On Saturday September 23, the Cinnaminson Fire Department held its first annual “Paint The Town Pink” Family Fun Day. An estimated 300 plus people attended the event at the fire station on Cinnaminson Avenue.
There were various types of emergency vehicles on display with our apparatus from the Palmyra
Cinnaminson Riverton Emergency Squad, Cinnaminson Police Department, Pennsauken Fire Department, and Tabernacle Rescue Squad. Some of the vehicles were unique and not normally seen in Cinnaminson, but available if ever needed.
The Union Fire Company of Medford displayed their 1935 Ford pumper, which they have owned since it was brand new. Another great attraction was an antique military Jeep that brought as plenty of history with it.
The kids that attended were kept busy with many great things. A bounce house and face painter headlined the exciting things for the kids to partake in. A balloon artist was also in attendance and games were available in the station for the kids to play with. Bryan Adams Pro DJ played music and helped emcee the event.
This year’s breast cancer supporter items were available for purchase at the event. Shirts, hats, pins, bows, light bulbs, and birdhouses were available with all money raised going towards our fundraising efforts. Fire prevention handouts for children and adults were available for all in attendance, as well as flyers for other upcoming events for our fund raising efforts. Another new thing being done this year is our “Cinnaminson Rocks” rock hunt. The first of ten pink Cinnaminson Fire Department rocks was hidden at the station. Children that find all ten rocks throughout town by the end of October will earn special prizes at the fire station.
Dan’s Waffles was a food truck that sold dessert waffles and sundaes that were as delicious as they were unique. Other food trucks scheduled to attend had to cancel at the last minute for reasons beyond our control. Thanks to donations from Sam’s Club and Mart Pretzel, both of Cinnaminson, our members were able to cook and serve some wonderful food and beverages.
The highlight of the day for many was a ceremony held towards the beginning of the event. Everyone in attendance gathered at the front of the station and the department’s “Paint The Town Pink” vehicle made its triumphant debut.
With its lights flashing and siren blasting, the department’s command vehicle pulled up to the event to show off its brand new pink decals that will don the vehicle throughout October. The cheers from the crowd outdid the sirens and everyone in attendance fell in love with the vehicle. Immediately following the presentation of the vehicle, a group of people gathered around a brick wall that surrounds a monument at our station. On the wall was a line of helmets worn by the firefighters.
The firefighters lined up on the opposite side of the helmets and issued breast cancer awareness stickers to the people lined up across from them. The people participating were breast cancer patients and survivors and people honoring loved ones lost due to the horrible disease. All together, these brave, emotional people donned the helmets with these special stickers. Many shared a hug, most shed a tear, and everyone came together to bring a more personal feeling to our fundraising efforts.
We cannot thank everyone that attended the event enough for their support. We would like to thank the following local businesses for their support by sponsoring portions of our event through generous donations: Legacy Indoor Range, Paul McDonough Plumbing, South Jersey Turf Consultants, Cathy’s Catering, and General Controls. We would also like to thank Acerbo’s Auto Trim and Lettering for their assistance with our vehicle, DKE Decals for helping with the helmet stickers, and A2Z Emblems for another year of making our shirts and hats to wear and sell.
This was a great way to kick off our “Paint The Town Pink” fundraising campaign.
For more information on how you can help with our fundraising efforts, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.