PLATTSBURGH - An evening of food and entertainment will help raise money for a pink fire truck.
The Guardians of the Ribbon, a nonprofit organization made up of firefighters and police officers, work to raise money and awareness for nonprofit entities that help women and children faced with cancer.
The local chapter, also the first in the state, is known as the Northern New York Chapter of the Guardians of the Ribbon, and was begun by West Chazy Volunteer Fire Department firefighter Jim Garrant. The organization began in July and immediately got to work raising money for their pink fire truck - one of the organizations main goals.
"[The truck] is going to be used to bring awareness of cancer in women and children and hopefully we can raise more funds," Garrant explained.
"Other groups that I've talked to said that is their biggest thing to do," he added. "It's the centerpiece of each chapter. If we go to an event, it helps to draw people in. We've got our eye on three trucks right now."
Howard Fleisher, a firefighter with the South Plattsburgh Fire Department and owner of Michele's Fine Dining, heard about the Guardians and their plans to purchase a truck and knew he wanted to help.
"Having a business in the community, you have to give back to the community," he explained.
Fleisher will offer a buffet dinner Saturday, Dec. 4, from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the restaurant for a $10 donation, with all proceeds going directly towards the truck purchase.
"It's just amazing because he's putting on the whole meal for us, no charge," said Garrant. "He's gone out and got prizes to raffle off for us."
The prizes, some of which include two day passes to Titus Mountain in Malone, and restaurant gift certificates, will be raffled off in a Chinese auction and door prizes.
"We've been going around to businesses and they've been great helping us out with stuff," explained Garrant.
Garrant said he's received enormous help from Fleisher, with Fleisher even ordering special wine for the evening.
"He knows we're looking to get a fire truck and we're going to paint it pink. This wine is called Pink Truck wine out in California," Garrant said, adding Fleisher also ordered a wine called Fire Truck.
Fleisher also told Garrant his plan is to have the Guardians leave the restaurant with the full amount of money needed for the truck.
If they succeed, the organization can then look towards their next goal of working with CVPH Medical Center's cancer center.
"Our goal down the road is to start a fund at the Fitzpatrick Cancer [Center] for people without insurance," said Garrant, adding it may also be used to pay for copays.
The evening of entertainment at Michele's Fine Dining, 5131 U.S. Ave., will also feature a deejay and live entertainment from a local band.
For more information, contact the restaurant at 561-8142 or visit www.michelesofnewyork.com. For more information about the Guardians of the Ribbon, contact Garrant at 493-5906.