Category Archives: Fundraisers

Editor’s Corner: Peace Officers’ Angels Foundation assists injured Texas law enforcement

By Stacey Doud

POAF-LogoThe Police Officers’ Angels Foundation (POAF) is a non -profit organization that “provides emotional support and short-term financial assistance to any Texas Law Enforcement officer following a serious or life changing line-of-duty injury. POAF’s success relies on strong community partnerships standing behind our peace officers and their families,” which is their mission statement.


Barreda-Alvarado (Photo courtesy of POAF)

Maria Barreda-Alvarado started the Foundation after her son, Corporal Rick Barreda, who served with the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Airport Police Department, was killed in the line of duty on February 14, 1997. A vehicle struck his motorcycle as he sat on the side of the road gauging speeds. Rick also served on the DFW SWAT team and, for a short time, for the DFW Fire Department.

“Our official name is Peace Officers’ Angels Foundation because some folks confuse the word ‘Peace’ with ‘Police.’ We use ‘Peace Officer’ because we also serve our DPS Troopers, Deputies and Sheriffs’ Offices. POAF serves cities, state, and counties,” Barreda-Alvarado said.

In fact, POAF serves all 254 counties in Texas. “We are focused on the smaller cities and towns in Texas – the ones that don’t have support like a 100 Club,” Barreda-Alvarado said. “That doesn’t mean that we won’t help when we can in a big city. We just want to make sure the smaller places are covered, too.”

The POAF relies on memberships and fundraisers to stay afloat. They are hosting their inaugural golf tournament on Monday October 7, 2019 at the Walnut Creek Country Club in Mansfield. They, along with partner TLEOMF (Texas Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund), organize the annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Night at a Texas Rangers game every fall. This year, it will be held on Friday, September 13 at Globe Life Park as the Rangers take on the Oakland Athletics.


As the last few years have seen a record number of first responder deaths and injuries, the POAF is very busy and is always in need of volunteers and financial support.

For more information or to find out how you can help, visit All donations are tax-deductible and a receipt will be provided.

“No donation is too small to make a difference.” – POAF Motto


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Download the Rangers Flyer Here (.pdf)

Grapevine Source’s Houston journalist and historian seeks assistance

37540786_1551818089469545_rChris Daigle is an outgoing, energetic 61-year-old journalist and historian in Houston, Texas. His career has taken him on tour with the Rolling Stones, flying with the Blue Angels, and the coverage of many events for Associated Press in a 40-plus year career.

Chris suffered a stroke on the right side of his brain on November 9, 2018 while driving to work. He suffered paralysis on his left side, which severely limits his mobility. Now, his organizational and cognitive skills are limited as well, and this means Chris cannot work, and he doesn’t know how long he will be unable to do so.

Without a paycheck, and with benefits a long way off, Chris is rapidly losing the ability to pay for rent and bills, especially medical bills and prescriptions. Chris has no family to help him.

All money raised will go toward rent, bills and medical co-pays.

Chris is independent and determined to overcome these challenges, but it takes time and money, which are two things that are in short supply right now.

Chris does not know when or if benefits will begin, and expenses are piling up. Whether you know Chris, know of him, or do not know him at all, any contribution, big or small, will greatly impact his progress to recovery. This fund is to make sure Chris can live independently as he did before his stroke. With an estimated 4 months until benefits are in place, we will need to raise $20,000. If you can, please consider a donation to help Chris get back to normal!

For more background information, refer to an article by Chris in The Grapevine Source blog titled, “Special Assignment: Stroke.”

Thank you in advance for anything you can give!

Visit Chris’s GoFundMe Page HERE.

C.J. Harris Elementary Community Market and Festival May 4

image001The C.J. Harris Elementary PTA is excited to announce the First Annual Harris Community Market and Festival. It is sure to be a great day!

When:  Saturday May 4, 2019 from 10am – 6pm

Where:  C.J. Harris Elementary, located at 2314 Schleider Dr, Pearland, TX 77581

We’ll have vendors, activities for children, a Silent Auction and MUCH MORE!

Parking and Admission to this event is free. This event is kid friendly! No pets please!


