Dress Blue

A Blue Tie/Blue Dress Event

Capital Turnaround | 700 M Street SE Washington DC 20003
May 6, 2023 | 8pm-12am | Cost: $100
Includes signature cocktail open bar & passed appetizers.

Beyond their field work attire, firefighters appear in public in one of two dress uniform styles, Class A and Class B. The Class A uniform is often referred to as the “dress blue” uniform and worn on special occasion or formal events.

Presented by Food on the Stove, Dress Blue is a celebratory event to highlight the hard work and dedication of firefighters and emergency services personnel, giving some of our nation’s bravest heroes a platform to share their stories of service and sacrifice. This in-person cocktail style event combines thought provoking leadership discussions and networking opportunities.

Join us for a night of celebration as we honor the men and women of the fire service. Those in attendance will leave inspired after a night of networking and listening to moderated conversations from leaders in the fire service.

Chris Styles


Wes Hall

Host & Moderator


Live Band Performance


3 years ago, on the anniversary of the line of duty death of Lt. Kevin McRae, Food on the Stove honored the life and sacrifice of Lt. McRae by unveiling a $60,000.00 memorial gym renovation at the quarters of Engine Co. 6 where he was last served.

This year, on the anniversary date (May 6th), Food on the Stove plans to honor the life and legacy of Lt. McRae by giving the first Lt. Kevin McRae Leadership Award to a firefighter who exhibits leadership qualities through character, courage, and discipline.

This year’s recipient of the Lt. Kevin McRae Leadership Award is Da’Von McRae. Da'Von will receive his award at our annual Dress Blue event.

Serving those who serve us

5 years ago, God gave Jonathan Tate a vision to serve firefighters by way of Food on the Stove, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides tools and resources to help firefighters live a healthier lifestyle through enhance nutrition and exercise. Find out how he is making an impact by serving those who serve us.

Blazing Trails

The fire service is a family, but what is a family without women? Women’s presence in the fire service date back to the 1800s, and while the number of women firefighters are increasing, they still only make up 5% of the workforce. Find out what made these women want to be firefighters, their experience in a male dominated occupation, and what they are doing to encourage more women to join the profession.

Assistant Fire Chief Queen Anunay

DC Fire & EMS


Deputy Fire Chief Tiffanye S. Wesley

Arlington County Fire

Captain Kaandra Herman

Alexandria Fire Department

Lieutenant Lauren Foreman

Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department

Firefighter Tamika Mitchell

DC Fire & EMS

Monique Collier

DC Fire & EMS

The road of resilience

On May 30, 1999, Joe Morgan and Lysa Phillips’ life would be changed forever. While responding to the fire call, Joe Morgan was burned on 65% of his body and given a 5% chance to live. Lysa Phillips lost her husband, Firefighter Anthony Phillips, in that same fire. Listen to their story of resilience and how this fire tragedy changed the course of their life.


Lysa Philips

Entrepreneur & Author, He Answered the Call

Lieutenant Joe Morgan

DC Fire & EMS (Retired)

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