The architect's sketch of what the Officers Memorial Garden will be once funds are collected to build it. The first round of fundraising will be done through local restaurants during National Police Week in May.

Area restaurants to help fund planned Officers Memorial Garden

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The architect's sketch of what the Officers Memorial Garden will be once funds are collected to build it. The first round of fundraising will be done through local restaurants during National Police Week in May.

Restaurants in the Pearland area are taking an active part in helping the Pearland Police Officers Association (PPOA) raise funds to build an Officers Memorial Garden to memorialize officers who have died in the line of duty.

The PPOA is asking local restaurants to assist with fundraising efforts by donating a portion of their sales on May 16, from 4 to 9 p.m.

This date coincides with the observance of National Police Week which runs May 14-20 this year.

So far, the following restaurants are taking part in the plan: Gringos, Jimmy Changa’s, Casa Ole, Chick Fil-A, Central Texas BBQ and Grazia Italian Kitchen.

The memorial will be placed on the grounds of the Pearland Police Department.

Designed by local contractor Todd Whistler, President of Architrave Construction & Design, Inc, the front of it will read: “Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God.” Matthew 5:9.

On the reverse will be portraits of officers who have died in the line of duty.

“This is strictly a private fundraising effort. No City of Pearland funds can or will be used,” PPOA President John DeSpain said.

Pearland Police Officers Association – Charities is a 501C3 organization.

For more information contact contact PPOA President John DeSpain at [email protected]

To learn more about the PPOA, please visit http://www.pearlandpoa.org.

Story by Karolyn Gephart