Monday, August 21, 2017

Police, first responders honored at Naples benefit event


Hundreds packed into Cosmos Cafe & Pizzeria to show support for Collier County law enforcement and emergency personnel.

Parents shook hands and thanked officers while children climbed into police vehicles and to take pictures and try out sirens.

This is the second year that the fundraising event, which benefits the Collier County 100 Club, has been held at the Naples pizza parlor. The charity offers financial assistance for law enforcement, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel and their families after a tragedy. According to Pat O’Connor, Vice President to the Collier chapter, the organization often delivers assistance within 24 hours after being notified of the need and in some cases has provided up to $15,000 to those in need.

Tables full of an assortment of different pizzas were provided to all that attended. A donation of $10 was suggested with law enforcement and first responders eating free.

O’Connor said that he expected around one thousand individuals to participate by the end of two hour event and planned on exceeding the $10,000 fundraising goal that was set for the event. He said it was important to show area police and emergency personnel that they had a community that appreciated their service.

“It’s a nice way to show support for everyone here who takes care of use. We got their backs, and they need to know that,” O’Connor said.

Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk said that he and his deputies felt very lucky to work in a community that so regularly showed its support for law enforcement and first responders.

“It’s very nice to live in a community that has this kind of support,” said Rambosk. “This event tonight is one of 25 in the last 12 months that have been started by the public and invited us. Our members are very happy and honored by the public.”

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