Sunday, October 25, 2020

Serving Pancakes, Protecting Police

By Joan Hadac
Editor and Publisher
Southwest Chicago Post

Congratulations and thanks to all those responsible for the success of today's Get Behind the Vest pancake breakfast at St. Daniel the Prophet Parish.

The griddles were fired up and busy as gallons and gallons of batter were poured and quickly made into pancakes--then paired with link sausages and given to several hundred hungry Southwest Siders who paid just $5 a serving.

The drive-through/walk-up event was hosted by 23rd Ward Ald. Silvana Tabares, 13th Ward Ald. Marty Quinn, Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan and Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch President Al Cacciottolo--aided by an able and hardy crew of volunteers.

Also on hand as a friendly volunteer was Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce President Mary Ellen "Mari" Brown.

Proceeds are going to the Chicago Police Memorial
Foundation's Get Behind the Vest initiative, which purchases protective vests for police officers on the front lines.

Bullet proof vests need to be replaced every five years, at a cost to police officers of about $500 or more. Over the past five years, the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation has replaced 11,250 outdated bullet proof vests currently in use by Chicago Police Officers.

Since January, CPMF has purchased 3,300 vests. To date, 48
Chicago Police officers’ lives have been saved by bullet proof vests.

Businesses making donations to the event included SHOP’n
SAVE, Dunkin' Donuts, Three Sons Pancake House & Family Restaurant, Home Run Inn, Mike Riordan State Farm Agency, Lux Auto Body Inc, Caliber Home Loans, McDonald's, First Rate Realty, Amigo Pest Control, Ridge Funeral Home & Cremation Services, and Triano’s Pizza.

If you missed the breakfast but want to help the cause, visit the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation website at

The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation is a not-for- profit
organization that provides assistance to the families of Chicago Police officers who were killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty. Established in 2004, the Foundation works to strengthen the relationship between the Chicago Police, its business and civic leaders, and its citizenry. To date, the Foundation has donated more than $14 million to family members of Chicago Police officers in need of

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