The first barbecue drive-thru fundraiser of the New Year – this one benefiting wounded Officer Courtney Waller – saw every ticket sold and an untold number of auction bidders and raffle participants.
The final tabulation of funding was not available at the Badge & Gun deadline.
But Lt. Julie Manfre of Southwest Division, the organizer of the Feb. 12 event, said “almost all of the 200 barbecue tickets were sold, and the auction items carried away by enthusiastic bidders.”
Waller is recovering from an arm wound suffered during the same shooting incident that took the life of HPD Sgt. Harold Preston on Oct. 20. The lieutenant said Waller was getting his strength back in therapy and should be expected to make a full recovery.
Everyone apparently followed Lt. Manfre’s urging to purchase raffle tickets for a Mossberg shotgun. Also, an auction of sports memorabilia and other items was provided by Alan Helfman of River Oaks Chrysler Jeep. Helfman, a great friend of HPOU and Assist the Officer, donated 33 pieces of valuable sports memorabilia.
Assist the Officer Foundation sponsored the event and will still accept donations, which, like the drive-thru fundraiser, will see every penny go toward Waller’s medical expenses. All donations are tax deductible, please make checks to ATO fbo Officer Courtney Waller or donate online by CLICKING HERE.