On July 7th, 2016, a peaceful Black Lives Matter-organized protest was ending when shots echoed in Dallas. Mayhem ensued and by the end of the night, nine Dallas police officers were hurt and five lost their lives.
Within a week, Dallas business owners and community leaders united to raise money for the police officers and their loved ones. Dos Jefes, a Latin-Asian tapas restaurant, 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 loved ones.
Calverley Service Experts General Manager Tony Polendo was more than honored to join the cause.
“I was at my birthday dinner only blocks away from the events of that horrible evening,” Polendo remembered. “That night struck home with me. As a military veteran, I have complete and total respect for any person who wears a uniform in an endeavor to protect and serve their community.”
“When my associate reached out to ask if we would support this great cause 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 air conditioning system with complimentary 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 wonderful event,” Polendo said.
From your friends at TML Service Experts, we are truly sorry for the loss of the Dallas law enforcement community and for the family and friends of Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael J. Smith, Brent Thompson, and Patrick Zamarripa.