Donors wanted for huge helmet giveaway in Stamford
STAMFORD—Stamford police officers are raising money for their annual bicycle helmet giveaway at the end of the month and they are looking for more donors.
On Saturday, April 27, the police officers union, the Stamford Police Association, will be hosting the 25th Annual Timothy Coppola Bicycle Helmet giveaway at Fairway Market in Stamford from 9 to 1 p.m.
The event, which began in 1994, was started by police Officer Glenn Coppola in memory of his 10-year-old son, Timothy, who died as a result of a bicycling accident. Timothy always wore a helmet, but he forgot to put it on the day he took a friend’s bike for a spin and crashed into a neighbor’s car in August 1992, his family said. He suffered a massive head injury and died in May 1994.
It is the mission of the giveaway to raise safety awareness and to prevent another family from the horror of losing a child.
Officer John Buehler, who is organizing the event with David O’Meara, said more than 25,000 helmets have been given away at the yearly event over the past quarter century.
The association has established four levels of sponsorships for this year’s event. At each level the sponsors will be provided with a table at the even to advertise their business or to hand our promotional items to community members who come for the event. The Bronze level is for donations up to $250, Silver for donations up to $500, Gold for donations from $500 to $999 and Platinum for donations $1,000 or more.
For anyone else interested in providing support, but are unable to sponsor, the Association gratefully accepts contributions. Checks can be made out to the Stamford Police Association and please note “Timothy Coppola” on the memo line.
The association is a tax exempt social welfare organization and contributions are tax deductible. Donations may also be mailed to the Stamford Police Association at 805 Bedford Street, Stamford, CT 06901.