Madison Police Continue to "Give Back"
Wounded Warrior Project Awarded $15,000
On September 17, 2010, The Madison Professional Police Officers Association (MPPOA) and Association of Madison Police Supervisors (AMPS) held their 11th Annual Charity Golf Outing at the Yahara Hills Golf Course. This event raised over $15,000 for this year's beneficiary, The Wounded Warrior Project.
The mission of this program is to honor and empower severely injured service members through raising public awareness of the needs of these service members as well as providing unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured veterans.
This year's donation was made in memory of those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan whose family members work within the Madison Police Department Family.
Sgt. Josh Brennan -son of Officer Mike Brennan
Cpl. Mathew Grimm - nephew of retired Investigator Greg Martin
Cpl. Rachael Hugo - daughter of West Police District Custodian Kermit Hugo
Sgt. Mark Maida - son of retired Detective Ray Maida
The Wounded Warrior Project helped SSgt. Yegor Bodarenko, friend and comrade of Sgt. Mark Maida. SSgt. Bodarenko lost an arm as a result of the IED explosion that killed Sgt. Maida. After spending time with the Wounded Warrior Project, SSgt. Bodarenko completed a cross country bike ride, the "Soldier Ride," in memory of Sgt. Mark Maida. You can read about SSgt. Bodarenko's Soldier Ride at http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,208245,00.html
Since 1999, the MPPOA and AMPS, the unions representing commissioned personnel of the City of Madison Police Department, have organized an annual charity golf event to raise money for a variety of local, non-profit charities. The unions could not have made these events possible without the combined effort from the civilian staff of the Madison Police Department, as well.
To date, over $105,000 has been raised for local charities such as:
The Ronald McDonald House
The Law Enforcement Memorial
The Susan G Komen Foundation
UW Children's Hospital
Madison Area Crime Stoppers
Dane County Victim/Witness
Meals on Wheels
Dane County's Crime Response Program
RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) of Dane County Volunteers
The Foundation for Madison's Public School's High School Athletics Endowment Fund
The Madison Police Department Mounted Patrol Unit
The Wounded Warrior Project
The men and women of the Madison Police Department, both commissioned and non-commissioned, are proud to share a strong sense of community here in Madison and recognize the importance of doing their part to support charitable organizations that make a positive difference for the community.
- Joel DeSpain, 266-4897