Fundraiser set for Keystone Valley Fire Department

Robert “Robby” Cazillo, chief of Keystone Valley Fire Department in Parkesburg.
Robert “Robby” Cazillo, chief of Keystone Valley Fire Department in Parkesburg. Submitted photo

Parkesburg >> Robert Cazillo concedes that his golfing skills aren’t on a par with his idol, Tiger Woods. In fact, he admits, his golf game isn’t that great.

“I am not a good golfer,” said Cazillo. “I just smack the little white ball into the air and see how far it goes.”

Despite his acknowledged lack of skills, his passion for the sport is undiminished. So much so that the 30-year-old has participated in four golf outings.

On Friday, May 11 at 8 a.m., at the Tanglewood Manor Golf Club in Quarryville, Cazillo takes his love for the sport a step further when the Keystone Valley Fire Department in Chester County, of which he is chief, tees off its inaugural golf outing to raise funds for the fire company’s capital building and memorial monument garden projects.

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The building and the monument cost a little over $3,000,000, and half the funds have been raised by individuals and businesses in the company’s coverage area. “The building progress is going well,” stated Cazillo. “The framework of the engine bays are in place. Paving the concrete floor will soon follow, along with the outside walk in front of the station where the memorial monument garden will be featured. I estimate the completion of the projects will be in the summer, and a building dedication will follow in the fall.”

Back in the day, Cazillo recalls, carnivals were the go-to fundraising event for volunteer fire companies because there were plenty of volunteers to man the booths, concession stands, and clean-up detail. Now, with the depleted amount of volunteers in the commonwealth, fire companies have to think of fundraising events that do not require many volunteers.

“Before the merger in 2013,when the Keystone Valley Fire Department was known as Parkesburg Fire Co., and a couple years after, we did host a carnival,” acknowledged Peter Mango, public information officer of Keystone Valley Fire Department. “It became apparent that there was not enough money being made. For us – and other volunteer fire companies – hosting golf outings seemed like an efficient alternative because it does not require many volunteers. All you need is to get hole sponsorships, sign up participants, and man the registration booth.”

Cost for participation in the golf outing costs $100, which includes golf, cart, and lunch. Prizes for first, second, and third place will be awarded. R.S.V.P. and payment are due by April 27. For questions and additional information, call 484 712 0197 or email golf@kvfd8.com.