The second annual Paint the Town Blue campaign, benefiting the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation (CPMF), will be held May 10 through May 20.
Businesses in the 19th Ward will participate by selling blue, silver and gold paper stars to customers at their locations. All sales will benefit the CPMF, a not-for-profit organization that provides support and financial assistance to the families of Chicago Police Department (CPD) officers killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty.
Businesses that will have stars available for purchase during the Paint the Town Blue campaign include the following: Barney Callaghan’s Pub, 10618 S. Western Ave.; Beverly Hills Garage, 2043 W. 95th St.; Burger King, 11020 S. Kedzie Ave.; County Fair, 10800 S. Western Ave.; Dunkin Donuts, 3206 W. 111th St.; Fox’s Beverly Pub, 9956 S. Western Ave.; Hippo’s, 3011 W. 111th St.; Joey’s Red Hots, 11500 S. Western Ave.; Live and Believe Nutrition, 2025 W. 95th St.; Lunettes Family Eyecare & Optical Boutique, 3402 W. 111th St.; The Original Pancake House–Beverly, 10437 S. Western Ave.; Original Rainbow Cone, 9233 S. Western Ave.; Shrader’s Goods, Inc., 3145 W. 111th St.; Southtown Health Foods, 2100 W. 95th St.; The Plug T-Shirt Store, 3652 W. 111th St.; and Treadfit, 10458 S. Western Ave.
Purchased stars will be displayed at those businesses. Blue stars are available for $1, silver stars $5 and gold stars $20. The inaugural Paint the Town Blue campaign raised over $15,000 for the CPMF.
On Friday, May 10, at 10 a.m., the Paint the Town Blue campaign will officially begin with a news conference at the Original Pancake House–Beverly. The conference will include CPMF Executive Director Phil Cline, 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea and Gold Star family members. The event will conclude with a special blessing of CPD 22nd District officers by the Rev. Thomas Hurley, pastor of Old St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church.
Immediately following, officers will be welcomed for a complimentary breakfast served by O’Shea and Julie Harrigan Wagner and Dick Harrigan, owners of The Original Pancake House–Beverly.
“We are so excited to have the opportunity to host the kick-off event for Paint the Town Blue this year, as last year was such a great success, and our team is looking forward to selling even more stars to our eager customers,” said Wagner. “Our family has great appreciation and affection for the Chicago Police Department, especially those women and men of the 22nd District. Businesses within our area are thriving, with many new businesses opening, thanks to the peace and order maintained by our officers. We are forever grateful for their commitment, and we appreciate the sacrifices that they and their families make each day.”
In an effort to raise additional funds for Paint the Town Blue, O’Shea, a member of the CPMF Advisory Board, will be a celebrity bartender at Barney Callaghan’s Pub on Friday, May 17, from 6 to 8 p.m.
For more information about the Paint the Town Blue campaign in the 19th Ward, visit the website at the19thward.com.
For more information about the CPMF, visit the website at cpdmemorial.org.