On July 7th, 2016, a peaceful Black Lives Matter-organized protest was ending when shots echoed in Dallas. Chaos ensued and by the time everything calmed, nine Dallas police officers were injured and five lost their lives.
Within a few days, Dallas business owners and community leaders came together to raise money for the police officers and their relatives. Dos Jefes, tapas bar, 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 relatives.
Tony Polendo, General Manager of Calverley Service Experts in Fort Worth, was more than honored to join the cause.
“I was out for my birthday dinner less than a mile away from the terrible events of that evening,” Polendo recounted. “That night really struck home for me. As a military veteran, I have the utmost respect for anyone who wears a uniform in an endeavor to protect and serve our community.”
“When my colleague reached out to ask if we would support this great cause 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 partnered with Lennox to auction off a new heating and air conditioning system with installation included at the Dine for Dallas Blue event. Take a look at the pictures of the installation.
“I am both honored and appreciative for the chance to have participated in such a incredible event,” Polendo said.
From your friends and family at Fras-Air/General 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.