Police Unity Tour Pint Night, Round Two!
Each January, we celebrate Police Appreciation Month in Lower Township.
Every day, people around the world celebrate with a beer.
So, we’ll celebrate the policemen and -women who keep us safe each and every day with a beer! And we’ll raise money for a good cause along the way.
On Saturday, January 19th, we’ll be throwing our second Pint Night for the Police Unity Tour: Chapter II!
Founded in May of 1997, the Police Unity Tour seeks to bring public awareness of police officers who have died in the line of duty and to honor their sacrifices. Beginning with 18 officers on a four-day fundraising bicycle ride from Florham Park, NJ, to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, the organization has since grown into nine chapters consisting of nearly 2,500 members nationwide who make the trip annually, raising $2.6M last year for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
“January is Police Appreciation Month and we wanted to show our support for this important cause,” says Events Coordinator Randi Friel. “It is a privilege to be able to host an event like this that honors those that give so much to our community.”
For this Pint Night, a portion of our sales from 4-8pm will be donated to Chapter II of the Police Unity Tour. Last year’s Pint Night raised over $300, and we’re hoping to break that number this year.
“I would like to thank you for what you are doing and what you have done for the Police Unity Tour,” says Jon Gansert, Sr., a retired Sea Isle City police officer and Executive Board member of the Police Unity Tour: Chapter II. “The Police Unity Tour is very special to my wife Tina and me because our fathers were both Police Officers, along with a very good friend of ours, Michael P. Cullinane Sr.: one of my partners in Sea Isle City who died in the line of duty saving a construction worker from a 30-foot hole. Being part of the Police Unity Tour is how we intend on keeping Mickey’s name and legacy alive.”
Between their founding in 1997 and 2005, the Police Unity Tour was able to pledge $5M toward the establishment of the National Law Enforcement Museum, and the 2010 ride was in support of the restoration of the walls of the National Law Enforcement Memorial.
“The local officers that ride in the tour with us all have their own personal reasons why they raise money to ride the 250 miles to Washington,” Jon says. “They may ride for friends that have died in the line of duty or simply for the fact that they want the officers who gave their lives to never be forgotten.”
On May 12th, more than 2,400 participants, including riders, motorcyclists, and support personnel will arrive at the National Law Enforcement Memorial, including over 200 members of the local branch of the organization, Chapter II. They depart from a town in South Jersey, stopping in Delaware and Maryland, before merging with the original North Jersey organization, Chapter I, for the final leg of the tour.
“It is very exciting to have Cape May Brewing Company supporting the Police Unity Tour in our endeavors to raise money for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial,” Jon says, “so that those officers who have given the ultimate sacrifice are never forgotten.”
So, be sure to join us this weekend! We’ll see you there.