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 22cd 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 $4500 raised as well as a large amount of 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 283 boxes of food distributed as well as a bulk donation to SHIM. All State insurance also donated $5,000 to SHIM on behalf of the Police Pals Food Drive as well! 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 Giant Eagle, Walmart and Shop N Save on Route 88 as well as Giant Eagle Market District for allowing us to collect food and funds on two consecutive Saturdays in December. I also want to say thank you to the Bethel Park Public Works Department. Without their help, this project would not have been possible.
The Adopt- A- Family also was very successful. The original goal was to assist the same amount of families which we helped in 2013 which was 54. But that total was easily surpassed! The Adopt- A- Family was able to help over 61 local Bethel Park families, 19 of which were Senior Citizen 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 Rogan and I, and asked how they could help. Their efforts 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. Sixty-one 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 Rogan and Municipal Council for allowing these programs to be conducted and for their support for the programs.
Happy New Year,
Officer Tom Rigatti
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
POLICE PALS VS STEELERS
BASKETBALL GAME 2014
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 .