Bryan Caldwell, R(S) of the Clark Realty-Kona office is a retired Fire Captain of the Hawaii County Fire Department. Most of his career was spent as a paramedic on the primary ambulance in Kona. Read his full bio here.
This special event recognizes many of the Hawaii County Fire Department personnel who go above and beyond the call of duty and also raises money to purchase equipment so that they can do their job more safely.
The evening is a gala event that starts with silent auction at 4:30 pm and proceeds to the main ballroom for the dinner and the awards, then continues late into the night with live music, dancing and lots of fun.
I have been to every one of the previous twelve Awards Ceremonies and over time I have developed some observations:
First, you really want to get there early, and I’m not talking just about checking in if you have a room, but getting to that silent auction early. I run into many old friends at this event and it’s an opportunity to enjoy cocktails and catch up on old times.
But the main reason to get to the silent auction early is so you can look for the items of greatest interest to you: jewelry, koa pieces, resort stays, golf packages, travel packages, clothing, massages, coffee, antiques, art work, the list goes on. The room will get crowded as the evening progresses, so arriving early makes it easier to bid, socialize and circulate. You also will want to use the early arrival to find a good table in the ballroom (marking it with your reservation name tag).
I also enjoy taking time to look at the pictures from all of the previous events, seeing photos of previous award winners as well as photos of old chiefs, mayors, Council members, state House and Senate members. Many of these people will be there, so you can see what they looked like then, as compared to now.
Read Danny’s Story and explore the Daniel R. Sayer Foundation website, where you can view the list of past recipients and learn how to donate. Funds raised this year will go toward the purchase of jet skis for water rescue, night vision optics for helicopter pilots, rescue boat electronics and radar and other items essential to Fire, Emergency and Rescue personnel. If you would like to attend this year’s event, please RSVP here.