Community organizations throughout Coterra’s footprint are often the lifeblood of their regions, and just recently, employees in the Geary, Oklahoma, office had the opportunity to support the long-standing annual fundraiser for their local Calumet VFD. More than 250 people attended the May 21 event, including many Coterra employees, community leaders, and local rural farmers.

For more than a decade, volunteers have been frying fish and raising money to support the continued operations of their department. Coterra has been a proud supporter of the annual Calumet VFD Fish Fry for five years and employees look forward to attending each year. 

Calumet VFD Fire Chief, Terry Brungardt, was pleased to report that the event raised more than $23,000 to bolster the yearly costs to keep the department running smoothly. This year’s funds are earmarked for new pumps, nozzles, hoses, and other general repairs at the station to help ensure the continued safety of the community.

In a recent interview, Terry shared that the community really comes together to support the department in times of need. As the one and only annual fundraiser, the community rises to the occasion each year to support the department. With monetary donations, generous supply donations from a local grocery store, and competitive auction bids…the community comes together to make the fish fry a success!

When asked about his favorite memory, Terry recalled the annual raffle drawing and laughed as he shared the story of a little girl tasked with pulling the winning ticket. It is no doubt that fun was had by all in attendance and that the event was a smashing success to support the community.