bar.

Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at the fire station on Main Street in Chester, or you can stop in at Baker’s Liquors in Chester or at Love Point Deli Wine and Spirits in Stevensville. You can also mail a check for $65 (per person) to the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department c/o Casino Nite, 1610 Main Street, Chester, MD 21619. Tickets are limited so act now! Please visit www.kivfdevents.com or call 410-643-6288 for more information.

A Life of Service

“Who is the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department?” was a very logical question queried by Paul Laun’s mother when he suggested making a sizable donation to them. Especially since she didn’t live on Kent Island! And yet, that’s exactly what Eleanor Laun did. According to Paul, who does live on Kent Island, “I just explained how volunteer fire departments work. Mom was use to the paid departments in Baltimore but could relate to people stepping up to give of their time out of the goodness of their hearts to serve their fellow man.”

You see, Mrs. Laun served as a combat nurse in North Africa, Italy and France during World War II. She understood 12 to 18 hour shifts, or working double shifts. Granted, she was paid. Paid a whole $35 a month to sleep on the ground in North Africa for several nights until tents were set up, tend to sick or wounded soldiers as bombs went off around them in Italy, or work the evacuation hospitals situated in the combat zone which made it possible to accept casualties right from the front line when she served in France.

Philanthropic generosity goes back several generations in the Laun family and every year they give a donation typically given to either a church or hospital. A year and a half ago, when Eleanor was age 93, Paul was discovering new information about his mother’s service in World War II when he got his yearly mail out from the fire department. “I connected the two in my mind and suggested it to the family,” explained Paul. Not only did he get the blessing from his mother, but his six brothers and two sisters were also on board.

The donation to the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department was put towards the Capital Campaign for the station which opened its doors at the end of 2007. Eleanor Laun passed away on January 10th of this year. Outside of the SCBA Room at the station now hangs a plaque dedicated in her memory to honor her generous life of service to others.

Recently, seven of the nine Laun children made a trip to the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department to see that plaque and remember their mother. They told stories of a patient woman (which is a great attribute when you have nine children), who was always a lady and never spoke a bad or harsh word. When the possibility of having so many children and never speaking a harsh word was questioned (seems a bit hard to believe, yes?) they all agreed…their mother handled life with a calmness and a purpose. The one trait she did not tolerate was complaining which they attributed to her time served in the war which gave her the gift of being able to distinguish real problems from minor inconveniences. They also marveled at her zest for life. The story is told of Mrs. Laun visiting the Grand Canyon for the first time when she was in her 80’s. Eleanor’s son in law, Bill Duncan, pointed out that the mules were starting to leave and told her she better run if she wanted to catch a ride. According to Bill, “She took off! She didn’t want to miss a thing! I was honestly sorry I had joked with her because I thought she might fall, but she didn’t.”

While Mrs. Laun’s time of service is one of great pride to her children, it represents only three years in her life of 94. Raising nine children who want to give back to their community, who strive to have her zest for life, and model her patience and kindness; these are the things for which every mother strives and is to be celebrated. Cheif Buddy Thomas remarked that Mrs. Laun “had all the qualities we look for in our members. She would have been a good one!” According to KIVFD President Jody Schulz, “the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department is proud to have a room dedicated in her honor and will do their very best to be worthy stewards of her name and legacy.”

In photo: The Laun family consisting of 7 of the 9 siblings with their spouses and children joined by KIVFD Cheif Buddy Thomas and President Jody Schulz.