On July 7th, 2016, a peaceful Black Lives Matter-organized protest was ending when shots echoed in Dallas. Panic ensued and by the time everything calmed, nine members of Dallas law enforcement were hurt and five lost their lives.
Within a week, Dallas business owners and community leaders joined forces to raise money for the police officers and their families. Dos Jefes, a local bistro, hosted “Dine for Dallas Blue” and all of the funds raised by the dinner and silent auction they put on were given to the fallen and injured officers and their families.
Calverley Service Experts General Manager Tony Polendo was more than honored to help.
“I was out for my birthday dinner less than a mile away from the horror that occurred that evening,” Polendo recounted. “That night really struck home for me. As a military veteran, I have absolute respect for any person who wears a uniform in an effort to protect and serve the community.”
“When my colleague called to see if we would support this charitable event by merely attending, I wanted to show our support to not only attend, but donate our time and effort as well.”
Tony and the Calverley Service Experts team collaborated with Lennox to auction off a new HVAC system with complimentary installation at the Dine for Dallas Blue event. Check out the pictures below of the installation.
“I am both honored and appreciative for the chance to have participated in such a worthwhile event,” Polendo said.
From your family at Stark Services, we are truly sorry for the loss of the Dallas law enforcement community and for the relatives of Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael J. Smith, Brent Thompson, and Patrick Zamarripa.