In early July, a peaceful Black Lives Matter-organized protest was coming to an end when shots resonated in Dallas. Chaos ensued and by the end of the night, nine members of Dallas law enforcement were wounded and five lost their lives.
Within a few days, Dallas business owners and community leaders joined forces to fundraise for the police officers and their loved ones. Dos Jefes, tapas bar, hosted “Dine for Dallas Blue” and all of the proceeds of 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 a few blocks away from the events of that horrible evening,” Polendo recounted. “That night struck home with me. As a military veteran, I have the utmost respect for any individual who wears a uniform in an effort to protect and serve our community.”
“When my friend called to see if we would support this charitable 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 free installation at the Dine for Dallas Blue event. Take a look at the pictures of the installation.
“I am both grateful and appreciative for the possibility to have participated in such a wonderful event,” Polendo said.
From your family at Barlow 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.