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Pizza & Prevention breaks another record: $33,128.13

November 19, 2011

Bob Long (second from left), manager of Fox’s Pizza Den in Punxsutawney, presents a check for $33,128.13 to members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department at its department meeting Thursday. Pictured are (from left) Paul Pape, department treasurer; Long; Tami McFarland, department vice-president; and John Cochran, a member of the department’s Pizza & Prevention Committee. (Photo by Larry McGuire/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Pizza & Prevention, sponsored by Fox’s Pizza Den, once again set another record for single-day fund-raisers this year.

Oct. 1, Fox’s sold “Big Daddy Pizzas” for $9.11 in commemoration of the 9/11 attacks and first responders. Coupons were also sold for customers to purchase pizzas in the future at the $9.11 price.

Thursday, Fox’s Manager Bob Long presented a check for $33,128.13 to members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department at their department meeting.
Department Assistant Chief Scott Depp said $153.19 of the total was collected through a cross-promotion held by Neko’s Restaurant in Elk Run.
Fox’s owner Scott Anthony said his pizza shop sold 3,444 Big Daddy Pizzas, a record-breaker, which is 12 percent more than last year, which also was a record-breaker at 3,072.

“In pizza sales alone, that is nearly $31,000 for the fire department,” he said. “This was the 10th straight year for the fund-raiser which raised $6,000 10 years ago during a shortened schedule.”

He thanked 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 effort.

Certificates for residents who didn’t have smoke detectors, along with new batteries for detectors that weren’t functioning, were also handed out during the pizza deliveries by firefighters.

The smoke detectors were courtesy of Matt Kengersky of Nationwide Insurance-The Kengersky Agency, and Wal-Mart donated nine-volt batteries for the smoke detectors.

Anthony said that the popular fund-raiser has been documented in several pizza trade publications and copied by other pizza restaurants in other parts of the United States.

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