CPF Community Partner of the Month Award Recipients
2021 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
Niko Frangos is a Cleveland business development leader and entrepreneur. He is also the president of Rascal House Pizza, founded by his parents forty years ago.
Niko has always been a supporter of the Cleveland Division of Police, the Cleveland Police Foundation, and promoter of Police-Community relations. For the past thirty years, he has been there to assist with the Gun Buy-Back Program, Cops for Kids Fishing Outings, numerous events presented by now-retired Captain Keith Sulzer, and of course the Police Athletic League (PAL) Christmas Party.
When asked about Niko Frangos, the Executive Director of PAL and retired CPD Sergeant Bob Kumazec stated “The entire Frangos family has been a strong supporter of the Cleveland Police Athletic League for a long time and they never failed to assist us anytime we called upon them. We are very fortunate to have them as a community partner.”
It is because of his devotion to the community and law enforcement that the Cleveland Police Foundation is honored to name Niko Frangos (Rascal House) as its Community Partner of the Month for April 2021.
March Community Partner of the Month
Billy Sharp, Jeff Brown, and Geoffrey Ledwidge
Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, true support has been shown for the men and women of the Cleveland Division of Police!
Sparked by the effort and encouragement of Cleveland Police Foundation board member Dr. Yvonne Pointer, the crew of Billy Sharp, Jeff Brown, and Geoffrey Ledwidge visited all five police districts and the Public Safety Central Building to provide food for our Heroes in Blue.
The delicious dinners, breakfast sandwiches, doughnuts and coffee were provided by McDonalds, Angie’s Soul Cafe, Chic Fil A, and Beckham’s B&M Bar B Que. Additional donations for these food giveaways were received by Hope Haven, the Jeff Brown Radio Show and the Urban League Guild. A big thank you goes out to all that participated in this effort!
With special thanks and congratulations, it is because of their dedication to the Cleveland Division of Police that the Cleveland Police Foundation is honored to name Billy Sharp, Jeff Brown, and Geoffrey Ledwidge as its Community Partners of the Month for March 2021.
February Community Partner of the Month
Wade Park School
The students, staff, and families of Wade Park School (Kindergarten – 8th grade) have been terrific friends and partners to the Cleveland Division of Police, the Cleveland Police Foundation, and the entire City of Cleveland!
Over the last few years, the CPD and CPF have worked with Wade Park School and their principal, Dr. Lee Clinton Buddy Jr., as well as Paraprofessional Eloise Bullock. They collaborated on several projects including beautifying the school through planting flowers, ice skating at Public Square, Cooking with Cops at Dave’s Supermarket, and getting together just to get to know each other.
After the 2020 May riots in Cleveland, the students and staff from the school came downtown and cleaned up much of the mess. This is indicative of the leadership of the staff at Wade Park, understanding that teaching our children about responsibility, understanding, and caring about their community are cornerstones of building a stronger Cleveland!
It is because of their dedication to the community and the Cleveland Division of Police that the Cleveland Police Foundation is honored to name Wade Park School as its Community Partner of the Month for February 2021.
Community Partner of the Month