Events organized by the Woodstock Police Foundation raised more than $29,000 for the organization, which has been labeled a success by its board members.
In its second year, the Woodstock Police Foundation explored additional fundraising outlets in 2012.
Its Spring Festival started the day off with a memorial service to commemorate Police Memorial Week and was followed by live music, activities, games and food for all to enjoy throughout the day.
Additionally, the Woodstock Police Foundation hosted its second annual Great American Chili Cook-Off in November.
The cook-off, which received over 20 entries, was held in conjunction with the Woodstock Art and Wine Festival at the Park at City Center.
While these two events were the Woodstock Police Foundation’s largest events, the foundation utilized other events to raise funds as well as educate citizens on its mission and goals.
A motorcycle ride was held in October, which attracted 53 bikers. Riders departed from Wal-Mart Supercenter on Highway 92 and traveled the back roads of Cherokee County until it ended an hour and a half later at Guston's Grille.
Charitable donations were received and items were raffled off at the end of the ride.
A total of approximately $3,100.00 was raised for the Shop with a Hero program, an event held each December to benefit underprivileged kids in Woodstock during the Christmas season.
Members of the Woodstock Police Foundation also set up a booth during the Woodstock Summer Concert Series at the Park at City Center and sold tickets that gave residents the opportunity to enter into a drawing in which prizes were raffled off.
Those prizes included a grill, tickets to a Falcons game, Apple iPad, and other items were raffled off.
The success of the Woodstock Police Foundation would not have occurred if it weren't for the commitment and dedication of the members of the board.
A special thank you is given to the following 2012 board members: President John Bevilaqua, Vice-President Jay Dawson, Dr. Norm Colby and Phil Fauver.
The mission of the Woodstock Police Foundation is to obtain public and private funds to purchase resources as authorized by the Board of Directors to support the activities of the Woodstock Police Department and that will enhance its ability to render exemplary public service.
For additional information on the Woodstock Police Foundation, please visit the Foundation’s web site at:www.wpfoundation.org