Niagara Gazette — This coming Friday night, the fund will welcome a new event. Spearheaded by Fire Chief Tom Colangelo, the first Toy Fund Disco Party will be held at the Elks Lodge on Fashion Outlet Boulevard.
“The chief has really pulled all of that together,” Castellani said. “We think it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Firefighters will also be out at the intersection of Niagara Falls Boulevard and Military Road on Black Friday with their Boot Brigade.
“There is usually a huge amount of traffic there, though with stores (opening early on Thanksgiving night), we’re hoping that doesn’t hurt us,” Castellani said. “We can’t be standing in traffic in the dark.”
The last of the seasonal fundraising will take place on Dec. 14, with the annual Toy Fund Telethon and Basket Raffle. Broadcast on Time Warner Cable, the telethon has become a defining element of the firefighter’s fundraising efforts.
“It’s definitely the most well-known facet of our fund raising,” Castellani said. “Once again we’ll have over 100 gift baskets donated by local businesses and individuals and, of course, since we aren’t professional telethon people, we hope folks will come by (the broadcast site) for the unintentional comedy.”