Jeffersonville firefighters will welcome community members to its annual Street Dance Saturday.
The event kicks off 4 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and an open house, and music, food and games will keep the event festive throughout the day.
The street dance will be the first time the public will have the opportunity to see the firefighters’ fully renovated Union Hall located at 11th and Mechanic streets.
To usher in the recently completed renovated facility located in Quartermaster Station, firefighters are inviting the public to tour the two-story building and interact with fire department personnel.
Planned activities include live music, a disc jockey, raffles, corn hole, door prizes and a beer garden.
Admission is $5 per person, and pulled-pork barbecue plates will be on sale for $5.
Eleventh Street will be blocked off between Mechanic Street and Dutch Lane, where a stage will be set up and people will have a chance to mingle outside.
Jeffersonville Firefighter Local 558 Union President Matt McDowell said some of the proceeds will go toward the firefighters’ union, but the majority will be put into its Community Help Fund.
“The Community Help Fund really provides us the opportunity to help the people that we work with directly,” McDowell said. “It’s no myth that when we show up, someone is having a bad day.”
He said the Community Help Fund uses money to help those in need of financial assistance after experiencing a house fire and to fund firefighter/child shopping trips during the holidays.
McDowell said the street dance not only helps fund the union and pad the Community Help Fund, it also helps foster the bond between firefighters and community members.
“It is an important thing for us to be a part of the community,” he said. “The community does pay our salaries. We are afforded the opportunity to work by the community, so any chance that we can give back, any chance that we can be directly involved with the community, any chance that we can sit down with the community members and talk with them on a personal level instead of just being there in bad times, is a good thing.”