Lion’s Club to collect money for fallen Houston officer

WESTFIELD—The Westfield Centennial Lion’s Club will be raising funds in honor of the Houston police officer who died during Hurricane Harvey.

The Lion’s Club will be holding a Glow Ball Tournament this Friday, Oct. 13, beginning at 6 p.m., at Tekoa Country Club in Westfield. The proceeds of the tournament will be used to go toward the repair efforts of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Houston in honor of Houston Police Sgt. Steven Perez, who died in Hurricane Harvey flood waters while trying to drive into work.

Westfield Police Capt. Michael McCabe

“He was a 34-year veteran who didn’t have to go in but did,” Westfield Police Capt. Michael McCabe said of Perez.

McCabe was a classmate of Perez’s during the 210th session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy. The National Academy “is a professional course of study for U.S. and international law enforcement managers nominated by their agency heads because of demonstrated leadership qualities,” according to the FBI’s website on the academy.

McCabe said that Perez was a great man and recalled that sentiment after seeing his picture following the tragedy, as well as their graduation from the academy that Perez’s children had attended.

McCabe, who is the treasurer for the Westfield Centennial Lion’s Club, said that they chose the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Houston after he spoke with a member of the Houston Police Department.

“I contacted the Houston Police Department and asked the family through them what charity was Steven’s go-to charity,” McCabe said. “And the Boys and Girls Club was chosen.”

The goal, according to McCabe, is to raise “a couple thousand dollars” in honor of Perez.

The tournament costs $55 a person to enter, with registration on tournament evening beginning at 6 p.m. and tee time at 6:30 p.m. The event will provide light refreshments, a 50-50 raffle, as well as best team and individual costumes.

 For more information you can contact the Tekoa Country Club at (413)568-1636, or you can email [email protected] for more.

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