BALTIMORE — For years Ravens games have drawn huge crowds to the Firefighters Union in Pigtown.
“We run one of the biggest tailgates in Baltimore. We’ve been doing it since the Ravens moved into M&T Bank Stadium,” said Rich Langford.
Langford is the Firefighters Union Local 734 President.
Because of the pandemic there were no tailgates, so they partnered with local businesses to create Firehouse at your house prize giveaway. In lieu of their usual fundraisers for the Widows and Orphans Fund.
“All the money raised from these tailgates go directly to helping our older members with a death benefit,” Langford said. “It also provides a once a year prescription benefit where they just send us a receipt and we write them a check for $50-$75.”
Part of that giveaway is original artwork from Lisa Penn with all proceeds going to the Widows and Orphans fund.
“I did a tribute painting for my dad who left us 20 years ago,” said Penn. “He was a Baltimore City Firefighter. I painted his fire engine as a tribute to him.”
His death sparked a spirit of giving for her creating custom artwork that she auctions off for the widows and Orphans fund.
“This year my donation is looking a little sad because I have been unable to sell as much of the artwork as I do because of the COVID restrictions.”
A hope for a win on Sunday and the continued support for the families of those we've lost. D’amore Personal Injury is matching all donations up to $500 each week.