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Bonanza Extravaganza organizers dole out more than $100,000

July 30, 2013|By DAVE MCMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • Kathy Bartels, deputy chief of Rehab 255 of Washington County, shakes hands with Bonanza Extravaganza treasurer Glenn Fuscsick, who presented her with a check for $3,500 on Tuesday evening.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Organizers of the 2013 Bonanza Extravaganza on Tuesday night doled out more than $100,000 from the annual fundraiser that has provided more than $1.2 million to organizations since its inception eight years ago.

The event, which features the raffling of automobiles, motorcycles and other prizes, raises money for local charitable organizations.

Much of the money raised from the event organized by the International Association of Firefighters Local 1605 Foundation goes to volunteer fire companies in the county.

This year’s event was held in May at the Hagerstown Speedway.

 Residents and representatives of organizations that received money crowded onto the mezzanine level of Bulls & Bears restaurant on South Potomac Street in Hagerstown Tuesday night to witness the distribution of funds.

  “We’re just thankful we’ve gotten this much support for the event,” said John “Victor” Murray, president of the foundation.

  Murray said it costs the foundation about $1.3 million to run each extravaganza.

  The award recipients included DC Generals Fire and Police Football Club, $750; Boy Scout Troop 23, $1,000; Project Lifesaver, $1,250; Clear Spring Band Boosters, $1,500; Penn State Student Firefighters Association, $1,750; Clear Spring Ambulance Club, $3,500; Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Co., $3,500; Washington County Emergency Rehab, $3,500; West End Fire and Rescue Co., $3,500; First Hose Co. of Boonsboro, $3,500; First Hose Co. of Boonsboro, $3,500; Leitersburg Volunteer Fire Co., $3,500; Longmeadow Volunteer Fire Co., $3,500; Mt. Aetna Volunteer Fire Co., $3,500; Community Rescue Service, $3,600; Hancock Volunteer Fire Co., $5,500; Smithsburg EMS, $5,500; Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co., $7,000; SHHS Rebel Touchdown Club, $7,000; Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Co., $13,500; Maugansville Goodwill Volunteer Fire Co., $13,500; Williamsport Volunteer Fire & EMS, $13,500; IAFF Local 1813 Chambersburg, $8,000; Martinsburg Fire Fighters Local 805, $10,000; and Letterkenny Local F170,  $11,000.

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