EDWARDSVILLE — On Sept. 11, America will commemorate the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed 2,997 people in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania.
The Edwardsville Fire Department decided to have a fundraising event to help out charities throughout the city. The department will host Social Night from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at Edison’s Entertainment Complex.
“We heard of other departments doing this throughout the state, and we kind of researched it a little bit and thought we could give it a shot and see what we could come up with,” said firefighter-paramedic Cole Schrage, coordinator of the event. “We already did the Fill The Boot campaign for the MDA, and we’ve been doing that for about 25 to 30 years. Over the last 10 years, we’ve done the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which helps kids with cancer. We figured that it was another way that we could help out the community and the community organizations.”
The event is open for anyone who buys a ticket for $10, which covers bowling, laser tag and arcade. Ten bowling lanes have been reserved.
“We had quite a few guys here who have families and their kids who are in that age where bowling, laser tag and arcade are still fun to do with mom and dad,” Schrage said. “So a lot of guys and people were looking forward to it, being able to get out with the other families and show that we’re just like everybody else. We go do these things and we would like for anyone who want to join will be able to join. You’ll get a chance to see us not in uniform and we’re just regular people. We’re just trying to help do our part with the community.”
Opened in 2012, Edison’s houses a 12-lane bowling alley, a laser tag arena, arcade game center, a bar and restaurant. The bowling area has four 12-foot TV screens and leather lounging sofas.
“Edison’s has done really well for us,” said Schrage, who has worked with the Edwardsville Fire Department for eight years. “They’ve been a tremendous help and we’re out there selling tickets. This is the first event that we’re doing with them. They helped us out by letting us use their facility, reserving those lanes for us, making the tickets and getting them to us in advance so we were able to get out and start selling them to friends and family and local community-goers that we know. They’ve been great to work with.”
For more information, contact the Edwardsville Fire Department at (618) 692-1741.