FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - The Fort Worth Police Officers' Association is hosting a festival at Panther Island Pavilion this weekend to raise money for the kids they meet on calls.
The association started "Cops 4 Kids," a 501c3 charity created in 2003, to raise money to buy kids clothes, food or toys.
"That enables the officer to call us and say, 'Hey, this is the situation we have over here,' without the officer having to dig into their own pocket," says FWPOA Vice President Carolyn Gilmore. "Most of the time, that is what happens: the officers do dig into their own pocket."
Since Cops 4 Kids was founded, Gilmore says the group has helped 5,000 children.
"Fort Worth police officers want to do more that just serve our community in a police car," she says. "This is another avenue to serve our community."
Fort Worth Police Honor Guard and Pipes & Drums start the event Friday night at 6:30.
A car show scheduled for Saturday was canceled due to forecast rain, but the cook-off will continue, with judging starting at 11:00 am. A live auction begins at 5:45 pm.
Texas country artist Tanner Fenoglio performs at 7:00 p.m.
Admission and parking are free. Tickets to participate in BBQ judging start at $30.
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