Paducah Fire Station No. 1 is holding a Firehouse Chili fundraising event Friday to benefit the United Way of Paducah-McCracken County. People can come to the station at 301 Washington St. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to purchase chili, chili pie, chili dogs or hot dogs cooked by firefighters.

People can enjoy lunch at one of the many tables set up in the fire station's heated bays or bring it back to the home or office.

"The United Way is an outstanding organization with the goals of improving the quality of life and opportunity in our community," Assistant Fire Chief David Denton said. "It is an honor for the Paducah Fire Department to team up with the United Way and host Firehouse Chili. We invite everyone to join us Nov. 15 for some good food, fellowship and the opportunity to give back to the community."

Assistant City Clerk Claudia Meeks helps coordinate the lunch.

"Midtown Market provides the meat to make the chili, and Pepsi MidAmerica donates all the drinks," she said. "City staff and commissioners donate money to purchase supplies. This generosity enables 100% of the proceeds to benefit the United Way.

"Last year, Firehouse Chili raised $1,236. We would like to surpass that amount to assist the United Way in helping meet the community's needs."

Annually, Paducah city employees raise about $10,000 for the United Way through fundraising events such as Firehouse Chili and employee contributions out of paychecks.

The Firehouse Chili menu consists of a bowl of chili for $5, chili pie (chili, Fritos and cheese) for $5, chili dog for $5, hot dog for $2, a beverage for $1 and dessert for $1.

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