Holyoke Firefighters will host a community dinner on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Mater Dolorosa Social Center in Holyoke. The event will benefit Womanshelter/Compañeras, the only domestic violence program serving Holyoke and nine other communities in western MA. Firehouse Ciao! features a full Italian meal, including homemade spaghetti sauce, prepared by Holyoke Fire Department chefs, a DJ, raffles, and face painting. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children and can be ordered in advance by calling Womanshelter/Compañeras at 538-9717 or at the door.
Funds raised through the event will support the shelter and community based services as well as violence prevention programs. Firehouse Ciao! is expected to draw over 400 people, including firefighters from neighboring towns who hope to sample some new firehouse cooking.