Today, Ben announced the third grant award of the 2018 season from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund.

The Foundation will be distributing a grant to the Villa Hills Police Department, just southwest of Paul Brown Stadium where the Steelers will play the Cincinnati Bengals on October 14th.

The Villa Hills Police Department plans to start a new K-9 unit with the grant funds.

“The Villa Hills Police Department is a Kentucky State Accredited Law Enforcement Agency that provides police services for the cities of Villa Hills and Crescent Springs in northern Kentucky. With the established location within mere minutes of the major metropolitan city of Cincinnati, Ohio and surrounded by the cities of Covington, Newport, and Florence, the Villa Hills Police Department determined the necessity to re-establish a K-9 Unit for the dual purpose of narcotic detection and search and rescue tracking. The Villa Hills Police Department has long been a highly professional agency with the highest of standards that facilitate and foster a growing community outreach and policing. With the K-9 Unit, the Villa Hills Police Department can provide the utmost level of law enforcement protection to its citizens and strive to meet its motto of Continuing Excellence.” — Villa Hills Police Sgt. Matthew R.B. Hall.

FallDuring the 2018 NFL season, Ben’s 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. The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation invited police and fire departments across the country to submit proposals detailing their needs.

This marks the 12th season that the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation has distributed grants to K-9 units.

The mission of Ben’s foundation 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.

He has distributed more than $170,000 in grants to K-9 units around the country during the 2017 NFL season, including $82,000 in the Pittsburgh community. The Foundation has distributed in excess of $1.92 million since 2007.

Hey fans!

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Just use a special purchase code of 77-7777 when ordering.

Sarris has teamed up with Ben once again and will donate 25 percent of the purchase price to the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation. That’s a sweet deal!

Thank you to Sarris Candies!