CPF Community Partner of the Month Award Recipients
2019 Community Partner Award Recipients
The Cleveland Police Foundation has implemented the Community Partner of the Month Award, given to individuals from the community who strive to support the mission goals of The Cleveland Division of Police and the CPF. These good folks support law enforcement and continue on a daily basis to help improve their individual neighborhoods. Award recipients receive a plaque and appropriate recognition. Thank you to these achievers!
April Community Partner of the Month
Joe Charboneau and Enzo Maddalena
Joe Charboneau, the 1980 MLB Rookie of the Year for the Cleveland Indians, and Enzo Maddalena, owner of Masters of Disasters (a restoration company), have continually supported the Cleveland Police Foundation and Cleveland Cops for Kids.
They have been incredibly generous over the years, not only donating financially, but taking the time to attend many of the Cops for Kids fundraisers. Joe has donated jerseys and signed memorabilia at events to help raise money so that CPD officers can connect with their community and most importantly the children.
It was fitting that the Community Partner plaques were presented to Joe and Enzo at a fundraiser they were hosting for charity on April 1st, the Cleveland Indians Opening Day!!
Thank you Joe and Enzo for helping provide resources for the Cleveland Police Foundation and Cleveland Cops for Kids to connect with the community!!
It is because of this devotion and dedication to the children and officers in our community that the Cleveland Police Foundation is honored to name Joe Charboneau and Enzo Maddalena as Community Partners of the Month for April 2019.
March Community Partner of the Month
Edgewater Yacht Club
The Edgewater Yacht Club has been hosting the Cops/Kids fishing event for the past ten years rain or shine with no questions asked. Their support for the kids, mostly from the Boys and Girls Club has been outstanding, and they have provided an outlet for the kids that may have never had before and that is an opportunity to take a boat ride, go fishing and eat lunch with officers from the Cleveland Division of Police.
As stated earlier this partnership began ten years ago when then Chief of Police, Mike McGrath was asked at a community meeting if he would consider setting up fishing trips on Lake Erie for inner city youths and he responded by saying, “I would look into the request and see if I can make it happen.” Chief McGrath then contacted Captain Wayne Bratton of the Holiday Fishing charters and the Edgewater Yacht Club and the partnership began. Safety Director McGrath was contacted for this write up and stated, “I am extremely proud that the Edgewater Yacht Club and the Cleveland Police Foundation have continued these summer fishing trips so that our kids from the community can interact with our officers in a positive way.”
It is because of this devotion and dedication to the children and officers in our community that the Cleveland Police Foundation is honored to recognize the Edgewater Yacht Club as our Community Partner of the Month for March 2019.
February Community Partner of the Month
Linda Litto has been a tireless and committed advocate of the community for many years. She has served the people of Ward 14, Ward 3, and now serves Ward 16 as the executive assistant to Councilman Brian Kazy. Linda volunteers as the president of the Monroe Street Cemetery Foundation, overseeing the restoration and care of the historic cemetery, and is a volunteer member of the Second District Police/Community Relations Committee.
Linda is constantly looking for ways for the community to join with the police, Cleveland City Hall, and neighborhood groups through projects which bring them together to promote increased communication and trust. Linda volunteers to help out at Cops for Kids events, sells tickets to help with fundraising, and promotes as well as financially supports the Cleveland Police Foundation charities.
Captain Keith Sulzer says of Linda, “Linda is kind, loving, and dedicated! Her concern for others is inspirational and this city and our community are fortunate to have such a wonderful example of community service.”
It is because of her dedication and devotion to the community that the Cleveland Police Foundation is honored to name Linda Litto as Community Partner of the Month for February 2019.
January Community Partner of the Month
Target, Steelyard Commons
The Cleveland Police Foundation announces its Community Partner of the Month: our good friends at Target at Steelyard Commons!
Target has been a tremendous partner for not only the Cleveland Police Foundation but also for Cleveland Police. Since opening at Steelyard, they have donated school supplies, clothing, and a variety of supplies for those in need in our community. Target has also been a major sponsor of National Night Out Against Crime. This event, hosted by Steelyard Owner First Interstate Management Group, is the largest NNO gathering in Cleveland.
Target offers large discounts to our Cleveland Police Patrolman Association’s “Shop with a Cop” which provides a Christmas shopping spree for children who have been affected by crime. They also offered steep discounts to Skylight Financial Group’s Toy Drive for the Holidays, which offers thousands of gifts to Cleveland Cops for Kids for Christmas presents to needy families all over Cleveland.
“Steelyard Target has been a wonderful partner to CPF and Cleveland Police for more than 12 years! Whether it’s a bicycle for a child victim of crime, a Christmas tree for a struggling family, or gift cards to help support an event, Steelyard Target has been a blessing to the Cleveland Police Foundation, Cleveland Cops for Kids, and our community!” – Captain Keith Sulzer, CPF Liaison Officer
It is because of their dedication and generosity that we name Steelyard Target the Cleveland Police Foundation Community Partner of the Month for January 2019.