4th Annual SWAT Team Fundraiser for Sally’s House
The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team raised over $6000.00 during this year’s fundraiser for Sally’s House. This year, they raised funds by putting together the official 2019 SWAT Team calendar and their efforts, with the help of some photography by Tina McQuitty, shined surpassing last year’s fundraising total. This afternoon, they spent some time with the children and presented Sally’s House and Salvation Army staff with the donation.
This is the fourth year the SWAT Team has raised funds to help Sally’s House, a well deserving emergency receiving facility for children (2-12 years of age) who have been removed from their home due to abuse, neglect, abandonment or criminal activity.
When you hear about a SWAT Team, it brings to mind intense situations where well-trained Deputies arrive with specialized equipment as they work toward resolving an extremely dangerous, possibly life-threatening situation or serve a high-risk warrant and apprehend an armed, violent offender but not today.
Today, our team spent some time with the children at Sally’s House and the staff of the Salvation Army. They also presented a check for $6,160, a donation they raised as a team, to help Sally’s House provide the wonderful and much-needed assistance and stability to children in our community.
They decided four years ago; they wanted to work together to give back to our community.
The first year, they raised funds internally and choose to donate the $1,000 to Sally’s House, a place for children in need, a place for them to be safe. After meeting the children and seeing the smiles on their faces as they looked at the equipment and asked questions, they wanted to do more in true SWAT Team fashion.
The second year, the idea grew, and the Fund “Razor” event emerged, leading to a fun way to get others involved. The Fund “Razor” became an event where Lieutenant Jay McNall and Sergeant Mike Zollars volunteered to shave off their beloved mustaches as motivation for Team Members to sell raffle tickets. In 2017, the SWAT Team donated $3,500 to Sally’s House.
In 2018, the Fund “Razor” raffle brought the entire Team’s fashionable hairstyles into play. They asked supporters to donate and vote to select a member of the team who would win a free opportunity to shave their head completely bald. The popular vote revealed Sergeant Whapeles as the winner of the free, and complete haircut, raising $5,635 for Sally’s House.
This year, after rethinking the potential loss of their own hair, they decided to go with the 2019 SWAT Team calendar, and as usual, they found a way to succeed, surpassing 2018’s efforts.
We are incredibly proud of the hard work, dedication, and professionalism of our SWAT Team and we thank them for their hard work and desire to always be willing to help no matter the need.