On July 7th, 2016, a peaceful Black Lives Matter-organized protest was concluding when shots echoed in Dallas. Panic ensued and by the time everything calmed, nine Dallas police officers were wounded and five lost their lives.
Within a few days, Dallas business owners and community leaders came together to fundraise for the police officers and their loved ones. Dos Jefes, a Latin-Asian tapas restaurant, hosted “Dine for Dallas Blue” and all of the money raised from the dinner and silent auction they put on were given to the fallen and injured officers and their families.
General Manager Tony Polendo of Calvlery Service Experts was more than honored to help.
“I was celebrating my birthday dinner a few blocks away from the terrible events of that evening,” Polendo said. “That night struck home with me. As a military veteran, I have complete and total respect for any person who wears a uniform in an effort to protect and serve their community.”
“When my colleague reached out to ask if we would support this great cause by merely attending, I wanted to go beyond and 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 cooling system with installation included at the Dine for Dallas Blue event. Below are a few pictures of the installation.
“I am both thankful and appreciative for the chance to have participated in such a incredible event,” Polendo said.
From your friends and family at Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, 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.