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North Salem Ambulance Corps Set For Winter Gala

Attendees at last year's North Salem Volunteer Ambulance Corps fundraiser. This year's fundraiser is set for March 1.
Attendees at last year's North Salem Volunteer Ambulance Corps fundraiser. This year's fundraiser is set for March 1. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Suzanne Sandbank

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. -- North Salem residents are showing their support for the North Salem Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

The ambulance corps is hosting its annual winter gala at the Salem Golf Club on Saturday, March 1. This is the second year the ambulance corps is hosting the event.

The event, which sold out last year, will feature a live music from Andrea and the Armenian Rugriders, dancing, an auction and a raffle, along with a buffet.

The ambulance corps is hoping to raise $180,000, to purchase a new ambulance. 

"One of our ambulances is from 1988," Suzanne Sandbank said. "We are looking to replace it."

Sandbank, a realtor with Ginnell Real Estate, said the ambulance corps needs the town's support to make the new ambulance a reality.

"You want a new ambulance because of the technology," Sandbank said. "It is important tho have the new technologies that can assist in the event of an emergency."

Sandbank said the  corps volunteer 24-7, often giving up nights and weekends to help the community. 

"We are also instrumental in the Office of Emergency Management which sets up at the ambulance building during any power outage to assist with water, warmth, a place to shower or rest, to use your laptop, share a meal," Sandbank said. "There's a lot that the volunteers do that people in town may not be aware of."

Prior to the gala, the corp's only fundraiser was its annual tag sale.

"With the need for the new ambulance, we knew we needed to do something larger," Sandbank said. "We also wanted to create an annual event that will bring the town's people together.

"We are a great community, yet due to the nature of our town, without a community center, it's easy to lose touch with people, especially after the kids are out of school. This is a great annual party to see old friends and dance and share some good times together."

Sandbank said North Salem was a close-knit community with lots of great people who want to support out and help out.

"This is an opportunity for people to give back while having a great time in the process," Sandbank said.

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