Monday, October 31, at 2pm
at 98 Chamounix Drive, next to McCarthy Stables in Fairmount Park.
Representatives of the City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Police Foundation, Philadelphia Labor Unions, Philadelphia Police Department, and supporters of the recently reestablished Philadelphia Police Department Mounted Patrol Unit will announce completion of an agreement between the City and the Foundation to build a $1.2 million, state-of-the-art home for the Police Department’s Mounted Patrol Unit’s horses and police officers.
The Philadelphia Police Foundation (www.phillypolicefoundation.com) is raising funds for construction through a program called “Pony Up for the Mounted Unit.” It is appealing to businesses, corporations, foundations and the general public to support this important community endeavor. A new barn facility is not included in the current city budget. Numerous Philadelphia Union Locals will be contributing pro bono construction services to make the barn a reality.
The Philadelphia Police Department’s Mounted Patrol Unit was reinstated last November after a hiatus of six years. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said the return of the Mounted Unit is important for the Police Department’s ability to fight crime, provide security at large gatherings, and make Fairmount Park safer.
Speakers will include: Mayor Michael Nutter; Jeff Kolansky, Secretary, Philadelphia Police Foundation; Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey; and State Senator Larry Farnese.
Harry Martin, Regional Director, Verizon Wireless, will present $10,000 check to Police Foundation for the new stable facility.
Also attending: Lt. Daniel McCann, Commanding Officer Mounted Patrol Unit; Jeff Kolansky, Maureen Rush, Janice Tangradi, Foundation Board Directors; Lauren McMenamin, Parx Casino & Racetrack; Mounted Patrol Unit police officers and horses; representatives from Last Chance Ranch, the Pennsylvania Equine Council, and the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horseman’s Association.