BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Buffalo's Groundhog Day was started a few years ago by a group of Buffalo men who wanted to bring what Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, does to Buffalo.

This year, they partnered with Flying Bison among many other sponsors and had the event at the brewery.
Around 1:00 p.m., a costumed groundhog popped out of hibernation to make his prediction. Buffalo Mack, as they named him, called for six more weeks of winter.

“We just want people out of their houses, having a good time, being around each other, and you know, also donating to a good cause,” said Adam Hernandez, who was instrumental in putting the event together. “So this is great, this has been fantastic and better than I could have ever imagined, I think better than any of us could have ever imagined.”

Buffalo Groundhog Day is a fundraiser for the Buffalo Zoo.

The Groundhog Day Inner Circle group wanted to raise awareness for Buffalo and get more people to visit the third oldest zoo in the country. In its inaugural year, they raised just $200. This year they're expecting a lot more, and they expect the event to grow in the future.