Firefighters to serve up dinner at Chili’s to help local animal shelter Oct. 13

The Bristol Fire Union Local 773, in conjunction with Chili’s Bar & Grill in Bristol, will be presenting its annual Tip-A-Firefighter charity fundraiser on Thursday, Oct. 13. This year, Local #773 will be donating the proceeds to the Friends of the Bristol Animal Shelter.

Customers who would like to support the event may dine at Chili’s all day and if they have the event flyer, Chili’s will donate 10 percent of their check to the Friends. From 6 to 10 p.m., Bristol firefighters will be on the scene, serving as wait staff and bartenders alongside Chili’s regular staff. Any tips that the firefighters collect will also be donated. Raffle tickets for various door prizes and event t-shirts will also be available for purchase.

“Our firefighters look forward to this event each year,” stated Sean Lennon, President of the Local Fire Union 773 in a press release. “It’s a great way to give back to the community and we enjoy helping out local organizations. The Friends of the Bristol Animal Shelter recently earned its non-profit 501c3 status and we want to give them a lift as they begin fundraising to construct an outside recreation area for the dogs that are brought to the Pound.”

“We are excited for this event,” stated Trish Ulin, president of the Friends in a press release. “We have a great working relationship with the Bristol firefighters since Engine #4 is right across from the city pound, and we featured them in a calendar with some of the animals we were seeking to adopt out a couple of years ago.”

Scot Haney and Nicole Nalepa from Channel 3 are also set to appear at the event after 6:00pm.

In the last four years, the press release said, the Friends of the Bristol Animal Shelter have worked with the city’s Animal Control officers to pro-actively adopt out over 75 dogs. In addition, they have raised funds to groom, train, and vaccinate others dogs to improve their chances of finding a forever home. The group’s current goal is to renovate a large outside area adjacent to the Pound into a recreation area for the dogs to exercise and have some time outside of their cages.

“Recently the Art Squad started to paint an animal themed mural on the front of the pound, which will assist in identifying the building,” stated Lindsey Rivers, vice president of the Friends board in a press release. “That, combined with working with the Fire Union to jumpstart our fund raising, is really going to bring new life to this building and give dogs an opportunity to run and play.”

The Bristol FireFighters, I.A.F.F. Local 773, represents the 90 professional firefighters who work for the City of Bristol Fire Department. It is an affiliate of the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF Local 773), and is a member of the Uniformed Professional Firefighters Association of Connecticut. This is the seventh year that they have hosted a Tip-A-Firefighter event. Previous beneficiaries included the Fisher House, For Goodness Sake, McCabe-Waters and Girls Softball Little Leagues, and the Boys & Girls Club.

The Friends of the Bristol CT Animal Shelter is an approved 501(c)3 tax exempt non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of animals in need. Through public donations, it strives to improve living conditions for animals; arrange and help fund both Pound and feral animal neutering/spaying to reduce over-population, and as a result reduce the number of unwanted animals who face euthanasia; provide foster homes for animals waiting to be adopted and work with other rescue groups to get as many homeless animals into loving homes as possible.


If you would like to donate directly to the Friends of the Bristol Animal Shelter, mail tax-deductible donations to them at P.O. Box 1150 in Bristol, CT 06011-1150.