Jeffrey/Vance fundraiser hugely success – raising more than $122,000!

The Nov. 5 benefit for the family of Senior Police Officer Bill Jeffrey (EOW: Sept. 20, 2021) and Sgt. Michael Vance will go down as a rousing success, raising more than $122,000!

“We were especially excited to report how successful our raffles turned out to be,” Lt. Jose Rosas of Major Offenders said, referring to a designer purse and other designer handbags. “It was a great hit for the female officers who said it was about time we had something besides guns.”

But there were gun raffles, as is usual at an Assist the Officer fundraiser. The event also had a special benefactor – Goya Foods of Texas. Lt. Rosas and many others associated with the fundraiser cited Goya officials for going the extra mile.

“Goya Foods donated all the food, the preparation and the serving,” Rosas said. “They also provided 10 Goya gift baskets worth $100 apiece. Some were auctioned live, and others were in the silent auction.

“Thanks to the generosity by Goya Foods Company of Texas for all the food, the cooking team’s preparation of the food and the serving of the food. This really played a key role in maximizing the proceeds for Sgt. Vance and the surviving family of Officer Jeffrey.

Lt. Rosas supplied a list of the raffle winners:

Gun Raffle

  • 1st Prize winner of the 9mm Sig Sauer was retired Officer Jeff Whitehead.
  • 2nd Prize winner of the AR was Sgt. Alejandro Gonzalez.
  • 3rd Prize winner of the EESE4 Knife was Mr. Michael Vu.

Purse Raffle

  • 1st Prize winner of the Louis Vuitton handbag was Sgt. Claudia Cisneros.
  • 2nd Prize winner of the Coach handbag was Mrs. Delia Salazar.
  • 3rd Prize winner of the Dooney & Bourke handbag was Mr. Edward Byrd.

The highly successful event chaired by Lt. Jose Rosas and featuring the ever-present Alan Helfman as auctioneer and sports memorabilia supplier, benefitted Jeffrey’s family and the ongoing medical bills endured by Vance, who is at home recovering from wounds suffered in the apartment house shooting as the two members of Major Offenders were serving a warrant. The suspect was killed in the shootout.

Besides the raffles, there were the usual plates of barbecue and a wide array of sports memorabilia furnished by ATO’s ageless auctioneer Alan Helfman of River Oaks Chrysler Jeep. Helfman has done more than 100 auction fundraisers for law enforcement officers, especially those from HPD, over the last 10-15 years.

The memorabilia included game-worn jerseys from Astros stars Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, plus numerous authentic autographed pictures of these and other Astros stars.

“Everyone was very generous in their bidding,” Helfman told the Badge & Gun. “It felt good raising these funds for Sgt. Vance and the family of Officer Jeffrey. These brave men and others like them in HPD and other agencies deserve efforts like this – and more!”