This would have been the 60th annual fireman’s ball in Gearhart, but like the 59th, it will be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The fundraiser is highlighted by gaming, live music and dancing.

The ball raises funds for necessary equipment for the fire department.

“Unfortunately the Volunteer Fire Association has decided that the May firefighters ball will be a little bit too early because of COVID,” City Administrator Chad Sweet said at last Wednesday’s City Council meeting.

“We don’t have a clue what state restrictions on COVID are going to be,” Fire Chief Bill Eddy said. “There’s too much money to getting the process going to be able to the plug on it.”

Between donations, clothing sales, the actual fundraiser and the Gearhart Golf Links Tournament generate between $17,000 to $20,000.

Residents and supporters can make donations online or purchase sweatshirts, T-shirts and other merchandise at the Gearhart fire hall.

“They’re still doing everything other than the fundraiser itself,” Eddy said.

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