David Spade Donates $100,000 to Phoenix Police Department for New Rifles
David Spadedoesn't forget his roots.
The former Valley resident cut a $100,000 check today to fund the purchase of new rifles for the Phoenix Police Department.
In a news release, (reprinted below), police say Spade "had been made aware" of a program -- covered in a previous Valley Fever blog post -- to equip officers with high-powered rifles.
Last year, the Scottsdale native gave big checks to his alma mater, Saguaro High School, and to the family of slain Phoenix police officer Nick Erfle. He also gave $10,000 this year to an animal shelter in Lakeside where his mom volunteers.
Phoenix police news release follows:
The Phoenix Police Department's Police Foundation was the fortunate recipient today of a most generous donation from Hollywood star and former Phoenix area resident David Spade.
Asking there be no fanfare or media attention, Mr. Spade called last week and said he wanted to donate $100,000.00 to the Phoenix Police Department towards the purchase of rifles to help keep our patrol officers and community safe.
Mr. Spade had been made aware that Phoenix Police Chief and Public Safety Manager Jack Harris and the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association President Officer Mark Spencer, along with their respective staffs, had been working towards a program to have 300 rifles deployed for Phoenix patrol officers. This mutual agreement can now move ahead with momentum thanks to the generosity of Mr. Spade.
At 9:30 A.M., Mr. Spade stopped by the Phoenix Police Department's Desert Horizon Precinct and gave a check to Chief Harris made out to the Phoenix Police Foundation, a 501C3 status charitable organization led by long time foundation board president Marc Cavness, a local prominent attorney. The foundation will direct the full amount towards the purchase of the rifles.
Here are a couple of pictures Phoenix police sent of the meeting with Spade:
The ruffled comedian with the big bank account is standing between Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and Police Chief Jack Harris in this shot. The other three guys, from left to right, are Phoenix City Councilman Claude Mattox, Phoenix Police Foundation Board President Marc Cavness, and Phoenix Law Enforcement Association President Mark Spencer.
In this picture, Spade watches as two officers show off the Bushmaster rifles that will be purchased with Spade's donation. Police say the donation will pay for about 50 rifles toward the goal of 300.
-- Ray Stern