The 38th annual Moran Fire Station fundraiser will look a little different this year — but it’s still happening.
Unlike past years that attracted large gatherings for barbecue ribs on the grill and live music, the station decided to invite the community to park at the Moran ballfield, near Moran Elementary School, to watch some firefighter flicks.
According to Capt. Phillip Lamoureaux, the firefighters weren’t sure they would be able to host a fundraiser this year.
“We just kind of hated to not do anything for the community,” he said, “because, quite honestly, as much as it is a great thing for us as a fundraiser, it’s also just come to be a very anticipated community event — especially for our little community of Moran.”
While Jackson fire stations one and six are staffed 24/7 by full-time employees, other stations throughout the valley are strictly volunteers. Lamoureaux said the Moran station’s budget has been reduced this year; its fundraised money helps it with lots of things, including equipment, extrication gear for rescues, firefighter retention and recruitment incentives, and a high school scholarship.
While this weekend’s event will be a fundraiser, Lamoureaux said the Moran firefighters wanted to make it free, safe and accessible to everyone.
“It’s been really humbling to me to see how many people have been asking about the barbecue and really hoping that there would be an event,” Lamoureaux said.
Gates to the ballfield open at 6:30 p.m., with be a pre-show and a 50/50 raffle, concessions and “socially distanced fun.”
The first movie of the night, Disney’s “Planes: Fire & Rescue” (PG), begins at 7:40 p.m. Then, at 9:30 p.m., “Ladder 49,” (PG-13) starring John Travolta, Joaquin Phoenix and Jacinda Barrett, will screen.
Admission to the fire department fundraiser movie night is limited to the first 100 vehicles. RVs are not permitted.
According to Lamoureaux, volunteers worked together to choose firefighter movies that would bring smiles and entertainment to all. ￼