Representatives from the Modern Woodmen of America present a “Matching Fund Program” check for $4,349 to Bellefontaine Police Department Chief Chris Marlow, second from the left, and Officer Jerrod Hostetler and K9 Boodik, right. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Community members and a local organization provided a large boost recently to the Bellefontaine Police Department’s K9 Unit through their support of the K9 BBQ Chicken Dinner Fundraiser at the annual Community Safety Event.
Police Chief Chris Marlow said the final tally showed that with the combined efforts of volunteers at the event, and the supporters within the community, the dinner generated nearly $4,400 dollars.
To springboard off that effort, representatives from the Modern Woodmen of America doubled the fundraising total through the organization’s “Matching Fund Program,” presenting a check to the police department.
Now with the matching funds, approximately $8,800 in total will benefit the police K9 unit, Officer Jerrod Hostetler and K9 Boodik.
“All in all, those funds assist with food, medical care, training, equipment and technology to not only help the K9 team be successful, but to keep them healthy and safe,” Chief Marlow said.
The police chief expressed appreciation everyone behind-the-scenes at the dinner at Southview Park as well.
“The Bellefontaine Police Department would like to thank all of those involved in the recent Police K9 Chicken BBQ Dinner Fundraiser…That includes the assistance of the Citizen’s Police Academy, Nelson’s Catering of Indiana, Carol Marlow, and all those gracious enough to purchase a ticket, donate and/or contribute in any fashion.
“It is due to the determination of no single person and only the community as a whole that efforts like this pay off for everyone living, playing and working in the Bellefontaine and Logan County communities.”