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Stratford substation sets sail with enticing Titanic fundraiser

Posted on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 10:50 am

Stratford Hall/Harbour Fire Substation held a Titanic-inspired fundraiser on April 1. Photo courtesy of Westmoreland County Museum Facebook Page.

Guest enjoy an enchanting evening aboard the Titanic

The Stratford Hall/Harbour Fire Substation fund-raising committee put on a very entertaining and successful fundraiser on Saturday April 1. The group raised over $7,000 to help purchase equipment for the substation.
Lorraine Horbaly and Diane Waltrip, co-owners of Two Crazy Ladies Catering led a team of 18 volunteers to recreate the first class dinner served on the Titanic on the final night of it’s voyage at the Stratford Harbour Club House.
A sold out crowd of sixty guests, many in period dress, were greeted by the Titanic’s Captain Smith and enjoyed a champagne reception. Guests were led into the dining room, decorated as the Titanic’s First Class Dining Saloon.
Horbaly said, “Diners were treated to 8 courses that were served on the Titanic that fateful night, each course paired with wine. Between courses reenactors told the stories of the people who were on the ship. It was truly an evening of enchantment enjoyed by all!”
The committee of four including Paul Rothenburg, Tom Crimmins, Lorraine Horbaly and Jane Hackemeyer, have been raising funds for the Stratford Fire Substation since 2014. The project began over 10 years ago with Bill Pharo and John Felt who began raising money because the closest fire departments are in Montross and Oak Grove. Without a substation, response times for Statford Hall can be as long as 35 minutes.
To date $186,000 has been raised for the building, and the County has advertised for construction bids. The group is now raising $50,000 for equipment.

Read more in this week’s edition of the Westmoreland News.