PLAY­ING IT FOR­WARD

DaVinci’s Pub host­ing golf out­ing to ben­e­fit fire­fight­ers

The Phoenix - - FRONT PAGE - By Gil Co­hen For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

The fire that threat­ened to de­stroy the 167-yearold home of DaVinci’s Pub in Col­legeville was ex­tin­guished, but what im­pressed op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor David Finch most was the pro­fes­sion­al­ism demon­strated by vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers who re­sponded to the near-catas­tro­phe.

“I am so happy for the quick re­sponse of the fire­fight­ers and grate­ful that they made sure that noth­ing more se­ri­ous oc­curred in the restau­rant,” said Finch.

Staff mem­bers of the restau­rant were in the midst of clear­ing away dishes and clean­ing ta­bles from the lunch crowd when the acrid odor of smoke wafted through the din­ing room one day in the sum­mer of 2016. A staff mem­ber looked out a win­dow and saw a mulch fire erupt­ing at the base of the restau­rant’s front porch and spread­ing to an up­right post lead­ing to the sec­ond floor. A 9-1-1 call sum­moned fire­fight­ers from Col­legeville Fire Co. No. 1, Trappe Fire Co., No. 1 and Lower Prov- idence Town­ship Vol­un­teer Fire Co. In the mean­time, staff mem­bers grabbed cans of wa­ter to douse the fire. Al­though the blaze was quickly ex­tin­guished, fire­fight­ers -- well aware of the struc­ture’s age -- took ex­tra pre­cau­tions to en­sure there was no fire ex­ten­sion to other parts of the build­ing. Thanks in large part to the fire­fight­ers’ rapid re­sponse, the restau­rant was closed for only two hours and re-opened for din­ner that evening.

Finch, a for­mer fire­fighter with the Cherry Hill (NJ) Fire De­part­ment, knows that vol­un­teer fire com­pa­nies are al­ways strapped for funds and rely heav­ily on the com­mu­nity for fi­nan­cial sup­port. Re­cently, he learned that the Col­legeville Fire Co. had launched a cap­i­tal cam­paign to fi­nance a new fire sta­tion to re­place the ex­ist­ing 59-year-old build­ing on 5th Av­enue.

In ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the ef­fort made by Col­legeville FC and neigh­bor­ing fire com­pa­nies in fight­ing last year‘s fire, DaVinci’s Pub is con­tribut­ing to the drive by host­ing its first an­nual golf out­ing this Mon­day, Sept. 11,

The even­twill take­place on the greens of Tur­tle Creek Golf Club in Lim­er­ick Town­ship. “I was look­ing at the cal­en­dar for an ap­pro-

pri­ate date to host the event and thought “wouldn’t it be good to have it on 9-11 day?” re­called Finch. “It’s a day to praise, sup­port and honor fire­fight­ers who rou­tinely risk their lives to save you and your prop­erty.”

The golf event will start at noon with a lunch at Tur­tle Creek and will con­clude around 4 p.m. Af­ter par­tic­i­pants have played the 18hole round, they will re­turn to DaVinci’s for a din--

ner buf­fet. Dur­ing din­ner, prizes will be awarded in var­i­ous golf­ing cat­e­gories and to win­ners of a 50-50 and raf­fle draw­ing. Pro­ceeds from spon­sor­ship holes, en­trance fees, the 50-50 and raf­fles draw­ings will be do­nated to the Col­legeville FC. Par­tic­i­pa­tion in the event will cost $90, which in­cludes lunch, cart and green fees and the buf­fet din­ner.

For in­for­ma­tion or to sign up for the event, con­tact David Finch or Gra­ham Crouse at 610-8311955 or Email davin­cis­pub@gmail.com

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