WESTFIELD, NJ — Four members of the Westfield Police Department (three riders and one support person) will participate in the Police Unity Tour this year, a bike tour that will take them 320 miles from Florham Park, NJ, to the Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, DC to raise awareness of police officers killed in the line of duty and raise money for the memorial.
“This includes general maintenance, landscaping and unfortunately adding new names to the wall every year. These funds are also helping to build the new museum across street from the memorial,” said Officer Billy KIeeman, a member of the Westfield PBA Cycling Team.
“It's an honor to be a part of this great event,” KIeeman said. “I feel that being a police officer it's part of my responsibility to make sure these officers who gave their lives to help and protect others are never forgotten.”
Several local fundraisers have been set up to raise money for the memorial and help cover the cost of the tour, which will take four days with overnight stops in Somerset NJ, Wilmington DE, Annapolis MD.
Restaurants will donate 10 percent of sales from these events, except TGI Friday’s, which will donate 20 percent:
Dining for a Cause - Outback (Springfield): Thursday, March 15 – 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Dining for a Cause - Buffalo Wild Wings (Watchung): Thursday, March 22 – 11 a.m. to midnight
Dining for a Cause - Five Guys (Westfield): Monday, March 26 – 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Dining for a Cause - TGI Friday's (Springfield): Thursday, March 29 – 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Dining for a Cause - Charlie Brown's (Scotch Plains): Wednesday, April 4 – 3 p.m. to midnight
Tap Takeover - Oh' Brian's on the Green (Clark): Saturday, April 7 - times TBD
Dining for a Cause - Stage House Tavern (Mountainside): Friday, April 20 – 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Other fundraisers include:
Little Nikki’s Radio concert - Stage House Tavern (Mountainside): Friday, April 20 – 10 p.m.
Bar Crawl - Cranford: Saturday, April 21 – 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Learn more about the Police Unity Tour and how to donate or become a sponsor at www.westfieldpbacyclingteam.com