Dance to benefit Shorewood police
By Marianne Eisenbrandt Correspondent February 15, 2013 11:46PM
Shorewood Police Officer Martin Richarte (left) and Sgt. Jim Chapman hold the ballistic helmets, designed primarily to stop bullets, shrapnel and protect the head from blunt trauma. The helmets were purchased for the police department by the Community Or
Updated: March 18, 2013 6:51AM
The Community Organization for the Police of Shorewood will host its annual Shorewood COPS Fundraising Dance from 8 p.m. to midnight March 2 at the Elks Lodge banquet facilities, 250 southeast frontage road, the intersection of Route 52 and Interstate 55 in Joliet.
The dance will feature the Take 3 Band, raffles and door prizes, as well as light hors d’oeuvres. The police office of the year will also be announced.
Tickets cost $5 per person and can be purchased from members of the organization, at the Shorewood Police Department, and at the door. The dance is open to the public.
Anyone wishing to donate an item for the raffle may do so by calling 815-725-6479.
The Shorewood Police Department answered thousands of calls for service last year, many of them life- or property-threatening situations. COPS was established by a group of concerned citizens to provide moral support and additional funding for training and equipment above and beyond the annual budget.
COPS recently set up the Shorewood Police Benevolent Fund, which will help officers’ families in case of death in the line of duty.
Purchases have included ballistic helmets, as well as a light-duty, covered trailer that will aid the department in increasing its community outreach abilities, as well as facilitate easier relocation of necessary equipment.
“We appreciate your support. Come out and enjoy the evening with your friends and neighbors. You will be glad you did,” said Ilene Stalnaker, COPS president.