The Lake County Deputy Sheriff’s Association is committed to making Christmas special for many Lake County children. Each year the Lake County Deputy Sheriff’s Association holds a Shop with a Cop event to provide underprivileged youth in our county with a Christmas shopping experience. To make this event a success we created an annual fundraiser called, “Christmas in July”. We learned the hard way that having a fundraiser during fire season was problematic. So we have moved our annual event to November and will simply call it the “Shop with a Cop Benefit Fundraiser.” This annual event raises money to pair children with local law enforcement at a shopping event to purchase necessities as well as gifts.
This idea started after the devastating Valley Fire in 2015, when we shopped with 50 children. Since that time, the Lake County Deputy Sheriff’s Association has continued to grow the Shop with a Cop event. At the shopping event, children are paired one on one with a local uniformed law enforcement officer and get to spend 200.00 dollars each. They are required to get a coat, a pair of pants and shoes, and the remaining money can be used on whatever the child desires. The annual Shop with a Cop experience brings an undeniable connection between officers and children, which aides in breaking down barriers between local youth and local law enforcement.
At the 2021 shopping event, we were able to shop with 165 children. The children for the shopping event are chosen by each of the school districts within Lake County. The goal for our 2022 shopping event would be to shop with 200 children.
For the 2022 Fundraising Benefit Dinner, we are selling a limited number of dinner tables with 8 seats for $600.00 or $1,000 a table if you would like to be an official event sponsor. So gather some friends, family or co-workers together and come have some fun. Or, your business could purchase a table and bring your employees to the event to share the fun and the incredible barbeque dinner. There will be various raffle items (including firearms), live-auction items, and a dessert auction. Donations for our raffle and auctions are needed and greatly appreciated! If you can’t attend the dinner and would still like to be an official sponsor, the minimum donation is $500.00. Fundraising Event Tables can be purchased by contacting event organizers John Drewrey and Todd Dunia at; [email protected]