Here’s yet again another great story about a highly successful fundraising effort – this one raising more than $50,000 from the 2020 Flore Golf Memorial Tournament held Nov. 12 at the Houston National Golf Club.
Detective Rick Barajas (Major Offenders), head of the fundraising committee for the event, was all smiles afterwards: “We had a blast! It was beautiful weather and we had a lot of support. We had 33 teams participate, three teams short of a sellout. We raised a lot of money from entry fees and from the raffles.”
The fundraiser benefitted the family of Officer Jerry Flores, who suffered serious head injuries from a fall from a golf cart at another fundraising tournament in April 2018. Flores, the head of security for the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park, never recovered, Barajas said.
Originally scheduled for this past April, the tournament was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the reason for numerous postponements of events supported by Assist the Officer Foundation.
Barajas explained that each participant was determined to help the surviving family members, sister Linda Meyers and brother Joey Flores, with a growing amount of medical expenses. He said they were able to present the family with a $25,000 check this past summer from entry fees and donations from sponsors such as the Houston Police Officers Union and First Responders Benefit Trust.
The actual event featured the raffle of a $5,000 patio furniture set and many other exciting items. “There was a lot of money raised from the raffle,” Barajas said, “a lot of people were there with their wallets open.”
Rudy’s Barbecue on Highway 290 offered a huge discount for the tasty plates of barbecue for each participant. Barajas had a special hats-off to Rudy’s for the gesture, which came with the business’ usual “police discount.”
Flores died Oct. 1 at age 57. He was a senior police officer and 26-year veteran of the Houston Police Department. The officer was beloved by many employees of the Houston Astros after his years of service under the auspices of Major League Baseball at Minute Maid. A special Oct. 23, 2018 fundraiser was held on-site with longtime ATO fundraiser Allen Helfman, owner of River Oaks Chrysler-Jeep, teaming with Mayor Sylvester Turner to dig deeply into the pockets of the thousands who attended the auction.
Barajas said, “We do want to have this as a yearly event. I do not want to get ahead of myself. I want to keep Jerry’s name relevant to the police department. It won’t be for the family next time but connected to Assist the Officer.”