What a great idea! The Edison Park Community Council, the Edison Park Chamber of Commerce, State Rep. Michael McAuliffe, and Ald. Anthony Napolitano have joined forces to sponsor a two-day salute to the men and women who protect and defend our neighborhoods and our country.
Over a two-day span (October 1- 2), the Edison Park community will honor the men and women of the Chicago Police Department, the Chicago Fire Department, including paramedics, and the United States Armed Forces. Every penny taken in will be donated to one of three organizations that support police officers, fire fighters, and members of our military in difficult times.
Brotherhood of the Fallen (http://brotherhoodforthefallen.org) offers support from Chicago police officers to to the families of officers killed on the job throughout the country by attending funerals and providing financial assistance to families.
Ignite the Spirit (http://www.ignitethespirit.org/about-us) is a nonprofit that helps the families of firefighters and paramedics in need, with benefits ranging from food to financial assistance. It raises money via various events throughout the City.
Salute, Inc. (http://www.saluteinc.org) offers financial help to members of our military services who are returning to civilian life. Many struggle with health issues, some with PTSD, and some with the conflicts of readjusting to family life or being unable to find work. Salute helps make their transition from the military a bit easier.
The Edison Park Salute includes live music, raffles, kids’ activities, and food trucks. On October 1, the event will take place at Oliphant & Olmstead from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. On October 2, festivities will be held at St. Thecla Church, 6725 West Devon, beginning at 10:00 a.m. with Mass followed by a pancake breakfast at St. Thecla’s Scout Hall. Donations are gratefully accepted.