A day-long benefit concert with more than 30 bands at Looney's Pub drew a renewed outburst of support for the families of fallen Harford County Sheriff's Office deputies, Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey and DFC Mark Logsdon.
People packed the Bel Air pub throughout the day Sunday for the Fallen Heroes Benefit Concert from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., an outpouring that Looney's owner Bill Larney called "incredible."
Thirty bands volunteered to play at the event, but "I could have had 100," Larney said. "We had to turn people away."
The event featured two outdoor tents and three stages full of music, as well as silent auctions, raffles and children's events. A $20 entrance fee was charged and the proceeds go to the Sheriff's Office Benevolent Fund, which has been supporting the families of Senior Deputy Dailey and DFC Logsdon, who were killed Feb. 10 in a shooting in Abingdon.
Larney declined Monday to reveal how much money was ultimately raised toward the Sheriff's Office, explaining the pub expects to make a presentation of the funds later this week.
The owner of the pub, which expanded nearly 10 years ago to become a major downtown destination in Bel Air, said he was very happy, but not surprised, by the number of people who came to support the Sheriff's Office.
Larney noted officers from as far as Texas and New York, who had attended the deputies' funerals, returned for the benefit concert.
"I knew the community wanted something like this and I knew they would support it," he said.
Larney posted a long, heartfelt statement on Looney's Facebook page thanking the volunteers, community and "the greatest staff on the planet."
"Only one word could come to mind. Incredible!" he said of the event, calling it bigger than St. Patrick's Day for the pub.
"I think we have shown to all our first responders that we are forever grateful and will always have their backs. Because there's never a question that they always have ours," Larney wrote in the post. "To the families of our fallen heroes, hopefully today brought a sliver [of] happiness seeing the true character of your neighbors ... I am truly proud to be part of this community and again thank all of you."