In early July, a peaceful Black Lives Matter-organized protest was concluding when shots echoed in Dallas. Chaos ensued and by the end of the night, nine Dallas officers were injured and five lost their lives.
Within days, Dallas business owners and community leaders came together to fundraise for the police officers and their relatives. Dos Jefes, a local bistro, hosted “Dine for Dallas Blue” and all of the proceeds of the dinner and silent auction they held were given to the fallen and injured officers and their families.
Tony Polendo, General Manager of Calverley Service Experts in Fort Worth, was more than honored to help.
“I was out for my birthday dinner a few blocks away from the events of that horrible evening,” Polendo recounted. “That night struck a chord for me. As a military veteran, I have absolute respect for anyone who wears a uniform in an attempt to protect and serve their community.”
“When my colleague called to see if we would support this great cause by merely attending, I wanted to go beyond and not only attend, but donate 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 free installation at the Dine for Dallas Blue event. Below are a few pictures of the installation.
“I am both honored and appreciative for the opportunity to have participated in such a worthwhile event,” Polendo said.
From your friends at Gordon's Service Experts, we are truly sorry for the loss of the Dallas law enforcement community and for the loved ones of Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael J. Smith, Brent Thompson, and Patrick Zamarripa.