The Davenport Police Association Local 2 and the Davenport Union of Professional Police will hold the third annual Charity Trivia Night on Oct. 19.
All money raised will help the police organizations fund their annual charity events, namely the annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the Handicapped Development Center and the annual Domestic Violence Shelter Christmas Toy Drive.
“The Handicapped Development Center is a local nonprofit organization that has been providing assistance and outreach to handicapped individuals in our community since 1969,” Davenport Police Sgt. Eric Gruenhagen said. “Each year, the Handicapped Development Center hosts a Thanksgiving meal for all its clientele.
“For more than 20 years, the Davenport Police Association has been the financial support for this very special event, which features officers helping serve the meals.”
This will be the 10th year for the annual toy drive to the domestic violence shelter, Gruenhagen said. The toy drive is for the children who are in the shelter over the holidays.
“The shelter is a place for families and children to go when staying at home becomes dangerous,” Gruenhagen said. No child should be without a toy at Christmas, he added.
“Unfortunately, the problem is growing,” Gruenhagen said of the need for the domestic violence shelter. “A contributing factor is that with the economy so bad, people are having a difficult time finding any employment to pay the bills. It creates the perfect storm for stress at home. Not that it’s an excuse. It’s not. But it can be a contributing factor.”
Toys that are not given away are used for children’s birthdays or to comfort children when they first enter the shelter.
The toy drive began in 2002 when the shelter was burglarized and all the toys for the children were stolen. At that time, the Davenport Police Association and Union of Professional Police stepped in with Gold’s Gym to mount a toy drive that replaced the toys.
The next year was skipped, but the drive has been going strong since.
If You Go
Trivia Night will be held Oct. 19 at the Knights of Columbus, 1111 W. 35th St., Davenport. Doors open at 6 p.m. Games begin at 7 p.m. There will be 50/50 cash prizes, door prizes, grand prizes, awards for first, second and third place, and a cash bar and snacks. There will be 30 tables with eight players on a team. The cost is $15 per person. To reserve a table or to make a donation, email DPDtrivia@gmail.com.