Looney's donates $140,000 to benevolent fund for fallen deputies, as money raised keeps growing

The fund is set up to assist public safety officers and their families if an officer is injured or killed in t

During its daylong benefit concert April 10, Looney's Pub of Bel Air raised $140,000 that was presented Monday to the Harford County Sheriff's Office and the Harford County Deputy Sheriff Benevolent Fund.

"We continue to feel the love!" the sheriff's office wrote on its Facebook page. "Thank you to Looney's Pub in Bel Air and to all the people who came to the event to support our fallen heroes, Pat and Mark. We were truly humbled to learn that the event raised more than $140,000 for the benevolent fund."

The money will be given to the families of Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey and Deputy First Class Mark Logsdon, who were shot and killed in the line of duty Feb. 10 in Abingdon.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised for both families in the months since the fatal shootings.

Looney's held a Fallen Heroes Benefit Concert, featuring more than two dozen bands that played on three stages. There were also silent auctions, raffles and children's activities.

On Monday, owner Bill Larney wrote on Looney's Facebook page: "I am very proud to announce that we raised...$140,000 for our fallen heroes families. Unbelievable and outstanding show of love and support. As I have said and it's worth repeating. This is what happens when a community comes together as one. I'm very proud."

All funds collected for the Benevolent Fund since Feb. 10 have been reserved for the Dailey and Logsdon families.

Fred Visnaw, president of the Harford County Deputy Sheriff's Union, thanked Larney for his efforts to raise as much money as possible through the concert, with all food, drinks and supplies being donated.

"Everything consumed that day had been donated," he said. "From the tents that were on the lot, the drinks that were consumed, to the food that was eaten, everything that exchanged hands that day went to the fund."

Visnaw estimated Tuesday that "hundreds of thousands" of dollars have been collected in the past two months through a multitude of community fundraising efforts.

Major donations have come through businesses operating in Harford County, such as Klein's Shop Rite, Redner's Warehouse Markets and the Wawa convenience store chain.

A fundraising page has been set up online at GoFundMe for individual donations for the families. Nearly $185,000 had been raised as of Tuesday afternoon.

Visnaw, his board of directors and Bel Air lawyer Joseph Snee, who has been assisting with legal matters related to the donations, will meet in the coming weeks to determine the best way to distribute the money to both families.

"Harford County has responded to the tragedy, and a lot of money has been raised," said Snee, who also helped the union with legal matters related to setting up the Benevolent Fund about nine years ago.

The fund is set up to assist public safety officers and their families if an officer is injured or killed in the line of duty.

Visnaw said the funds collected for the Dailey and Logsdon families will be distributed in whatever manner those families want.

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