Today, Ben announced a grant award from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund. The Foundation will be distributing a grant to the Los Angeles Police Department, in honor of the Steelers’ recent game against the Los Angeles Chargers.
The LAPD will use the grant funds to add a dog to their current unit of 24 canines.
During the 2019 NFL season, the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation will be 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.
“K-9 Platoon is an indispensable tool for the Los Angeles Police Department. K-9 Platoon conducts over 300 searches a year for felony suspects actively evading apprehension. K-9 Platoon tactics de-escalate tactical situations, preserve human life, reduce the intensity of tense encounters with violent, armed suspects and mitigate the need for a higher level of force. The City of Los Angeles does not purchase any canines for the unit. All canines are procured through private donations at the cost of approximately $10,000 each.” — Los Angeles Police Sergeant Scott Davis.
This marks the 13th season that the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation has distributed grants to K-9 units. Ben’s mission is to support K-9 units of police and fire departments throughout the United States, with a particular emphasis on support for working dogs in Pittsburgh, PA through his foundation.
More than $145,000 in grants have been distributed to K-9 units around the country during the 2018 NFL season, including $70,000 in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. The Foundation has distributed in excess of $2.1 million since 2007, $1.7 million of which has specifically benefited K-9 programs domestically.
Sarris Candies has teamed up with Ben once again and will donate 25 percent of the purchase price to the his Foundation. That’s a sweet deal!
You can support future K-9 grants by purchasing candy on their website, (www.SarrisCandiesFundraising.com)!
Just use a special purchase code of 77-7777 when ordering.
Thank you to Sarris Candies!
For more information about Ben’s foundation or The Giving Back Fund, please contact Jessica Duffaut at www.givingback.org.