The Knoxville Police Department and Knoxville Fire Department played a flag football game as guests of the Knoxville Nighthawks Indoor Arena Football Team in another battle between the "Guns and Hoses." The Police Department won the hard fought game and the Foundation received recognition at half time. Our thanks to the Nighthawks for their support.
Cinco de Mayo
Salsarita`s Restaurants of Knoxville hosted a fundraiser for the Foundation on Cinco De Mayo resulting in a $600.36 donation. The featured event was a Taco eating contest between the UTPD, KFD, KPD and Knox County SO. Sergeant Jeff Holmes of the KPD was the clear winner and a good time was had by all. All of the departments provided vehicles, motorcycles and other exhibits for the kids and customers of Salsarita`s. We sincerely appreciate Event Coordinator Tiffanie Halouma of Salsarita`s for her cooperation.
Schools CTE Support
The Knox County Schools Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department and their representative Buck Coatney, sponsored a car show at the Tennessee Valley Fairgrounds where a static display of public safety vehicles and personnel appeared. The CTE donated $400 to the Foundation from the show. This is another example of the cooperation between the schools and public safety. A tremendous thank you to Buck Coatney.
The Irish Times Pub & Restaurant
On September 30, The Irish Times Pub & Restaurant in Turkey Creek acted as the host and coordinator for an outdoor stage show featuring several bands where the Knoxville Public Safety Foundation was the honored recipient. The men and women of the public safety community of Knoxville and Knox County are most appreciative of owner Jon Ferrie and his staff.
Turkish Cultural Center
The Knoxville Turkish Cultural Center held a "food fair" on October 6, 2013 to benefit the Knoxville Public Safety Foundation. There were activities for the children and the food and hospitable atmosphere were incredible. The Knoxville Fire Department provided a Fire Truck for the event and other Foundation core agencies were present as well. KPD Chief David Rausch accepted a donation from the Center representing the net proceeds from the fair. All of Knoxville`s Public Safety Officers appreciate the Cultural Center and those who coordinated this event.
The Knox Youth Sports, Inc. program hosted a youth baseball tournament at Lakeshore Park over the July 12, 2014 weekend with the tournament beneficiary being the Knoxville Public Safety Foundation. The net proceeds totaled $6,163.00. The weather was good and the spirit and enthusiasm of all participants was exceptional. Our thanks go to Chris Whitfield, Matt Peters and others who coordinated the event. We are already looking forward to next year.
I was faced with a family emergency where my father was very ill and in ICU overseas and his health was quickly deteriorating. I wanted to be with him in view of his situation. The overseas airfare had to be purchased on short notice. My wife was 8 ? months pregnant with our second child. As my return date was nearing from being overseas, I stayed in constant contact with my wife who was due to have our baby any moment. I realized my family would be faced with some serious financial struggles but attending to all members of my family was extremely important to me. Upon my return home at 10 AM, my wife and I were headed to the hospital around 8:00 PM that same day for the birth of our child. The Knoxville Police Department presented my situation to the Knoxville Public Safety Foundation (KPSF) and with their help, I was able to pay off most of the expenses associated with the overseas visit with my father and the birth of our child. The balance of the expenses was put on a monthly payment plan and I have paid that off. If it wasn?t for the KPSF we would have had a long-term and difficult debt. My family and I are very thankful for the KPSF.
I am writing to thank you personally for the help my family received from your organization following the recent tragedy of losing a child we suffered. I joined the organization as I had many others in my 30 year Law Enforcement career hoping that my involvement would help others in need. I never expected to ever need help myself. That all changed when our family suffered the tragic loss of one of our children. I still cannot put into words the grief and hopelessness we experienced. While most of the time that has followed is still almost indescribable, two things have carried our family through. First of all God?s grace to help ease the grief on our hearts. Second was the support from our family and friends of which your organization played a large part. Shortly after our loss your organization began work even without our knowledge to help in any way possible. As I would imagine in most cases involving a young person, life insurance is not something one plans for. During a time when a family is dealing with a tragedy such as this you don?t even think about the financial aspect of the loss. In our case even after we said we were OK which was an answer formed mainly from grief, your organization along with family and friends continued to work to help with the financial burden of the tragedy. Believe me when I tell you that help made the journey easier to make that week and in the weeks that followed as you lifted the material burden from the family and let us focus on our personal loss to move forward with our lives. For those reasons on behalf of my wife and our other son, I want to thank you for being there for us when we needed you the most, even if we did not know it at the time. I also want to pledge my continued support of an organization that is truly there for the sole purpose of helping its members through times of need. This is by far the most worthwhile professional organization I have ever had the honor to be involved with in my career. Humbly, Gratefully and with Admiration