Softball Game to Benefit The Special Olympics
Mt. Lebanon Police Department VS. Bethel Park Police Department
The Special Olympics charity softball game between the Bethel Park Police and Mt. Lebanon Police Departments was held on Wednesday 8/13/14. The event was sponsored by Allstate insurance company and was a huge success! The game had to be moved to Middle Field in Mt. Lebanon because of all the rain and the poor field conditions at Millennium Park. But that little adversity was overcome by the efforts of Allstate insurance employees, Mt. Lebanon public works and the dedication and perseverance of the promoter of the event, Allstate employee Julia Reusch. Ms. Reusch wanted a first class event and it was delivered.
There were Special Olympics athletes on hand and seeing their smiles was extremely gratifying. There were at least 250 spectators, and the atmosphere was festive. The actual game was one sided, (not in our favor) but we all had a great time working toward a common cause. Approximately $13,000 was raised for the Special Olympics!
The next event will take place at the Bethel Park VS Mt. Lebanon High school football game on Friday October 3, 2014. Allstate will sponsor "Reality Rides" which is a driving simulator that can provide participants with an eye opening experience. We encourage everyone to come out to the game and set aside a few minutes to use the driving simulator.
We are really proud of our safety partnership with Mt. Lebanon Police and Allstate Insurance. We want everyone to think about their personal safety, which is the primary goal of the partnership. Thank you Allstate insurance for investing in our community and for helping charities that are important to our Police Departments.
Thank you to the following sponsors of the Community Challenge: We raised $925
Attorney Sam Moore
Kathryn Antoniazzi & Family
PS Machinery INC
Bruster’s Ice Cream
Oxford Development “South Park Shops”
Dicks Sporting Goods
Bethel Park Fire Department
Tri Community South EMS
Carol & Paul Koch & Family
Paul JR. & Janice Studt & Family
Bethel Park Police Pals
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 would like to thank Bethel Park Public works for their efforts picking up and distributing the food. 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, Public Works 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 VS STEELERS
BASKETBALL GAME 2014
The pre-game between the Police Department and the Fire Department was the first basketball game to be played between the departments. The final score was Police Department 49- Fire Department 25.
The Police Pals and the Steelers played the annual charity basketball game on Friday, April 4, 2014. The final score was Steelers 85 - Police Pals 80. The Steelers line-up included:
#16 Charlie Batch
#26 Le’Veon Bell
#14 Derrick Moye
#84 Antonio Brown
#81 David Paulson
#40 Ross Ventrone
#39 Isaiah Green
#41 Will Johnson
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.
Vaughn Buchheit, Jr.
Chris Lane Photography
Channel 7 – Dave Cable
Officer Dave Ditoppa
Officer Scott Zinsmeister
A SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR EVENT
SUPPORTERS & CONTRIBUTORS
Allegheny Health Systems
Allegheny Physical Medicine
Arkwood Products: Al Cuneo
Author Jim O’Brien
Author Gene Shaffer
Academy of Podiatry: Dr. Snyder
Become Beauty Products: Jennifer Goodrich
Bed, Bath & Beyond
Bethel Park Community Foundation
Bethel Park Channel #7
Bethel Park School District
Bethel Park Printing
Bethel Park Fire Department
Bethel Park Rotary
Bruster’s Ice Cream
Buggy Bath Car Wash on 88
Carmike Cinema SHV
Coca Cola Corporation
Dave Gambridge/ Referee’s
Dave Lemley/ Announcing
Dick’s South Hills Village
District Court 05-2-20 Staff
Eat ‘n Park Rt. 88
Erin Perez- Thirty-one gifts
Evey “True Value” Hardware
Giant Eagle Corporate
Giant Eagle Rt. 88
Giant Eagle Market District
J&J Snack Foods
Johnny Angel & The Halos
Metz Culinary management
Michael D. Flynn & Associates: Daniel Flynn
Miller “Ace” Hardware
Pittsburgh Bottleshop Café
Shop N Save
TGI Friday’s Village Square
Congratulations to the winner of the Steeler Grill : Lisa Winowich
Congratulations to the winner of the 60” Sharp TV: Priscilla Seifert
Basket #1: Kim Shelpman- Golf Outing
Basket #2: Sue Picard- Apple I-Pad Air
Basket #3: Jennifer Goodrich- Dan Flynn :Legal Services Coupon
Basket #4: Joy Gabbard- Pens /Tickets/Dinner
Basket #5: Kris Wade- Laser Hair Removal/Massage
Basket #6: Juliann Stein- Grill/Dinner
50/50 Winner: Rich Buckley
Thank you to everyone who supported the Benefit Basketball Game. We appreciate your continued support for the program and we hope to continue to be able to offer college scholarships to Bethel Park High School Seniors who participated in the Law Enforcement Apprenticeship Program. In the last 5 years we have provided over 35 scholarships.
Special Thanks to Jim Modrak for helping haul everything in for the game on Friday!
2014 POLICE PALS VS STEELERS
watch here http://youtu.be/QnkZFukjgdM
POLICE PALS VS FIRE DEPARTMENT
BASKETBALL GAME 2014
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 49 Fire Department 25 .