PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Once again, it was another successful year for Fox's Pizza Den's "Pizza and Prevention" fund-raiser, as more than $31,000 was raised for the Punxsutawney Fire Department Saturday.
Despite the rainy weather, the locally owned Punxsutawney pizza shop sold 3,444 Big Daddy Pizzas â€” a record breaker â€” 12 percent more than last year, which also broke records with sales of 3,072 pizzas, said Scott Anthony, owner of Fox's in Punxsy.
"In pizza sales alone that is nearly $31,000 for the fire department," Anthony said, adding that tips, donations and cross promotions with other businesses are not yet tallied.
This was the 10th straight year for "Pizza and Prevention" which raised $6,000 10 years ago during a shortened schedule.
Anthony thanked the customers for their support of the fire department and the firefighters and the families of the Central Fire Department, Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company and Lindsey Fire Company for delivering, baking pizzas and taking orders over the phone for the annual fundraiser.
Certificates for residents who didn't have smoke detectors were also handed out during the pizza deliveries by firefighters along with new batteries for detectors that weren't functioning.
The smoke detectors were courtesy of Matt Kengersky Nationwide Insurance and Walmart donated the nine volt batteries to Pizza and Prevention.
Along with actual pizzas, many coupons were sold for people to purchase pizzas in the future at the reduced price of $9.11.
The Punxsutawney Salvation Army canteen truck provided refreshments throughout the day for the volunteers and employees of Fox's.