TAMPA — With three family-friendly events scheduled in the next week, people who want to donate to the grieving family of slain Tampa police Cpl. Mike Roberts have more options than heading to a local credit union.
From radio-controlled car racing to a professional hockey scrimmage to a barbecue, there are lots of choices.
Friday night, families can head over to Ronnie Setser Customs, 7321/2 N Dale Mabry Highway, where they'll be racing radio-controlled cars to raise money for Roberts' family.
Roberts was shot to death Aug. 19 while checking on a suspicious person. He leaves a 3-year-old son and a wife.
Setser said his company hosts the races every Friday. This time, all proceeds from registration fees and food vendors will go to the cause. There will also be custom and classic car displays, a raffle and a donation box.
Setser's brother, Tampa police Officer Kenny Setser, will be there with other officers to show their support. Call (813) 879-1616 or go to www.ronniesetser.com for more details.
On Saturday, hockey fans can catch an exhibition game between the Tampa police hockey team and current and former members of the Tampa Bay Lightning at Fan Fest 2009.
The free festival, which includes a youth hockey clinic and autograph sessions, is from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., and the charity scrimmage starts at 5 p.m.
Players will auction off autographed jerseys after the game for the memorial fund.
Donations will also be collected at stations throughout the St. Pete Times Forum at 401 Channelside Drive during the day.
And hungry donors can stop by the Veterans of Foreign Wars post at 2010 W Morrison Ave. on Sept. 5 and grab a bite of barbecue to help.
The cookout and an antique car show starts at 1 p.m. and costs $10 a plate for a helping of barbecued chicken, ribs, coleslaw, baked beans and a roll. Grill masters will also be selling hamburgers and hot dogs separately.
For more information about the cookout, call (813) 254-2011.
For those not able to attend the events, or looking to donate more, checks can be made payable to the Tampa Police Memorial Fund and mailed 411 N Franklin St., Tampa, FL 33602. Write "Cpl. Mike Roberts Memorial Fund" on the memo line of the check.
Also, account No. 538412 has been set up with Tampa Bay Federal Credit Union.
Those checks should be made out to Cynthia Roberts or the Tampa Police Memorial Fund. Donations can be made at any Tampa Bay Federal Credit Union in the area.