CHICAGO August 24, 2015—Legendary rock band, Chicago, will join the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation on Monday, August 24, at 11 a.m. in the Under Armour Store at 600 N. Michigan Avenue for a press event. The event will kick off the online auction of Chicago’s much loved Horses of Honor. Peter Schivarelli, the band’s longtime manager, will announce the opening bid for the horse they sponsored, affectionately dubbed the Chicago Horse. Shivarelli will make an additional special announcement pertaining to the auction.
“We love this horse! Peter Bucks did a wonderful job designing it—in fact, all of the horses are stunning and each horse represents such a somber story of dedication and sacrifice,” said Peter Shivarelli, manager of the famed rock bank Chicago and former 43rd Ward superintendent. “We all felt that this project was so important that the entire band wanted this event to meet and thank the officer’s family. We want to lend our name and support to this important cause.”
The horse is dedicated to fallen officer Thomas E. Wortham, IV . His parents and sister will be there along with former Chicago police superintendent, Phil Cline who has served as the foundation’s executive director since 2007. Many don’t know that Thomas’s father, a retired Chicago police sergeant, not only witnessed the shooting that took his son’s life in 2010 but exchanged gunfire with the offenders which helped in their capture and prosecution.
Other attendees will include officer Peter Bucks, the artist who designed the statue and 018th District Commander, George Devereaux. Richard “Rick” Simon, a key member of the foundation’s advisory board, a 2015 HOH Sponsor and the CEO of UnitedService Companies will be there in support as well. Simon, through the donation of charitable hours, has his staff managing the installation and removal of the horses. Superintendent Garry McCarthy, also scheduled to attend, is an ardent supporter of the foundation and the foundation’s Gold Star Families.
“These horses, these vibrant works of art represent Chicagoans who suited up in the face of uncertain danger every day in order to keep us safe,” said Cline. “Their dedication and sacrifice has helped to make Chicago the major tourist destination and the world-class city it is today. This project ensures that their memory lives on.”
Monies raised through the foundation help the families of the fallen and this year part of the money from the auction will go to the Get Behind the Vest program, a life-saving initiative that keeps Chicago’s active duty officers safer through the purchase of new bulletproof vests.
The public and potential bidders are encouraged to come out and see the Horses of Honor before they are removed on August 26 so they can be cleaned and readied for their new owners. People will also be directed to visit www.cpdmemorial.org/auction so they can register and bid on these phenomenal horses and support this important cause.