2012 Police Pals Food Drive
Open Letter to Bethel Park
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 lot of 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”.
The food drive was a little different this year, in its 20th year. The Bethel Park Fire Department as well as Tri Community South EMS assisted in collecting monetary donations as well as food donations. The result was over $3500 raised as well as over 65 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 266 boxes of food distributed as well as two bulk donations to SHIM and St. Winifred food pantry. 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 also want to thank Walmart and Shop N Save on Route 88 for allowing us to collect food and funds on two consecutive Saturdays in December.
The Adopt- A- Family also was very successful. The original goal was to assist the same amount of families which we helped in 2011 which was 24. But that total was easily surpassed! The Adopt- A- Family was able to help 38 local Bethel Park families. The generosity and genuine concern for fellow neighbors was overwhelming! So many people called and emailed to offer their help in many different ways. Some offered to adopt a family as a group or individually. Some offered gift cards or children’s gifts, and some wrote a check! There were many community leaders that contacted Chief Mackey and I, and asked how they could help. Their efforts again did not go unnoticed.
The program is totally anonymous, but for the people who offered help in any way, I cannot thank you enough. You certainly did make a difference right here in Bethel Park. Thirty-eight families had a memorable Christmas because of all of your efforts. You all exemplify the true meaning of Christmas, and I think collectively we all have shared in an accomplishment to very proud of. I cannot publish any of the sponsor’s names, but please accept my thanks for helping make the Police Pals Adopt a Family such a huge success.
I want to take this opportunity to publicly thank Chief Mackey for allowing these programs to be conducted and for his support for the programs.
Happy New Year,
Officer Tom Rigatti
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 .
The Police Pals and the Steelers played the annual charity basketball game on Friday, March 8, 2013. The final score was Steelers 81 Police Pals 67 . The Steelers line-up included:
#16 Charlie Batch
#29 Ryan Mundy
#38 Ross Ventrone
#68 Kelvin Beachum
#97 Cameron Heyward
#83 Louis Lipps
Although the Steelers won the game, as always the event was a victory for the Police Pals Program. The proceeds from the event will fund Police Pals Programs and the Bethel Park Police Association/Sgt. Charles Bonczek Scholarship Fund. The Police Pals Scholarship awarded yearly to a Law Enforcement Apprenticeship Program (LEAP) student will be named in honor of Sgt. Bonczek and the game was dedicated in his memory. The scholarship will be awarded to the Bethel Park Senior who has completed the Law Enforcement Apprenticeship Program and will attend college to pursue a law enforcement related degree. On hand for the game were Sgt. Bonczek’s wife, Mary and daughter, Heather Bonczek Milharcic.
Channel 7 – Dave Cable
Academy of Podiatry – Dr. Snyder Erin Perez -31 Gifts
Ben Franklin PTO Evey “True Value” Hardware
Bethel Bakery Family Deli
Bethel Park Boys Basketball Freddies II
Bethel Park Community Foundation General Manufacturing
Bethel Park Channel #7 Giant Eagle – Rt. -88
Bethel Park School District Giant Eagle Market District
Bethel Park Printing Home & Office Consignment Gallery
Bethel Park Fire Department Iceoplex in Southpointe
Bethel Park Rotary Jennings Chiropractic
BLVD Pub and Kitchen at Iceoplex J & J Snack Foods
Brentwood Bank Krista & Jeff Zehler
Brusters Ice cream Metz Culinary Management
Buggy Bath Car Wash Miller “Ace” Hardware
Carmike Cinema SHV MM MM Pizza
Coca Cola Company Officer Tom Rigatti and Family
Corner Brew Pepsi Corporation
Crowne Plaza Shop N Save
Dan & Michelle Cheberenchick TGI Friday’s Village Square
Dave Gambridge (Officials) Video Doc Productions
Dave Lemley (Announcing) Virgili's Beer Distributor
DeLallo’s Restaurant WalMart
Dick’s Sporting Goods – SHV Wise Chips
Eat’N Park Corporation Judge Wyda & Staff
Eat’N Park – Rt. 88
Members of the Citizens Police Academy
Students from the L.E.A.P. program
Others who wish to remain anonymous.
Congratulations to the winners of the Steeler Grill which was donated by Miller Ace Hardware on South Park Road:
Winner was: Kenneth Karako of Bethel Park