On July 7th, 2016, a peaceful Black Lives Matter-organized protest was coming to an end when shots resonated in Dallas. Chaos ensued and by the time everything calmed, nine members of Dallas law enforcement were wounded and five lost their lives.
Within days, Dallas business owners and community leaders joined forces to raise funds for the police officers and their relatives. Dos Jefes, tapas bar, hosted “Dine for Dallas Blue” and all of the proceeds of the dinner and silent auction they hosted were given to the fallen and injured officers and their relatives.
Tony Polendo, General Manager of Calverley Service Experts in Fort Worth, was more than honored to get involved.
“I was at my birthday dinner less than a mile away from the terrible events of that evening,” Polendo remembered. “That night struck a chord for me. As a military veteran, I have the utmost respect for any individual who wears a uniform in an effort to protect and serve our community.”
“When my colleague reached out to inquire if we would support this charitable event by merely attending, I wanted to show our support to not only attend, but contribute our time and effort as well.”
Tony and the Calverley Service Experts team collaborated with Lennox to auction off a new heating and cooling system with free installation at the Dine for Dallas Blue event. Take a look at the pictures of the installation.
“I am both thankful and appreciative for the chance to have participated in such a incredible event,” Polendo said.
From your friends and family at Neal Harris Service Experts, we are truly sorry for the loss of the Dallas law enforcement community and for the loved ones of Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael J. Smith, Brent Thompson, and Patrick Zamarripa.