Volunteer firefighters host big barbecue fund-raiser
by Carolyn Purkiss
The 37th annual Topaz Lake Volunteer Fire Department barbecue was a great success. Many people volunteer to help year after year. I talked with Chief Bob Gable and his wife Gerri about the overwhelming support of the volunteers who came from Topaz Lake and the surrounding communities.
“We really appreciated the support of everybody both locally and out in the community including Holbrook Highlands, Antelope Valley, Smith Valley, Walker, Topaz and Topaz Ranch Estates and all the people who came in from Minden and Gardnerville. It has been one of our better events for the year. We’ve had 700 to 750 people attending so far today,” said Chief Gable.
Gerri Gable explained, “We had 20 volunteer ladies to help. We had approximately 80 salads, cooked nine roasters of beans, 60 pounds of potato salad, 3 pounds of macaroni salad, 1,600 cookies and the men cooked 800 pounds of beef for 12 hours in a deep pit barbecue. Everybody has pitched in to help. Some ladies brought two salads and others made cash donations besides buying their dinner. Volunteers are notified in August when to donate all of the fixin’s for the barbecue such as salads, beans and cookies.”
Linda Penfield said, ” I came in at 9 a.m. and was scheduled to work from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. I made two salads and cookies. I love doing this. My partner Thelma and I have been doing this for 11 years. It’s the people; we know them all and love them all. It’s great and it supports our fire department.”
Thelma Dunlap said, “I have lived here for 11 years. We make specialty salads and cookies then we come in the morning and package the cookies, clean the vegetables and just basically get everything ready. To me it’s one of the more enjoyable things and people love our barbecue and I like doing it.”
Bob Miller helped carve and serve meat. “I have been volunteering over 10 years. When you have an exceptional fire department like we have at the lake it is a privilege to serve,” Miller said.
Volunteers La Vonne Freer, Dee Fry and Bob Miller all told me how much they enjoy volunteering for the barbecue each year. La Vonne Freer said, “I have been doing this about five or six years. I love helping out, making salads and helping with the serving. Everyone is so friendly and a lot of fun and I look forward to it every year. They are such a wonderful group of people and I can’t do enough for them.”
There were approximately 20 ladies and about 22 men who helped. The proceeds are used to buy and upgrade equipment for the fire department and replacing equipment that might have been damaged in a fire.
Drawings for door prizes and gift certificates were held and items including a slot machine were auctioned. There was a special separate drawing for $750 in cash. Dancing to the country music of Shilo, eating scrumptious food and waiting for your lucky ticket to be drawn completed a fun filled day at Topaz Lake.
— Carolyn Purkiss can be reached at 266-9482 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.