Long Beach, NY – In an effort to support law enforcement families affected by a line of duty death or injury, Supervisor Don Clavin and Councilman Christopher Carini today joined with NYPD Officer Austin Glickman – President and Founder of Law Enforcement Officers Weekend (LEO Weekend) – to drum up excitement for the annual LEO Weekend Fundraiser to be held on Saturday, March 11th at the Inn in Long Beach. The officials made the announcement in front of The Inn, a beloved local establishment owned and operated by a retired NYPD officer, and were joined by Long Beach City Council President John D. Bendo, Vice President Elizabeth M. Treston, Acting City Manager & Long Beach Police Commissioner Ronald Walsh, and representatives from the Long Beach Police Benevolent Association.
“The Town of Hempstead is proud to support Law Enforcement Officers Weekend and its efforts to assist law enforcement families affected by serious injury or line of duty death,” said Clavin. “We are forever indebted to our first responders, and we must remember their sacrifices while protecting our communities.”
Councilman Carini, a retired NYPD, MTA and Port Authority Police Officer led the charge in voicing support for the event, referring to the organization as lifesavers and an integral part of the law enforcement community. He stated, “Law Enforcement Officers Weekend understands the hardships faced by many law enforcement families, and their efforts in providing an escape for tragedy-stricken families is inspiring. I encourage all Town of Hempstead residents to consider taking part in this event in appreciation for our men and women in uniform.”
The event on Saturday, March 11th will run from 3pm to 6pm and will feature live musical entertainment by popular local band Ready In 10, as well as a special performance by the Port Authority Pipes & Drums Band. Also included in the event will be an open bar, passed appetizers, live auction, and raffles. All proceeds from the event will be used by the organization to host affected law enforcement families for a special weekend getaway. Tickets for the event can be purchased at LEOWeekend.com/fundraiser.
“Since 2017, Law Enforcement Officers Weekend has hosted and/or assisted 60 families, from 16 states, representing 26 different law enforcement agencies. Our reach continues to grow each year and fundraisers – like this one being held on Saturday – are vital to our missions’ success,” said Glickman.
LEO Weekend has been a longtime leader in aiding law enforcement families that were struck with tragedy due to a line of duty death or injury. The benevolent organization hosts getaway vacations in Lake George, Long Beach and Miami for law enforcement families all over the country, reinforcing the proud commitment to never forgetting the sacrifices made by those serving in law enforcement.
The event is sponsored by various organizations including NYPD PBA, Community-Police Relations Foundation, Suffolk County PBA, Suffolk County Superior Officers Association, Amtrak Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #189, the Finest Federal Credit Union and more.
“The Town of Hempstead has enjoyed a tremendous partnership with LEO Weekend thanks to Congressman Anthony D’Esposito, who started this initiative when he was a Councilman,” concluded Carini. “I am proud to continue carrying on the legacy of the town’s partnership with LEO Weekend, and I am glad that law enforcement will always have a strong voice in the Town of Hempstead and Washington D.C.”