On Wednesday, Nov. 6, Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge #16 will hold a dine-and-donate event at the Cottage Café near Bethany Beach.
Starting at 5 p.m., 15 percent of the evening’s sales to supporting diners will be donated to the lodge. In turn, those funds will be donated to a local organization or charity that the FOP choses to support.
“The monies we raise, we donate it to different organizations in the community. We don’t keep any money for ourselves. Any money we raise goes directly back into the community,” said Steve Micciche, a member of the lodge.
In years past, the lodge has donated to Justin’s Beach House, the Chad Spicer Foundation and Toys for Tots. Earlier this year, the FOP lodge presented Lord Baltimore Elementary School with an emergency trauma kit.
“We feel it’s important to give back. Just anything we can give back to the community is good.”
Not only does the lodge raise funds to be returned to the community, but many members volunteer for local events and organizations.
“We had a few people help with the triathlon in September. And we’re very involved with the Special Olympics at Camp Barnes. We volunteer during their summer camps and even have guys stay overnight to help with security.”
Micciche said that the lodge has around 40 members, many of whom are retired officers.
“But some of the officers from the local departments are members, too,” he added.
The dine-and-donate fundraiser is one of two that the lodge holds every year. Micciche added that, if people would rather make a direct donation to the FOP, they can do so that evening.
Micciche said he hopes many area residents will attend the event and show their support for the FOP and area organizations.
“We’d love to see as many people as possible come out that night,” he said.
For more information on the Fraternal Order of Police, visit www.defop.org. The Cottage Café is located on Route 1 south of Bethany Beach.