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Business gives away free pizzas for a year to help send police officers back to school

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A local business is giving away free pizzas for a year so some Boiling Spring Lakes police officers can go back to school. A local business is giving away free pizzas for a year so some Boiling Spring Lakes police officers can go back to school.

BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WECT) – A local pizza shop owner is raising dough for the Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department.

The Pepperoni Grill is celebrating its fifth year in business and owner Ian Hunting has decided to give back to his community.

Hunting will be giving away 52 pizza pies to one lucky person, but the winnings won't end there.

The money raised during this raffle giveaway will be used toward a scholarship in honor of James "Mitch" Prince.

Prince was a Boiling Spring Lakes officer who died in the line of duty back in 2005.

All the proceeds will be used to help send officers in the department back to school.

"In the last five years, I found that working with the community there's a give and take to make a business successful and by helping out the community," Hunting said. "They've helped me and it's the right thing to do."

A still-struggling economy has kept a number of the officers from going back to school.

Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Brad Shirley said his department is very lucky to be a part of a fundraiser like this one.

"It's a benefit for them down the road with their careers," he said. Shirley said officers will have more options when it comes to retirement.

Shirley said because of this raffle, his officers will be able to go back to school to finish their degrees or earn a new one.

Shirley and Hunting both said this fundraiser was a team effort in the community.

Hunting said the citizens of BSL have made his business what it is today and it only made sense to give back to the department and people.

"I'm just doing my part," he said. "They help protect the store and support the store so it just seemed like the right thing to do."

The five year celebration party is set for Friday at 5 pm.

Hunting said there will be food and drink specials as well as some giveaways.

Raffle tickets are $5 and the winner of the raffle will get one pizza a week with the toppings of their choice for a year.

You must be present to win, according to Hunting and the drawing is set for 6:30 pm.

Anyone and everyone is welcome to enter the raffle, but the delivery of the pizza is restricted to the city limits. If you live outside of city limits, you must pick up the pizza.

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