The Chatham Township Volunteer Fire Departmen will hold its 12th Annual Family BBQ and Pig Roast at its Headquarters, located at 495 River Road in Chatham Township, on Saturday, May 18, rain or shine, from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. Funds raised from the event will benefit The Chatham Township Firefighters Benevolent Fund.

The family-focused event will include live music by The Bill Jayne Band, as well as a Moon Walk, Dunk Tank, an inside look at the Department’s Fire Trucks and other kid-friendly activities. In addition, members of the Fire Department will roast four 100 pound pigs and prepare hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken and a variety of salads, coupled with soda and beer.

Individuals are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance online at CTFD.org. Tickets, which include a commemorative mug and all you can eat and drink, are $30 for adults, $10 for children between 5 and 18 and free for children under five.

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“We are excited to announce our 12th Annual Family BBQ and Pig Roast, which has become a perennial community event offering great food and fun for everyone,” said Lieutenant Drew Atchison of The Chatham Township Volunteer Fire Department. “Last year our volunteer members responded to more than 290 fire-related emergency calls throughout the Township and surrounding communities. This event serves as an important fundraiser for our Benevolent Fund, which helps provides insurance coverage for our members and allows us to promote fire safety awareness initiatives throughout the community. We are grateful for the support of local businesses and residents as we could not effectively protect their lives and property were it not for their generosity.”

The Chatham Township Firefighters Benevolent Fund assists the Fire Department in purchasing insurance to protect its volunteer firefighters should they be injured or killed in the line of duty. It also enables the Department to support its Fire Prevention Week and Fire Prevention Day events that are designed to promote community involvement and social awareness of fire safety and award the annual John M. Basile Volunteerism Award. The award is in honor of Firefighter John M. Basile who passed away from cancer in May 1998 and is presented to a graduating Chatham High School senior in recognition of a consistent history and current involvement as volunteer in one or more organizations in the community.

Individuals interested in volunteering at the event or businesses interested in sponsorship opportunities should contact President John Benton at 973-635-2828 or jbenton@ctfd.org or Lieutenant Drew Atchison at 973-635-2828 or datchison@ctfd.org.