Open Letter to Bethel Park about the Food Drive & Adopt A Family programs:
by Officer Tom Rigatti
On behalf of the Bethel Park Police Department I would like to publicly thank everyone who supported the Police Pals Food Drive as well as the Police Pals Adopt -A- Family Project. Both programs were very successful this past year and we were able to help a many families in Bethel Park. The generosity shown was tremendous, and it further exemplifies the kind of community Bethel Park is, “A truly generous, caring, and close community”. I am proud to be a part of the Bethel Park community, as well as a member of the Bethel Park Police Department.
The food drive was very different this year in a good way! The Bethel Park Fire Department as well as Tri Community South EMS assisted in collecting monetary donations as well as food donations, resulting in $5000 raised and 124 well packed boxes of food. Numerous volunteers also got involved this year in the collections and their efforts did not go unnoticed. We had grade school students, middle school students, high school students, young adults and senior citizens working together for one common goal: to help families in need in our own community. The result was 257 boxes of food distributed as well as 6 ½ truck loads of food donated to South Hills Interfaith Ministry! It is impossible to name every individual that assisted in this effort, but just know your time and efforts were deeply appreciated. I want to thank 2 Men and a Truck on Valley Drive for donating the collection boxes as well as the distribution boxes. I would also like to thank all of the businesses that allowed us to put a collection box at their location. Thanks to Walmart, Giant Eagle and Shop N Save on Route 88 as well as Giant Eagle Market District for allowing us to collect food and monetary donations on two consecutive Saturdays in December. Additionally, I want to send a special thank you to the Bethel Park Fire Department, and two members in particular, Eva Parker and Rob Knestrick. Without the Fire Department’s help, the food drive would not have been as successful. Firefighters Parker and Knestrick really went above and beyond and it was truly a nice thing to have the Police Department, Fire Department and Tri Community South EMS working together to make a difference in our community.
The Adopt- A- Family also was very successful! We were able to assist 53 families through the program this year. Our goal was to be able to assist 50 families so we exceeded our goal! The ability to help all of these families was due to the tremendous support of the program from the community. During the distribution of the gifts, it was a truly tremendous experience. Seeing the families that were benefiting from the program and understanding their situations, it was very rewarding to be able to help these families during the holidays. I really appreciate the support from the community in making these programs so successful.
I would also like to thank my family for their continued support and help with making the Food Drive and Adopt- A- Family programs run so smoothly.
Happy New Year,
Officer Tom Rigatti
Police Pals/ Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 Charity Basketball Game
The Police Pals will play the Pittsburgh Steelers Basketball team on Friday April 4th 2014 at 8 p.m. at the Bethel Park High School gymnasium. The cost of tickets is $7 and will go on sale February 1st or as soon as possible. Tickets may be purchased at Evey Hardware and Eat N Park Route 88 during regular business hours. You can also purchase tickets at the Bethel Park Police Records Room from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Pre-Game activities will include a game between the Bethel Park Police Department and the Bethel Park Fire Department starting at 6:15 p.m. There will also be a concession area which will open at 5:30 pm, as well as a 50-50 raffle and a prize raffle. There will also be an opportunity to get autographs during halftime.
Tickets to the event will also be available at the door for $9. Please get your tickets early for the event! A flyer or email will be sent to all families in the Bethel Park School District allowing the purchase of tickets at the child’s school as well.
There will be a raffle of a 60” Sharp HD big screen TV, as well as a Large Outdoor Pittsburgh Steelers Barbeque Grill. Tickets for the raffle will be available soon for $2 each. The 2 winners will be drawn during halftime of the Steelers/ Police Pals basketball game, and the first ticket drawn will get their choice of the TV package or Grill Package. There will also be a raffle for an IPAD mini which was donated by Best Buy on Alicia Drive. The winning tickets will be drawn by a member of the Steelers Basketball team.
Event proceeds help fund the Police Pals Programs and the Sgt. Charles Bonczek/Bethel Park Police Association Scholarships. Last year (9) $500 scholarships were awarded to students who attended the Law Enforcement Apprenticeship Program. Help us to support these programs by coming to the game and cheering for your favorite Police Pal or Pittsburgh Steeler!
The pre-game between the Police Department and the Fire Department was the second basketball game to be played between the departments. The final score was Police Department 53 Fire Department 42 .