2016 Firehouse Chili to Benefit United Way

Firehouse chili 2015 volunteersPhoto:  Several of the City of Paducah volunteers who helped during the 2015 Firehouse Chili event

The City of Paducah is holding Firehouse Chili on Friday, November 11 to benefit the United Way of Paducah-McCracken County.  Everyone is invited to stop by Fire Station #1 located at 301 Washington Street from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. to purchase chili, chili dogs, and/or hot dogs cooked by firefighters.  Bring the entire family or office and enjoy lunch at one of the many tables set up in the fire station’s bays. 

Assistant Chief Gabe Reeves says, “It’s very exciting to host Firehouse Chili since the event gets bigger each year.  Plus, it’s a chance for everyone to enjoy good cooking for a great cause.” 

This year, Firehouse Chili is scheduled on the same day as the Veterans Day Parade.  City of Paducah Executive Assistant Claudia Meeks helps coordinate the lunch.  Meeks says, “By holding the event on Veterans Day, we hope to capitalize on having a lot of people downtown for the parade.  Honor our veterans by attending the parade and then be sure to have lunch at Station #1 to assist the United Way.” 

Meeks adds, “We look forward to helping the United Way since it’s a community organization that has several partner agencies including the Red Cross, Merryman House, and Oscar Cross Boys & Girls Club.”

The City directors are providing funds to purchase supplies while the three assistant fire chiefs for the Paducah Fire Department are furnishing the ingredients and cooking the chili with the assistance of all Fire Department members.  Due to the employee donations for the food and supplies, 100 percent of the proceeds from the luncheon will go directly to the United Way of Paducah-McCracken County.

The 2015 Firehouse Chili event raised $740 for United Way.  Last year, the City of Paducah employees raised a total of $10,021 through fundraising events such as Firehouse Chili and employee contributions out of paychecks.


Bowl of Chili              $5.00
Chili Dog                   $4.00
Hot Dog                    $2.00
Beverage                   $1.00