Local Attorneys Make Generous Gift To Greater Cleveland Police Scholarship Fund

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Caravona & Czack Support 11th Annual Police Memorial Motorcycle Rally

The Greater Cleveland Police Scholarship Fund received a substantial boost Saturday through a $2,500 gift from Cleveland-based law firm Caravona & Czack. Don Caravona and Michael W. Czack, owners of the law firm, presented the gift to Sgt. Andy Ezzo, president of the Greater Cleveland Police Scholarship Fund, during yesterday’s 11th annual Police Memorial Motorcycle Rally/Salute to Our Heroes event. Caravona & Czack served as one of the event’s main sponsors.

The Greater Cleveland Police Scholarship Fund was created in August 1999. The fund supports the education of high school seniors in the Greater Cleveland area, and it provides support to surviving families of slain police officers.

Throughout the year, the Greater Cleveland Police Scholarship Fund pays tribute to the men and women who daily sacrifice their lives to protect life and property of those in their community -- and to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice of their lives, Sgt. Ezzo said.

"Our event memorializes those officers and we never forget the sacrifice that they have given for us. They will all be missed dearly.”

“The Greater Cleveland Police Scholarship Fund is a program that we firmly believe warrants our full support,” Caravona said. “The fund has enabled many high school seniors in Cleveland to take their education to a higher level, and the support the fund has provided to the families of slain officers is invaluable. This is our eleventh year of supporting this cause and we are proud to be associated with The Greater Cleveland Police Scholarship Fund.

When Officer Robert Clark was tragically shot and killed in the line of duty in July 1998, the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association held a softball tournament to raise funds to assist Officer Clark’s family. The success of the tournament sparked a need to continue the tribute of slain officers and to benefit the education of children in the Greater Cleveland area. The event became the Bob Clark Police Memorial Softball Tournament in August 1999. Due to lack of interest and the cost to host the tournament, the last Bob Clark Police Memorial Softball Tournament was held in August 2003.

In July 2000, the Greater Cleveland Police Scholarship Fund added a Police Memorial Motorcycle Rally in an effort to increase scholarship awards. During the preparation of the first Memorial Motorcycle Rally, 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,” Ezzo said. “The Police Memorial Motorcycle 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.”

Further information is available on the Cleveland Police Memorial website: http://www.clevelandpolicescholarship.org/
For more information call 216-701-6348.

Ezzo said the first Salute to Our Heroes benefit auction was added in February 2002 to the organization’s schedule of events. The first year’s proceeds were divided between the World Trade Center Police Disaster Relief Fund and the Scholarship Fund.

“The Greater Cleveland Police Scholarship Fund exists on generous donations from sponsors and fees associated with its annual events,” Ezzo said. “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 volunteers.”

About Caravona & Czack
Caravona & Czack focuses its practice on the areas of personal injury and wrongful death caused by medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, work-related incidents, and defective products. The firm has experienced trial attorneys who provide top quality legal representation to people seriously injured by the fault of another.

For additional information contact:
Caravona & Czack, at 216-592-8738

Photo Caption:
Mike Czack and Don Caravona, principals with leading Cleveland area law firm, Caravona & Czack, present a $2,500.00 check to Sergeant Andy Ezzo, President of the Greater Cleveland Police Scholarship Fund at a motorcycle fund raising rally on July 10th and 11th.

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