About the Firemen's Ball
The Firemen’s Ball started years ago when a couple of talented musicians who love Ocracoke gathered to play music and raise some money for a good cause. Since then, the original group (The Dune Dogs) out of Raleigh, NC, with the help of local bands The Ocracoke Rockers, Raygun Ruby and the Aaron Caswell Band, have come together every year to make this fundraiser a huge success. Not only is it a good time, it is an important fundraiser for the fire department.
On Saturday, May 23rd of Memorial Day weekend this year, we will be holding our fifteenth annual Ocracoke Volunteer Firemen’s Ball at The Berkley Barn on Ocracoke Island. Thanks to the continued support of sponsors, donors and volunteers, last year’s ball was again very successful. Together we raised over $77,000 for the Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department Building Fund! Even though the new building has been completed, we still need your help more than ever. The Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department’s main source of funding for operating expenses such as mortgage, utilities, equipment, insurance, etc. is from fundraising efforts, and the Firemen’s Ball is the largest event of the year for this need. Ocracoke Island is in a rare situation due to the fact that we have no guaranteed source of income support (such as a fire tax) for our Volunteer Fire Department.
This year’s Firemen’s Ball will be much the same as in previous years…we will start off the day with a pig pickin’ (last year we served over 600 people!), followed by a silent and a live auction, finishing off with a musical extravaganza featuring The Dune Dogs of Raleigh, NC and local favorites The Ocracoke Rockers! For those of you who have helped in the past, we want to extend a heartfelt thank you from the Ocracoke Fire Protection Association and all those involved with the Firemen’s Ball. We continue to be humbled by the generosity of so many local businesses and individuals. Please consider a sponsorship this year - it’s a wonderful opportunity to have your business or family name associated as a part of this great cause, while supporting the local community. In addition to sponsorship opportunities, please consider donating goods or services for the live and silent auctions - and we always make sure that you or your business is well recognized by having your name, business card and information on the donated product.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.
Larry and Steph