On Thursday, November 29, 2018, family, friends and supporters of The Detective Rafael Ramos Foundation gathered at Lot 45 in Brooklyn, New York for our 1st Christmas Party and Toy Drive Fundraiser. The evening was hosted by J.W. Cortés and entertainment was provided by Tim Maurer, DJ Al Rojas and The NYPD Jazz Band. We were honored to have the event sponsored by The Gary Sinise Foundation, whose mission is "honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need."
A special thanks to the following honorees for their continued support of the foundation.
Jeni Marie Garcia-Cruz - Former Hispanic Society President; Juan Zubizarreta - PBA Trustee; Chief William Burns - NYPD Employee Relations; Rafael Barbosa - Port Morris Distillery; Norwinds Bar and Restaurant; Mr. Hugh O'Lunney - O'Lunney's Times Square Pub; Steve Calabrese - Natural Body; Katie Lusso - Brooklyn News 12.
We are also very thankful to Goya for helping us provide our Courage Scholarship to Chasity Aiden. This Scholarship is giving to a High School student who overcomes adversity on their way to higher learning. Special thanks to District Leader; Tommy Torres for helping us find Chasity and adding additional monies towards the Scholarship.
Thank you to everyone that came out and supported our fundraising event for our 2nd annual toy giveaway. With your support we can continue to grow and spread our message of bringing Policing and the community together, while honoring the memory of Det. Rafael Ramos and Det. Wenjian Lui.