The police have had a particularly difficult few years and I believe a bold statement of support is appropriate.
In that spirit Detective Kevin Schroeder and I have been organizing the annual Little Steven's Policeman's Ball with this year being our fourth event. All donations will be made through the 501(C)(3) Little Steven’s Policeman’s Ball, Inc. and are tax deductible.
The two funds we are benefiting are:
NYPD “With Arms Wide Open" for children with special needs
The Detective Endowment Association (DEA) Widows and Children Fund.
The event has become one of the two main fundraisers for the NYPD raising $750,000 for both charities over the course of the last 3 years.
This year we will be honoring one of my best friends, James F. Allen (Chairman - Hard Rock International / Chief Executive Officer - Seminole Gaming).
Responsible for all gaming, hospitality and entertainment operations at the Seminole Tribe of Florida since 2001, James F. Allen has guided the development of Seminole Gaming into one of the world’s most successful casino and integrated resort operators, with seven casino sites located throughout Florida.
As Chairman of Hard Rock International, Allen oversees all operations of one of the most globally-recognized brands, known for rock music and its signature cafes, hotels, casinos, memorabilia and live concerts. Under Allen’s leadership, Hard Rock has expanded its global presence from 46 to 74 countries since its 2007 acquisition, and grown from 125 cafes to 185, from nine hotels to 27 and from four casinos to 12, plus Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. Future Hard Rock hotel or hotel-casino projects include Berlin, Budapest, Desaru Coast, Dublin, London, Los Cabos, Madrid, Maldives, New York City, Ottawa, Sacramento, Dalian and Haikou in China.
Hard Rock International has also been deeply philanthropic since their beginning 46 years ago. In 2016 alone the Hard Rock Heals foundation gifted 1.3 million dollars to charitable causes around the world.
The idea is for the premium Donors to decide how many seats they want to use and donate the rest back for the police and their families to attend the event.
The Donors tables will be branded and they will receive a page in the Event program thanking the NYPD or whatever message they want.
As I said, it's time to make a very bold statement in support of the NYPD. This is it.
- Stevie Van Zandt
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