PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Wing Bowl 19 may be a week away, but that didn’t stop some local gas works employees, firemen, and police from feasting for a good cause on Friday night.

Super Squib, The Black Widow, Kobayashi? None of them were in sight at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge, as the FOP hosted their annual Wing Bowl. And while every contestant had their own motivation, this year’s feast had an added bonus, as proceeds were being donated to the Philadelphia Gas Works employees injured in an explosion January 19th.

The event also benefits the family of 19-year-old Mark Keeley, who died in the blast. President of the FOP, John McNebsy says events like the Wing Bowl are helpful for Keeley’s co-workers and friends, “Any boost that we can give them, anything we can do. I mean, we know first hand unfortunately what we’ve been through the past couple of years, and they were there for us.”

McNesby says the recent Cardinal Dougherty grad wouldn’t want people dwelling on the tragedy, “He wouldn’t want that. He would want the party to continue. So just raise a glass.”

Reported by Dan Wing, KYW Newsradio 1060

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