VaHi Residents Turn Out for Firefest

Marco’s Pizza knows how to throw a party!  A big thank you to Robb and Melanie Wallace! There was something for everyone—pizza, caricature artists, face painting, a balloon artist, a photo booth, music, the chance to test your throwing arm and dunk your favorite fireman, and a friendly rivalry between the firefighters and Marco’s staff in tug-o-war.  The firemen also showed off their other talents as they line danced and played games with the attendees.  Even our dogs were made welcome with their own treats and activities.

Fireman Mike poses with the specialty pie that now bears his name.

Fireman Mike poses with the specialty pie that now bears his name.

In addition to a range in types of pizza provided, there was a special pizza sample of the winning Fireman’s pizza–Fireman Mike’s Pizza (cheese, spinach, pepperoni, crumbled sausage, bacon, onions and garlic butter crust). 

Any way you look at it, Firefest was a great success. Approximately 600 people joined in the festivities held in N Highland Park on Sept 24 to celebrate the opening of Marco’s Pizza, and raise money to help fund the restoration of Fire Station 19.  The total collected was $4,910!   

As with any successful endeavor, there are many who contributed their resources to make it seem so seamless for everyone else just enjoying the day.  Thanks to the following organizations and businesses for their contributions, most of which were raffle prizes.  Kris Colluro Smith was the winner in the drawing of the 5-year pizza contest.

  • Atlanta Police Department
  • Bill Hallman Boutique
  • Google fiber
  • Havoline Express Lube
  • Highland Woodwork
  • Home Depot – Ponce De Leon Avenue
  • Intown Ace Hardware
  • Lionheart Framing
  • Marco’s Pizza
  • Mister Car Wash
  • Paw Palace
  • Sweet Peach Wax & Sugaring – North Highland Avenue
  • Van Michael Salon – North Highland Avenue
  • Wells Fargo – Virginia Avenue
Tug-of-war was one of the day's most popular activities.

Tug-of-war was one of the day’s most popular activities.

Be sure to drop by and thank the participating businesses when you get a chance.  Marco’s Pizza is located at 798 North Highland Avenue Suite B.

The design phase of the restoration project is in its initial start-up phase.  Updates will be provided as the project progresses.  Our next fundraising event for the Fire Station 19 restoration is Santathon on Dec. 10.  We hope to see everyone there!

Firefest in the Park to Benefit FS #19

What: Firefest in the Park, an event to benefit Fire Station #19

When: Saturday, September 24, 2016, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Where: North Highland Park (corner of N. Highland and St. Charles)

Atlanta Fire Station #19 is an icon in the Virginia-Highland neighborhood.  Dating back to 1925, it’s the oldest continuously operated fire station in the city. The Virginia-Highland Civic Association is taking the lead in renovating the station in partnership with the City of Atlanta, the Atlanta Fire and Rescue Department, and Surber Barber Choate + Hertlein Architects.  Firefest in the Park is a community event to help raise the needed dollars to preserve this beloved community treasure. 

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Marco’s Pizza, recently opened on N. Highland near Greenwood, is partnering with the Virginia-Highland Civic Association to throw a party for us all, which will feature great food, entertainment, and activities involving the crew at Fire Station #19. The event will include:

  • Free Slices of Pizza
  • Firefighter Challenges, including a Dunk Tank!
  • Fire Truck Display
  • Caricaturists and Balloon Artists
  • Live Music
  • Enter to Win Free Pizza for Five Years

In addition, there will be a pizza eating contest between Atlanta Firefighters and our Zone 6 police officers – come show your support and cheer on all competitors! Google Fiber is another partner host, and will provide a face painter and complimentary water.

We hope to see everyone at the park next Saturday to enjoy a fun afternoon and raise as much money as we can for the Fire Station #19 restoration project.