Consider a Non-Profit Hall for Your Special Occasion
An American Legion, VFW and Firehall are excellent alternatives to the fancy banquet halls
When searching on the internet for banquet halls to hold your special occasion one will quickly find countless directories and
websites for the fancy expensive banquet halls. But information on the non-profit halls such as the American Legion Halls, VFWs,
and Firehalls is much harder to find. The cost of having your occasion in one of the non-profit halls is usually just a fraction
of the cost of the more expensive banquet halls. While the American Legions, VFWs and Firehalls provide the space to have your party, they do not provide the food.
You must hire your own caterer to bring in the food. Some nonprofit halls have kitchens that allow food to be warmed up, but not to be cooked.
These halls seem to be very much underused and underappreciated. This author, who has worked many years as a disc jockey,
has seen that the fun times in the non-profit halls is every bit as good as the upscale banquet halls.
And often a friend or relative is a member of the organization whose hall you are renting and he has the key so you probably
can keep the party going for additional time. No maître de with a staff on the time clock is going to kick you out.
But remember the cleanup crew in the non-profit halls is you and your guests. The halls have a policy that you leave the hall the way you found it.
When calling or emailing for information on these halls one should be patient and even willing to make a second call or second email.
The non-profit halls are staffed by volunteers who sometimes are busy and do not get back to you right away.
Below is a directory of some of the local non-profit halls. They are certainly worth a look if you are planning a special event.
American Legion - 77 Old York Road in Bridgewater
(908) 725-0711 usanag.dc@gmail.com
The cost to rent the American Legion hall in Bridgewater is $590 for 4 hours plus $75 extra for each hour.
(An hour to setup and cleanup is free.) Deposit is $200.
This includes the bartender and they will help setup and cleanup.
Maximum number of people: 95
Alcohol: You cannot bring your own alcohol. You must buy it from them.
It is a cash bar. They provide the bartender.
There is no kitchen.
Bradley Gardens Firehall - 24 Old York Road in Bridgewater
(908) 725-1250 hallrent@bgvfc.org
www.bgvfc.org
The cost to rent the Bradley Gardens Firehall is $600 for up to 6 hours total. Deposit is $200.
Maximum number of people: 185
Alcohol: You must bring your own alcohol, but you cannot sell it.
There is a Kitchen where food can be warmed up, but not cooked.
A refrigerator can be used as well as an ice machine.
Green Knoll Firehouse - North Bridge Street in Bridgewater
(908) 872-2785 hall-rental@gkfc.org
www.gkfc.org
The cost to rent the hall at the Green Knoll Firehouse is $495 for up to 6 hours total. An extra hour is $100. Deposit $250
Maximum number of people: 100
Alcohol: You must bring your own alcohol, but you cannot sell it.
There is a Kitchen where food can be warmed up, but not cooked.
A refrigerator can be used as well as an ice machine.
Finderne Rescue Squad - 476 Union Avenue in Bridgewater
(732) 469-5311 hallrentals@findernesquad.com
www.findernesquad.com
The cost to rent the hall at the Finderne Rescue Squad is $80 per hour. Deposit is $200.
They offer special deals for repeat “weekday” rentals.
Maximum number of people: 110
Alcohol: You must bring your own alcohol, but you cannot sell it.
There is no kitchen, but there is a refrigerator.
VFW Manville – 600 Washington Avenue in Manville
(908) 725-2290 jim.wisor@gmail.com
Cost: Call for pricing. It depends on the type of event and the organization that is renting the hall.
Alcohol: Depends – it will be discussed with the renter
Maximum number of people: 400. This is a very large room.
If a party is for a smaller number of people room dividers can be positioned so that the crowd all stays in close proximity.
There is a kitchen. The use of that can be discussed with the hall.
The hall has a separate restaurant type of section that is available to rent also. It can hold around 60 people.