CHEPACHET, RI (November 29, 2004) - The Police Officers Safety Association, in conjunction with Smith & Wesson is hosting the first Isabella de Bethencourt Memorial COPS4KIDS Match on March 19, 2005. All proceeds from this law enforcement tactical style match will benefit the Jimmy Fund at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
In May 2003, eleven-month old Isabella de Bethencourt succumbed to cancer at Children's Hospital in Boston, MA after living most of her short life there. In appreciation of the selfless, Herculean efforts that the hospital staff made to save her life, Isabella's parents, Heather and Michael, created an event to raise money for the hospital to help other children like Isabella. Since Michael de Bethencourt is a well-known police trainer, a pistol match seemed like a natural way to combine some fun with fundraising for a worthy cause. This event is open to all members of the law enforcement community and will be held at the prestigious Smith & Wesson Academy in Springfield, MA.
Sponsorships are available on a first-come, first-serve basis for stage sponsors ($3,000), gold sponsors ($2,500), silver sponsors ($1,500 to $2,499), and bronze and product sponsors. All donations are tax deductible and must be reserved by January 5, 2005.
For information on how to be a sponsor or to participate, log on to www.posacops4kids.com or call 401-568-9930.
The Police Officers Safety Association's (POSA) mission is to increase the safety and effectiveness of law enforcement officers and to enhance the security of our communities by offering free and low-cost advanced education and training to law enforcement officers. POSA, based in Chepachet, Rhode Island, receives no state or federal funding and is supported solely by concerned citizens.