This weekend, the Georgetown police and fire company will be hosting a Beef & Beer Benefit for the Chad Spicer Foundation — created in memory of Georgetown police officer Chad Spicer, who was killed in the line of duty on Sept. 1, 2009.
The benefit was originally started to raise money for Aubrey Spicer, his daughter, who was 3 years old at the time he was killed.
“We originally created it to make sure that Chad’s daughter, Aubrey, would not have any financial needs,” said Georgetown Fire Company member Jeremy Locklear, who helped create the event. “We wanted to support her financially, due to the loss of her father’s income.”
Since 2009, the funds raised have gone into a trust fund in Aubrey Spicer’s name. This year, the organizers decided to help the families of other first responders who are in need.
“This year, we decided to form a foundation that will provide financial aid or other benefits to other first responders’ family members. If a corrections officer was to be hurt or if their daughter needed something, we’d be able to provide aid to them,” he said. “Before, it was just Aubrey. Now that we’re doing it to provide aid to anybody, hopefully, more people will show up and be willing to participate.”
The Beef & Beer Benefit will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Georgetown Fire Hall, from 6 to 11 p.m. Food served at the event will include 16 Mile beer, Miller Lite beer, roast beef, salad, coleslaw, macaroni-and-cheese, baked beans, rolls and tea.
“We’ll have live and silent auctions. We have a DJ. And this year we have the Bo Dickerson Band for live entertainment,” Locklear said.
Tickets to the event cost $25 in advance, or $30 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at various places in the community, including Baker’s Hardware in Millsboro and First State Chevy in Georgetown.
“You can’t get drinks and live entertainment anywhere else for $25. Our thought was: It’s a fun night on the town for a decent price.”
Locklear added that the first year’s benefit had more than 900 attendees, whereas, last year, only about 250 people attended.
“Our hope is to start a new trend to help any of the first responders in need,” he said. “Originally, the community was very involved and big supporters, but it has kind of fallen off. One of the complaints in the past was, ‘Well, how much money does Aubrey really need?’ So our hope is that if we support more people than just Aubrey, more people will come out.”
As for Aubrey Spicer, who is now 7 years old, Locklear said she’s doing well.
“Aubrey is doing very well. She still has a very big support system. Most of the police officers and correction officers that worked with Chad in the past are still very involved in Aubrey’s life. Although no one will ever take her father’s place, instead of her having one father, she has a lot of men in her life that watch over and take care of her.”
Locklear said supporting first responders and their families is critical and that he hopes the community will turn out to the event to show their support.
“We’re hoping the foundation will take off on its own and that people will want to be a part of it,” he said. “We’re looking for support from the community and looking to have a great evening.”
For more information on the event or to purchase tickets, visit www.georgetown77.com or call Locklear at (302) 841-0877. The Georgetown Fire Company is located at 100 S. Bedford Street in downtown Georgetown.