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NOPD AND COMMUNITY LEADERS TO HOST BENEFIT FOR OFFICER JONATHAN SMITH

NOPD AND COMMUNITY LEADERS TO HOST BENEFIT
FOR OFFICER JONATHAN SMITH

Tickets are now available, and all proceeds will go directly to injured Officer Smith

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, the New Orleans Police Department and community leaders announced a fundraiser will be held for NOPD Officer Jonathan Smith on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m., at Generations Hall located at 310 Andrew Higgins Drive.

Smith was shot multiple times while working an off-duty detail at Gene’s Po-Boys at the corner of Elysian Fields and St. Claude Avenues on September 14, 2014. As a result of the shooting, Smith spent two weeks in the hospital. He is currently at home recovering from his injuries.Although Smith has a long road ahead of him, he is expected to make a full recovery. Smith, a four year member of the NOPD Fifth District, is a single father of two children.

“Like every officer who wears the badge, Officer Smith put his life on the line every day to protect the residents and visitors of our community. Now we’re asking for the community to give back in his time of need. Your support will allow Officer Smith to focus entirely on his recovery rather than his mounting medical expenses,” said NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison.

The Saints-themed fundraiser, dubbed “Black & Gold Night”, includes a Saints black and gold costume contest. The evening will include restaurant tastings, a silent auction and a musical performance by the Kandeeside band. All funds generated from the benefit will go toward Officer Smith’s unpaid and future medical bills as well as his loss of income.

Advance tickets are $25 per person and are available at any NOPD District Station or online at www.nopjf.org/. Tickets at the door are $30. All tickets include complimentary restaurant tastings and three beverages.

Silent Auction items are needed for the event. For questions regarding donations or sponsorships, please email Nancy Lytle atnancylytle50@yahoo.com or call 504-539-7281.

Monetary donations can be mailed and made payable to the New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation with Jonathan Smith noted in the memo line of the check. Also, an Officer Jonathan Smith Benefit Account has been established. Donations can be made at any Gulf Coast Bank & Trust branch location in New Orleans, Jefferson, Kenner, Mandeville, Covington, Slidell, St. Bernard and Baton Rouge.

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Media Contact: Tyler Gamble at tagamble@nola.gov or 504-658-5864

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