Fundraisers, how to help
Businesses and community groups have begun organizing fundraisers for the families of fallen St. Petersburg police officers Jeffrey A. Yaslowitz and Thomas J. Baitinger. Here's how you can help:
Suncoast Law Enforcement Charities is having T-shirts printed to raise funds for the officers' families. The T-shirts will sell for $15. They will be sold at the following locations:
Quaker Steak and Lube, 10400 49th St. N, Pinellas Park, Saturday and Sunday.
Suncoast PBA office, 14141 46th St. N #1205, Clearwater.
Kevin Hannigan Edward Jones Financial, 1216 66th St. N, St. Petersburg.
Signal 15 Law Enforcement Supply, 7500 Ulmerton Rd. Suite 24, Largo.
Woodlawn Car Wash, 2300 Dr. MLK St. N, St. Petersburg, Saturday and Sunday.
Baitinger/Yaslowitz Memorial Golf Tournament, Feather Sound Country Club, 2201 Feather Sound Drive, Clearwater. Feb. 21. $125 per golfer. Includes range balls, golf, grab bag and food. For more information, call (727) 532-1722.
1st Annual Bait and Yaz Wing Fest, Vinoy Park, Bayshore Drive and 7th Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Saturday. Endorsed by the Suncoast PBA, the Wing Fest will benefit the lives of the families of the fallen officers, will help establish a proper memorial for all St. Petersburg officers whose lives were sacrificed and will be used to purchase officer safety equipment. For more information, visit www.BaitandYazWingfest.org.
The Hideaway Cafe, 1756 Central Ave., is hosting a benefit for the families at noon Sunday. For more information, call (727) 644-7895.
The Renaissance Vinoy Resort, 501 5th Ave. NE, is hosting a fundraiser to benefit the families from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 8 at Al Fresco restaurant located on the second level of the hotel. There will be a raffle and a silent auction. Tampa Bay Rays Senior Advisor Dick Crippen will be the MC for the evening. The event is free and Al Fresco's will be having special food and drink prices. For more information, call (727) 821-0622.
Billy's Corner Barber Shop, 2031 Fourth St. N, is hosting a fundraiser called Cuts for Cops beginining at 9 a.m. Feb. 19. Three barbers will cut hair all day at the regular rate. All proceeds from the haircuts, a silent auction and a raffle will benefit the families. For more information, call (727) 512-5305.
A charity concert to benefit the families will take place from 3 to 9 p.m. Feb. 12 at Highlander Park, 1920 Pinehurst Rd. The concert will consist of live music from local bands and entertainers. Admission and parking is free, but donations are accepted. A ceremony will take place after sunset to remember the officers, which will include the playing of "Taps" and "Amazing Grace." For more information, call (727) 488-2423.
Three Astro Skate locations will be hosting a Daddy and Daughter Dance as a fundraiser for the Yaslowitz family. $30 per couple; $15 each additional child.
Anyone wishing to donate funds to the families of the two fallen officers may send contributions to: The Jeffrey Yazslowitz/Thomas Baitinger Memorial Fund at a local Wachovia Bank or to Suncoast Law Enforcement Charities, Inc., 14141 46th St. N, Suite 1205, Clearwater, FL 33762. For more information or to inquire about Credit Card donations, call (727) 532-1722.
The Tampa Bay Rays will donate a portion of the proceeds from their upcoming FanFest to the families of the officers. Admission and parking for the Feb. 19 event at Tropicana Field are free, but donations are required for some of the autograph sessions, and there will be a "garage sale" of game-used and autographed memorabilia dating back to the 1998 inaugural season.
Nikos Pizza and Seafood in the Forest Lakes Plaza, 3705 Tampa Road in Oldsmar, will have raffles and live music and will accept donations for the families of the slain officers from 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 5. Lorraine Yaslowitz, widow of Jeffrey Yaslowitz, teaches at nearby Forest Lakes Elementary.
Heroes of the St. Pete Police, a nonprofit foundation, has set up a fundraising drive to assist the officers' families, to create a memorial/monument in honor of those who lost their lives in the line of duty and to pay for specialty safety equipment outside the normal city budgetary process. The board is asking those interested in making a contribution to send checks, made payable to the Heroes of the St. Pete Police Department, to: "Heroes of the St. Pete Police," c/o Gregory, Sharer & Stuart, 100 Second Ave. S, #600, St. Petersburg 33701.
Please indicate whether the funds are to be used solely for the creation of the monument, for the families of the slain officers, or generally for the foundation. Visit www.heroesofthestpetepolice.org for more information.
Lakeside Medical Centers are collecting donations for the families, as well as donating 100 percent of proceeds from $5 flu shots and 50 percent of proceeds from all Urgent Care visits in the month of February. Lakeside is also offering Urgent Care coupons for anyone who wants to drop off a donation. There are eight Tampa Bay area locations:
• 3745 33rd St. N, St. Petersburg. (727)231-0154.
• 1400 East Bay Drive, Largo. (727)586-0047.
• 900 Carillon Parkway #106, St. Petersburg. (727)532-7661.
• 2323 Curlew Road, Dunedin. (727)781-3480.
• 1750 North 50th St., Tampa. (813)247-4489.
• 5406 Hoover Blvd. #21, Tampa. (813)248-8149.
• 2303 North Airport Road, Plant City. (813)752-1195.
• 10320 North 56th St., Temple Terrace. (813)980-3151.