On July 7th, 2016, a peaceful Black Lives Matter-organized protest was concluding when shots rang out in Dallas. Mayhem ensued and by the end of the night, nine members of Dallas law enforcement were injured and five lost their lives.
Within days, Dallas business owners and community leaders came together to raise funds for the police officers and their loved ones. Dos Jefes, a Latin-Asian tapas restaurant, hosted “Dine for Dallas Blue” and all of the funds raised by the dinner and silent auction they hosted were given to the fallen and injured officers and their loved ones.
Calverley Service Experts General Manager Tony Polendo was more than honored to get involved.
“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 any individual who wears a uniform in an endeavor to protect and serve the community.”
“When my associate contacted me to inquire if we would support this charitable event 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 partnered with Lennox to auction off a new heating and cooling system with complimentary installation at the Dine for Dallas Blue event. Below are a few pictures of the installation.
“I am both grateful and appreciative for the possibility to have participated in such a incredible event,” Polendo said.
From your family at Midland Air Service Experts, we are truly sorry for the loss of the Dallas police officer community and for the family and friends of Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael J. Smith, Brent Thompson, and Patrick Zamarripa.