On July 7th, 2016, a peaceful Black Lives Matter-organized protest was ending when shots echoed in Dallas. Chaos 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 united to raise funds for the police officers and their relatives. 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 held were given to the fallen and injured officers and their loved ones.
Calverley Service Experts General Manager Tony Polendo was more than honored to join the cause.
“I was celebrating my birthday dinner a few blocks away from the horror that occurred that evening,” Polendo recounted. “That night really struck home for me. As a military veteran, I have absolute respect for any person who wears a uniform in an endeavor to protect and serve our community.”
“When my colleague reached out to inquire if we would support this charity event by merely attending, I wanted to show our support to not only attend, but contribute our time and effort as well.”
Tony and the Calverley Service Experts team coordinated with Lennox to auction off a new HVAC 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 chance to have participated in such a wonderful event,” Polendo said.
From your friends and family at McElroy Service Experts, we are truly sorry for the loss of the Dallas law enforcement community and for the family and friends of Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael J. Smith, Brent Thompson, and Patrick Zamarripa.