In a pre-game ceremony on August 7, 2012, the New York Mets invited members of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund’s Ambassador & Guardian Program onto the field to receive the Mets Spirit Award. Memorial Fund Director of Development & Law Enforcement Relations, John Shanks, accepted the award on behalf of all Law Enforcement Ambassadors & Guardians, volunteer leaders who work tirelessly to honor and support the law enforcement community. During the presentation, John Shanks was joined by Memorial Fund Law Enforcement Relations Associate, Tyler Gately, as well as Memorial Fund Ambassadors Brent Clark, Stuart and Lisa Levine, Chris and Erin Shoppmeyer, Pat Kissane, and Greg Williams.
The August 7th match-up between the NY Mets and Miami Marlins was designated as Law Enforcement Appreciation Night, and more than 500 law enforcement officers and their families were in attendance. The New York Police Department Honor Guard presented the colors at the opening ceremony.
The Memorial Fund relies on volunteer leaders who help organize and promote Law Enforcement Appreciation Events like this one—many at sporting venues throughout America. A full schedule of Law Enforcement Appreciation Events is available at www.LawMemorial.org/Sports.
A special thanks to Brent Clark, a Memorial Fund Ambassador from New York, who was instrumental in working with the NY Mets to organize this event, along with Stuart and Lisa Levine, who brought a large group from their company, The Zellman Group. Stuart also arranged for recording artist Range to perform his single “Lay it Down,” a tribute to fallen law enforcement officers. Range is generously donating the full proceeds of his song to the Memorial Fund. It is available to download in the iTunes store.
To learn more about how you can become a Law Enforcement Ambassador or Guardian, visit http://www.nleomf.org/contribute/ambassadors/ or contact Tyler Gately, Law Enforcement Relations Associate, at TGately@nleomf.org or 202.737.8539.