PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Pizza & Prevention, sponsored by Foxâ€™s Pizza Den, once again set another record for single-day fund-raisers this year.
Oct. 1, Foxâ€™s sold â€śBig Daddy Pizzasâ€ť 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, Foxâ€™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 Nekoâ€™s Restaurant in Elk Run.
Foxâ€™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.
â€śIn pizza sales alone, that is nearly $31,000 for the fire department,â€ť he said. â€śThis was the 10th straight year for the fund-raiser which raised $6,000 10 years ago during a shortened schedule.â€ť
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 didnâ€™t have smoke detectors, along with new batteries for detectors that werenâ€™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.