"That $1.2 million represents a lot of hard work on our part, a lot of hard work on everyone else's part, it helps us and again it represents us caring about the community," said John Murray, IAFF Local 1605 Foundation president.
The IAFF Local 1605 Foundation puts on the Bonanza Extravaganza : it's a two-day raffle event full of games and prizes ranging from $100 to $100,000 and brand new cars.
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The Foundation is also giving awards to programs who promote fire safety, like the Boy Scouts Troop 23, Band Boosters, Project Lifesaver, Hagerstown Area PAL and others. Firefighters say it takes a special person to run these charities, just like it takes to put out a fire.
"Short answer is, it just takes a different breed: it takes somebody that's not afraid to admit when they're wrong and not afraid to learn from their mistakes," said Craig Dofflemyer, Hagerstown Professional Firefighter.
The Extravaganza Bonanza takes place Mother's Day weekend and they're already prepping for next year. To keep up-to-date with the event and Foundation information, see their website.