Police Unity Tour Benefit and Kickoff Celebrate Those Who Serve
The citizens of Jersey Park, New Jersey paid homage to their resident police officers and those who died in the line of fire during May 7th’s Police Unity Tour. The event, which took place at Maritime Parc, kicked off a four day bicycle ride and raised money for a special project to honor fallen police officers.
Elizabeth Stacey, the sales manager of Maritime Parc, talked more about the event. “In May 1997 the Police Unity Tour was organized with the hope of bringing public awareness of Law Enforcement Officers who have died in the line of duty and to honor their sacrifices,” she said. “The organization started in 1997 with 18 riders on a four day fund-raising bicycle ride from Florham Park, NJ to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C. Now, there are over 1,800 riders. Officers from the Jersey City Police Department signed up to ride and we held a fundraiser/kickoff event on May 7th, 2014 at Maritime Parc in Liberty State Park. The event consisted of a three hour cocktail reception, raffle prizes, 50/50 Raffle, demonstrations from the JCPD K-9 unit, and JCPD bomb squad unit.”
Stacey said that proceeds from the event went towards the Police Unity Tour Fund “which assists the restoration project for the Memorial Wall and includes the re-engraving, coating, and sealing of over 20,000 names of those who have died in the line of duty.” Stacey also said that the money raised for the Fund “also help the children of those fallen officers deal with the psychological stress of having lost a parent.”
Promoting the event included online ticket sales as well as the Square to facilitate credit card purchases through iPhone. “…[O]ur fundraising committee sold tickets to our event at various local events in the Jersey City, Hoboken and Bayonne area.” Stacey said that using tickets made it “easy to divvy out 10 to 20 tickets per fundraising committee member so that they could sell tickets on their own.”
The event was a major success, said Stacey, especially since the event was put together in less than four weeks. “The Jersey City Medical Center donated a check in the amount of $4,000 to the Police Unity Tour,” she said. “Our fundraising event raised another $6,000 so we totaled just about $10,000 that evening for the Police Unity Tour Fund.”
“We had wonderful donations from Cupa Cabana where guests could enjoy cappuccino and espresso, we had a three-hour DJ donation from SMEvents and DJ USA, we had a Cigar Bar from Tony Santana Cigars, a specialty Vodka tasting by Titos Vodka, and a beautiful ice sculpture that was donated by Jimmy’s Artistic Ice Creations with Police Unity Tour logo,” Stacey said. “The food was prepared by Executive Chef Chris Siversen from Maritime Parc and guests enjoyed passed hors d’oeurves, a pasta station and taco station. We had about 100 guests attend the event with local dignitaries from the Jersey City area. We are looking forward to hosting the event next year and making it even bigger now that we have a year to plan!”
If you’re planning a huge event in the hopes of raising funds for a special cause, Stacey said different sales methods are important. “Definitely look into different methods of ticket sales,” she said. “The younger generation is very computer savvy and like the ease of buying tickets online through a site…However, older guests like having something in hand such as a physical ticket to take with them after purchase. ”
Learn more about the Police Unity Tour at policeunitytour.com.