On Sunday afternoon, the Mastic Beach Fire Department’s parking lot was covered with canopy tents, beach chairs and umbrellas for their annual Mega Money Mania fundraiser.
“This is the first time in the 17 years of holding this event that it has rained,” said 1st Assistant Chief Carlo Grover. But the wet, chilly weather didn’t stop the community from coming out to enjoy the day.
Each year, two thousand tickets are sold and approximately 4,000 people attend this event. All tickets are sold in advance so it was no surprise that people were buying next year’s Mega Money Mania tickets at the gate. Tickets to this event will also be available on the Mastic Beach Fire Departments website.
1st Assistant Chief Carlo Grover explained about ticket sales, “A lot of it is word of mouth or people buy the tickets who have attended this event year after year.”
The Mega Money Mania is Mastic Beach Fire Department’s biggest fundraiser each year. “A committee of five members coordinate this fundraiser but it’s a joint effort by all of the firemen who get together to do stuffing’s and mailings,” stated 1st Assistant Chief Carlo Grover, “but those five committee guys make sure that it happens.”
There were about fifty Mastic Beach Fire Department members volunteering at the fundraising event. Lots of food, beverages and music made the crowd forget about the rain. Brookhaven FD and Mastic Beach Ambulance were on standby in case there was a problem at the event.
When asked what were some of the benefits of becoming a member of the fire department, one of the Commissioners, Bill Biondi said, “We’re in it to help out the community. We’re there all of the time if there’s a problem.” He continued to say, “We have a bottle out for Johnathon Cahill to raise money today for his family.”
Money from this organizations fundraiser today, will go to the scholarship program at William Floyd. 1st Assistant Chief Carlo Grover said, “We give two scholarships to seniors each year. Right now the scholarship committee chooses who receives them but we are going to go back to picking the scholarship winners ourselves. Any senior, male or female, is eligible to apply.”
To find out more about the Mastic Beach Fire Department’s Mega Money Mania or to purchase tickets for next year’s event, call (631) 395-3041.
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