We are currently looking for SPONSORS! For more information, click HERE and we thank you in advance for your support! All vendor fees are TAX DEDUCTIBLE! We are a 501(C)(3)!

For further information about the event, click HERE or email Vendor Liaison Nancy Allen at



Tyler teen known for nationwide law enforcement appreciation campaign surprised by ‘blue family’

By Alex Leroux and Jeff Wright 

TYLER, TX (KLTV) – A Tyler teenager who has spent years thanking police officers and first responders with her nationwide ‘Savannah Says Thank You’ campaign has received her own gesture of appreciation.

Members of Tyler Police Department surprised the family of Savannah Solis outside of their Tyler home Thursday morning. Savannah, her mother, and brother have recently been facing serious medical issues, and police officers wanted to show their support to the family. Officers collected donations throughout the week and offered them to the family to help relieve some burden of medical bills. The family also has a GoFundMe page set up to accept donations as well.


Savannah, her blood family and her blue family

Read more from KLTV…

Santa Cops toy drive at Willhoite’s Nov. 28

46511086_2226451650699649_8035687122788679680_nOn Wednesday, 11/28/18 from 6-9pm, Willhoite’s (432 S. Main Street) will be conducting their annual Santa Cops toy drive. Guests are encouraged to bring toys and/or partake in a fundraiser effort which will include a silent auction and raffle in order to help bring gifts to area children.

The Raffle will include:

  • 6 bottles of wine
  • 100.00 gift card Bob’s Steak & Chop House
  • 100.00 gift card to Farina’s Winery
  • 25.00 gift card to Tolbert’s Restaurant
  • 25.00 gift card to Big Fish
  • 50.00 to Napolis Italian Cafe

The Silent Auction will feature a Yeti Cooler, Gift Card Tree, Massage and Body Scrub, Tail Gate tent, Wine fridge, Jack Daniels Chiller machine, Fireball Chiller machine, Golf bag, Bud Lite cooler, gift baskets as well as many other great items.

Grapevine Police Association fundraiser Sept 21 – 22, 25 – 26

California Pizza Kitchen (Grapevine location only – located at 1051 TX-114) will begin its fundraiser for the Grapevine Police Association, which runs 9/21, 9/22, 9/25 and 9/26. The restaurant will donate 20% of the bill for anyone who dines in their restaurant (or orders carry-out) on these dates and brings in the flyer below. If you forget the flyer, just tell your server you want your check to benefit the Grapevine Police Association fundraiser.

The Grapevine Police Association is a non-profit that donates money to law enforcement personnel and families in crisis, provides scholarships, sponsors police events, and supports the Darren Medlin bicycle team. Feel free to say ‘hi’ to our officers when you see them enjoying a meal in CPK.

Downloadable Flyer (.pdf)



Save the Date for KPB’s Speakeasy Party on June 25



288 Rotary Bingo Bonanza May 20


Pearland Neighborhood Center Crawfish Boil April 24

PNC Crawfish

Sponsorship Info:

PNC Sponsors

Download Sponsorship Forms HERE

2nd Annual Mother/Daughter High Tea and Style Show Fundraiser


Looking Fabulous…from Repurposed to Boutique! Join us for High Tea and a Style Show that combines an exquisite traditional high tea, finger sandwiches and sweets with exciting modeling of the latest spring and formal fashions.

The afternoon also features a premium silent auction, raffle, giveaways and a special award for best dressed mother/daughter duo! There is no better way to celebrate Mother’s Day, and it’s all for a great cause! The money raised will be used to open a transitional living facility to assist young single moms and kids in transition…from surviving to thriving!

**Saturday, April 30th – 11 am to 1 pm; Reflection Bay Event Center, 12234 Shadow Creek Parkway**

RSVP Required by Friday, April 22

If you can’t make it to the event, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution at

Early Bird Pricing: 

  • VIP: $75
  • Mother/Daughter (18 & Under) Duo: $35
  • Adult: $25
  • Additional Children 18 & Under: $10

**After April 15, all ticket prices increase by $10 per adult and $5 per child**

Tickets are limited. Purchase tickets online HERE