Today, Ben announced that the second grant from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund will be awarded to the Willingboro Township Police in New Jersey – just northeast of Philadelphia where the Steelers will play the Eagles this Sunday.
The Willingboro Township Police will use the grant funds to add a dual purpose (patrol and narcotics) K-9 to their unit.
“We extend our gratitude to Ben Roethlisberger and his foundation for donating funds to purchase a police K-9. This grant will allow the police department to enhance the service that it provides to the community by adding a new K-9 team on patrol. It is evident that Mr. Roethlisberger is a committed community partner, and we will be forever grateful for the support from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation.” — Lieutenant Ian S. Bucs, Unit Supervisor, Willingboro Township Police Department.
During the 2016 NFL season, the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation is distributing grants to K-9 units of police and fire departments in the cities and surrounding communities of each regular season away game for the Steelers. The Foundation will also distribute several grants to the Pittsburgh area. Ben invited police and fire departments across the country to submit proposals detailing their needs this past summer.
This marks the 10th season that Ben has distributed grants to K-9 units. His mission is to support K-9 units of police and fire departments throughout the United States, with a particular emphasis on support for service dogs in Pittsburgh, PA.
Ben’s foundation also supports Make-A-Wish.
The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation distributed more than $170,000 in grants to K-9 units around the country during the 2015 NFL season, including $93,250 in the Pittsburgh community. The Foundation has distributed in excess of $1.5 million since 2007.
Would you like to get involved?
Fans can support future K-9 grants by joining Ben’s crowdfunding campaign on https://pledgeit.org/big-ben. Ben is pledging $1,000 per throwing touchdown this season to his foundation. Supporters can increase the impact by pledging to donate any amount per touchdown.
For more information about his foundation or about The Giving Back Fund, please visit Ben’s foundation page or contact Charisse Browner at www.givingback.org.
And while we’re on the subject –
Before playing the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Ben is expected to make a stop at the United States Police Canine Association National Patrol Dog Trials on Saturday for their Opening Ceremony!
This year’s event will be hosted by the Gloucester Township, NJ Police Department (just eight miles east of Philadelphia), and runs from September 25th to the 30th. They are expecting 150 police K9 teams to participate in this year’s trials!
All events are open to the public from 8am until 2pm (approximate end time). Donations to the Camden County Animal Shelter will be accepted at gate
You can get more info on this amazing event right here.
Thank you Ben!
We are beyond amazed and grateful for the things that Ben does in the K9 community. My husband was a K-9 Deputy for 8 years in Florida, and he did 3 years and Iraq working with a bomb dog. We now own a kennel in Tennessee called Kilo 2 Working Dogs Kennels, where we sell police dogs. Our website is www.K9LifeClothing.com. Again, Ben is absolutely amazing and he holds a special place in our hearts for helping the K9 community. — Thank you so much, Jenny & Tim Rowand.