This past Saturday, July 23, the Pearland Elks Lodge and the Pearland VFW Post partnered together to host the Backing the Badge event for the Pearland Police officers and their families. The event also hosted many of our local city officials including Mayor Tom Reid who delivered a heartwarming speech about the dedication and sacrifice our police officers make for all of us every day. It was a very successful event with all proceeds benefiting the Pearland 100 Club. Throughout the evening, close to 300 were in attendance and enjoyed a wonderful fajita dinner that was completely donated by Gringo’s Mexican Kitchen which included the set up and service from 7 of their amazing staff. With 13 local businesses and individual citizens sponsoring tables at $1,000 each, a huge silent auction that included many items also donated by local businesses, event t-shirt and wrist band sales, the funds were building. The Elks and the VFW are honored to say that this Backing the Badge event raised approximately $18,000 to be presented to the Pearland 100 Club.
Photos by Kathy Hickey