In early July, a peaceful Black Lives Matter-organized protest was concluding when shots echoed in Dallas. Mayhem ensued and by the time everything calmed, nine Dallas officers were hurt and five lost their lives.
Within days, Dallas business owners and community leaders joined forces to fundraise for the police officers and their relatives. 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 hosted were given to the fallen and injured officers and their families.
Tony Polendo, General Manager of Calverley Service Experts in Fort Worth, was more than honored to join the cause.
“I was at my birthday dinner less than a mile 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 person who wears a uniform in an effort to protect and serve our community.”
“When my friend reached out to see if we would support this charity event by merely attending, I wanted to go beyond and not only attend, but give 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. Take a look at the pictures of the installation.
“I am both grateful and appreciative for the opportunity to have participated in such a wonderful event,” Polendo said.
From your friends at San Antonio Air Service Experts, we are truly sorry for the loss of the Dallas police officer community and for the loved ones of Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael J. Smith, Brent Thompson, and Patrick Zamarripa.