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Sergeant Andy Ezzo
The Greater Cleveland
Police Scholarship Fund was incorporated on August 6th,
1999 as a non-profit 501C3 organization. The Board of Trustees
include: Andrew Ezzo, President; Sergeant Shamode Wimberly, Vice
President; and Carmen Hernandez, Treasurer.
The Scholarship Fund was established to continue and add to what
the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association (CPPA) began in
1998. The Scholarship Fund supports the education of High
School Seniors in the greater Cleveland area and provides
support to surviving families of slain officers.
Throughout the year we pay tribute to the men and women
who daily sacrifice their lives to protect life and property of
those in their community and remember those who have given the
ultimate sacrifice ~ their lives.
Officer Robert Clark was
tragically shot and killed in the line of duty July 1998. The
CPPA held a softball tournament raising funds to aide his
surviving family. The success of this tournament sparked a need
to continue the tribute of slain officers and to benefit the
education of children in the greater Cleveland area. The Bob
Clark Police Memorial Softball Tournament was borne August
1999. Due to lack of interest and cost, August 2003 was the
last Bob Clark Police Memorial Softball Tournament. Other
avenues and events will be added as needed.
July 2000 the Scholarship Fund added a Police Memorial
Motorcycle Rally to increase scholarship awards. During the
preparation of our First Annual Memorial Ride Officer Wayne Leon
was shot and killed in the line of duty June 2000. True to our
mission half of the donations received went to Officer Leon’s
family. The “Police Memorial Rally” is a tremendous testimony
to the strength of our community. The event is a remarkable
outlet for officers and civilians to stand united paying
emotional tribute to our fallen heroes.
February 2002 the First Annual “Salute to Our Heroes” benefit
auction was added to our events. Our first year’s proceeds were
divided between the World Trade Center Police Disaster Relief
Fund and the Scholarship Fund.
Where Does the Money
The Greater Cleveland Police Scholarship Fund exists on
generous donations from sponsors and fees associated
with its annual events. All fees are set in order
to raise monies for the fund and not for profit.
All those associated with the fund are sponsors or
Everyone benefits from this
organization. High School seniors in the greater Cleveland area
who would like to continue their education and serve their
volunteering for this organization, benefit from the opportunity
to outreach in their community. Police families victimized by
tragedy in the senseless slaying of their loved ones are
comforted in the support given during these events.
Officers who are able to witness first hand the gratitude of a
community giving thanks and sharing the loss for the ultimate
sacrifice paid by Officers doing their job.