Po­lice as­so­ci­a­tion set to present com­edy night

The Colonial - - FRONT PAGE - By Carl Rotenberg

croten­berg@jour­nal­reg­is­ter.com

The lead­ers of the Lower Prov­i­dence Po­lice As­so­ci­a­tion (LPPA) are work­ing hard this year to ex­pand the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s phil­an­thropic ef­forts and strengthen the union.

A por­tion of the pro­ceeds from an­nual fundrais­ing LPPA drives are dis­trib­uted to community or­ga­ni­za­tions by the 29-mem­ber po­lice union, said Cpl. Matthew Kuh­n­ert, the pres­i­dent of the LPPA. He was elected in Jan­uary to the two-year term.

“We have an an­nual fund drive with mail­ers. The last time it was done was 2010,” Kuh­n­ert said. “We raised about $18,000. We con­trib­ute to the an­nual Christ­mas tree lighting, the town­ship food drive, Mis­sion Kids and the Marc Small 5K run.”

The mem­ber­ship of the union LV VHl­lLnJ $30 WLFNHWV IRU Dn 2FW. 6 com­edy night fea­tur­ing “Joe Con­klin and friends” at the IBEW Lo­cal 380 hall, 3900 Ridge Pike, Lower Prov­i­dence. The 7 p.m. IunGUDLVHU LV D BY2B HvHnW WKDW in­cludes soft drinks and food.

“More than 120 tick­ets have been sold. We were hop­ing to be at 200 tick­ets right now,” said Kuh­n­ert. “Four hun­dred would be the num­ber we are shoot­ing for.”

7KH RULJLnDl EHnH­fiFLDUy wDV go­ing to be the po­lice union, but with the shoot­ing death of PlymRuWK 3RlLFH 2IfiFHU BUDG )R[ 6HSW. 13, WKH EHnH­fiFLDUy wDV switched to the chil­dren of Bradley and Lyn­say Fox.

“When some­thing like this hap­pens, our law en­force­ment community comes to­gether,” Kuh­n­ert said. “All the pro­ceeds wLll EH GRnDWHG WR WKH 2IfiFHU Brad Fox memo­rial fund. The 200-ticket level is a break-even point and we’re hop­ing that we get well above that.”

The com­edy night will fea­ture D UDIflH WR wLn VSRUWV PHPRUDELlLD and gift cards for lo­cal busi­nesses.

WMMR-FM has do­nated a prize pack­age of two concert tick­ets to a Three Days Grace concert at the TLA and to a fu­ture “Pre­ston and Steve” show on WMMR.

For in­for­ma­tion about the po­lice as­so­ci­a­tion, go to www.lppa. us or www.low­er­prov­i­den­ce­po­lice­as­so­ci­a­tion.com.

The as­so­ci­a­tion do­nated $800 to the fam­ily of a Ben­salem, Bucks CRunWy, SRlLFH RI­fiFHU wKR lRVW pos­ses­sions last year in a house fiUH. 7KHy DlVR PDGH D GRnDWLRn WR the fam­ily of a Lower Me­rion polLFH RI­fiFHU DIWHU KH GLHG, VDLG 3Dtrol­man Reg­gie Neily, a com­mit­tee mem­ber for the com­edy night.

Kuh­n­ert and the as­so­ci­a­tion lead­er­ship want to continue the strong char­ity as­pect of the or­ga­ni­za­tion and work on sup­ple­men­tLnJ UHWLUHHV’ UHWLUHPHnW EHnH­fiWV.

“The as­so­ci­a­tion has not been very strong. Per­haps it has been a lack of iden­tity and long-term goals or a lack of com­mis­sion,” Kuh­n­ert said. “I want to move us for­ward in the com­ing years. We do a lot of brain­storm­ing.”

“WH RwH LW WR RuU UHWLUHG RI­fi­cers to help them out as much as pos­si­ble,” he said. “We have 10 UHWLUHHV UHFHLvLnJ EHnH­fiWV.”

Photo by GENE WALSH

Lower Prov­i­dence po­lice Cpl. Matthew Kuh­n­ert, left, and Pa­trol­man Reg­gie Nealy and the Lower Prov­i­dence Po­lice As­so­ci­a­tion are or­ga­niz­ing a com­edy night Oct. 6 to ben­e­fit Bradley and Lyn­say Fox’s chil­dren.

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