“In 2010, over 50,000 law enforcement officers were assaulted while performing their duties,” Kristi Weldon, spokeswoman for the Holly Springs-based NobleHeroes Foundation, said in a statement about national statistics. “On average, over 38,000 firefighters are injured each year. At any given time, 10 percent of all [emergency medical technicians] and paramedics are missing work because of a job-related injury or illness.”
The pub’s parent company, Dunwoody Restaurant Group, came up with the idea for the benefit, which in 2011 raised $24,000 to help defray medical, travel and housing expenses for public safety officials throughout the U.S.
“The funds raised from last year’s event particularly helped us provide a living space to a family of a Virginia deputy who was shot and paralyzed from the waist down,” Jason Muenzer, the foundation’s president and founder, said about a patient at the Shepherd Center in Buckhead. “It is our goal to make sure that families like the deputy’s do not have to worry about funding when their loved one is suffering or even facing death.”
Funds will be raised from raffle items like Georgia Aquarium tickets, a SweetWater Brewery tour for 10, Starbucks gift baskets, bar décor and other items appearing on the foundation’s Facebook page.
“In addition, we will have an auction around 4 p.m.,” Muenzer said. “Auction items will include an autographed Jimmy Buffet guitar, a Pink Floyd record album signed by Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Rick Wright and Nick Manson, an autographed Eagles drumhead, an autographed Elton John photo and an autographed 16x20-inch poster of ‘The Godfather.’ We are also asking that antique car and motorcycle enthusiasts bring their motor vehicles to the event for a chance to win a first-, second- or third-place trophy.”
The real winners, however, will be the beneficiaries.
“By coming to this event you are showing your support to the men and women who put their lives on the line to help ensure the safety of our families and friends,” Muenzer said. “They help us. Now, we help them.”
If you go:
o What: HeroRock
o When: Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m.
o Where: Ship and Anchor Pub, 5975 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs
o Cost: free admission; raffle tickets $5 eachn Benefits: NobleHeroes Foundationn
o Information: (800) 437-6710 or www.nobleheroes.org