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Chicken barbecue fundraiser was ‘just awesome,’ Madtes says

New Tripoli Fire Company, 7242 Decatur St., New Tripoli had a drive-through chicken barbecue fundraiser in the parking lot July 24.

“Awesome is all I can say,” chicken dinner coordinator Sid Madtes said. “Just awesome.”

He was impressed not just by the amount of dinners sold but also by how quickly the community came to pick up the meals.

“We sold 650 dinners,” he said. “We started at 4 p.m. and we’ll be finished distributing all 650 before 6 p.m.”

In comparison, he said for the Father’s Day chicken barbecue dinner sale, they sold 500 and all were distributed in about 45 minutes.

Deputy Fire Chief Gary Kuntz stopped the vehicles, took tickets and called out to the volunteers packing up the dinners how many to make for each drive-through customer.

“The two things that made this an incredible event were that we had online ticket sales and that the drive-through is outside,” Madtes said.

For $9, patrons received a dinner of half a Kauffman’s barbecued chicken, baked Idaho potato, and container of gourmet coleslaw.

Those who prepaid for the dinners received a free bottle of water per ticket.

PRESS PHOTOS BY BERNADETTE SUKLEY New Tripoli Fire Company Deputy Fire Chief Gary Kuntz greets customers July 24 at the chicken barbecue drive-through fundraiser at the fire company.
Dave Diehl puts the finishing touches on a meal before Harper Schantz gives it to the customer during the drive-through chicken barbecue fundraiser at the New Tripoli Fire Company.
PRESS PHOTOS BY BERNADETTE SUKLEY Happy customers, Janice Pitkin and Mary Zartler are ready to pickup their chicken barbecue dinner July 24 at the New Tripoli Fire Company.
New Tripoli Fire Company member and volunteer Derek Dorney guides cars to and from the drive-through chicken barbecue fundraiser.
Jamie Schantz and Angie Dalrymple assemble Kauffman's chicken barbecue dinners for the rush July 24 at the New Tripoli Fire Company.