This week, staff writer Laura Rysz talks with Christine Powell about the takeout-only roast beef dinner benefiting Olyphant Hose Company 2.

Residence: Olyphant

Title: Olyphant Hose Company 2 fire chief and chairwoman of event

Q: How does the fundraiser work?

A: The takeout-only roast beef dinner is a $10 donation per meal. Tickets for the dinner are encouraged to be purchased ahead of time. Social distancing and masks are required and will be strongly enforced.

Q: What is included with dinner?

A: Includes roast beef, mashed potatoes, green beans, roll and dessert.

Q: How will proceeds be used?

A: The proceeds from this event will go toward the operating costs of the fire department; for example, equipment and upkeep.

Q: Why is community support crucial to this cause?

A: Fundraising has been very low due to the pandemic, and volunteer fire departments strongly rely on fundraisers in order to pay our operating expenses and keep up with our equipment maintenance.