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Corboy & Demetrio Sponsors Horse of Honor Dedicated to Fallen Police Officer
BY MITCH DUDEK Staff Reporter July 28, 2014 3:16AM from the Chicago Sun Times
A herd of horse statues — each honoring a police officer killed in the line of duty — will take up residence this fall on sidewalks all over the downtown area.
The equine invasion is part of fundraising effort by the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, which raises money for the families of slain Chicago police officers.
Each life-size horse — there will be about 100 total — will represent an officer killed in the line of duty.
They will be painted with unique designs chosen by businesses that sign up to sponsor a horse, at prices beginning at $2,500.
The horses will be on display in the downtown area from September through October. One unpainted horse was on display Sunday at the Gold Star Memorial Park just east of Soldier Field, where hundreds of motorcyclists concluded a charity ride to honor fallen officers.
In November, the horses will be auctioned off to raise additional funds.
“It accomplishes two things,” said former Chicago Police Supt. Phil Cline, the foundation’s executive director. “It honors officers and it raises funds. It’s a win-win situation.”
Sponsors will pick the name of an officer from a list of 571 who were killed in the line of duty. The fallen officer’s name, as well as the name of the sponsor, will go on a plaque placed with each horse.
About 20 sponsorships have been sold, including several to hotels and restaurants. “And we’re hoping the sports teams will each buy one,” Cline said.
In 2014, the foundation has given about $500,000 to officers’ families. About $3.7 million has been handed out since 2007, when the foundation began distributing funds.