GRASONVILLE — Grasonville Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual fundraising golf tournament Monday, Sept. 21, at Prospect Bay Country Club.
The golf tournament is the department’s biggest fundraiser for the building fund for a new firehouse.
“We had a good year last year, and we’re setting records this year,” said Fire Chief Jason Anthony Monday evening, Aug. 31. “We’re almost sold out.”
“We’ve had an amazing turnout this year,” said golf tournament chairman Tom Sheahan. “The community continues to support us, and the tournament continues to grow. Everyone seems to want to be a part of it.”
The cost to play is $125 per person, $500 per foursome, and if spots for teams sell out, there are still plenty of opportunities for sponsorships, they said. Sponsorships range from $100 to $1,000.
The tournament has four event sponsors this year, Sheahan said. Presenting sponsors are Coastal Pools, Sunrise Pools, MaxSent and Soistman Family Dentistry.
Donations of awards, gifts and prizes are always welcome.
The tournament begins with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. in a four-person scramble format. Prizes will be awarded for first-, second- and third-place teams, as well as closest to the pin and longest drive contests for both men’s and women’s teams, Sheahan said.
Lucky — or skilled — golfers will have the opportunity to win a new Ford car or truck, Anthony said. Bob Bell Ford in Glen Burnie is offering a new vehicle as a hole-in-one prize on the par 3 hole seven.
Other hole-in-one prizes also may be featured, Sheahan said.
Dinner and awards will follow in the clubhouse, along with cash bar, raffles and door prizes. In prior years the banquet was usually served buffet-style, but with COVID-19 concerns and restrictions, this year’s banquet will feature a plated meal, Anthony said.
The tournament “is always a great time,” Anthony said.
The Grasonville Volunteer Fire Department was founded in 1958, and the current firehouse is the only one it has known.
While the firehouse is in good shape, the department has reached the point where more space is needed. Fire apparatus is getting larger, requiring more room, and the building doesn’t have showers, men’s and women’s locker rooms or space for live-in members. It no longer meets the nationally accepted standards for fire service use.
Tom Davis of DMS is working on site plans for the new firehouse, Anthony said. GVFD is looking at an estimated cost of $2.2 million for a new building similar to the new firehouse in Ridgely.
The fire department owns three pieces of property in downtown Grasonville outright, two where the current firehouse and ambulance building stand and another with them. The plan is either to build the new firehouse off the end of the ambulance building or shift the firehouse to the left of the property, he said.
Eventually, everything will go into one building and the old firehouse will be coming down, Anthony said.
The firefighters want to find out how much site preparation will add to construction costs. They are looking at three different contractors for the building design.
“We have to keep the lights on and pay the normal bills. We want to make sure it’s something we can afford,” Anthony said. “We’re close; we’re almost there.”
With the need to maintain and upgrade the fire house and equipment, as well as trying to save for a new building, fundraising is pretty much ongoing, and pandemic state of emergency closures meant the fire department missed out on several of its regular fundraisers, such as the monthly fundraising dinners.
Both Anthony and Sheahan praised the community’s generosity and said they wanted to thank members of the community for their support.
The 2020 bull and oyster roast is set for Nov. 7 at the Grasonville VFW, 203 VFW Ave., Grasonville. Details have yet to be determined.
For more information on the golf tournament, call 410-827-8100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.