ROSWELL, Ga. – Deputy Fire Chief Tony Papoutsis, chief executive officer for the Roswell Fire and Police Foundation, announced that the foundation is holding a charity gala on Saturday, Jan. 18 at Roswell Mill to benefit Roswell firefighters, police, emergency medical technicians and other public safety personnel.
Employees working for the city of Roswell are covered by workman’s compensation if they are injured on the job, but 148 of the 163 Roswell firefighters are part-time, and most of them have full-time jobs in other fields.
Most of their injuries occur at their full-time jobs. When they can’t get to their part-time job, their incomes are cut enough to put them in a tight financial spot. That’s where the foundation comes in.
The Roswell Fire and Police Foundation was formed and incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 2004 by Tony Papoutsis, Brian Dobson and Ray Voght III. The mission and sole purpose of the foundation is to help Roswell public safety employees and their families in times of need.
“The foundation doesn’t hand out cash,” said Papoutsis.
They pay for services and bills, such as rent and utilities and provide emotional aid. Some citizens and foundation board members give support by donating their time and expertise, which includes counseling for financial and legal assistance, rides to and from doctor’s appointments or rides for children’s extracurricular activities.
The charity gala will be held in Ivy Hall at Roswell Mill on Saturday, Jan. 18 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. The event is black tie optional and features a buffet-style dinner, open bar and entertainment by the band Yacht Rock.
Individual tickets are $150 per person. Corporate sponsorship packages are available starting at $500. A limited number of tickets will be sold at the door. To purchase tickets or for more information, go to RoswellFPF.org.