The Reading Police Department, along with Mayor Eddie Morán, visited the Breast Cancer Support Services of Berks County office last Tuesday in West Reading to deliver a check in the amount of $16,610, funds raised through various initiatives by the City of Reading to support the organizations mission.
In October, Chief Richard Tornielli and Sergeant Darrin C. Dougherty initiated a fundraising campaign to support breast cancer awareness and Breast Cancer Support Services of Berks’ exceptional mission. Throughout October, Reading Police Officers showed their support by wearing pink badges and shoulder patches.
“We were thrilled to receive over $16,000 dollars in donations today from the Reading Police Department in partnership with Axcess Industries” Michelle Reinert, Executive Director, Breast Cancer Support Services of Berks
“For an organization like us, we’re roughly a $300,000 a year, we are not revenue producing, we raise 100% of our budget every year. So that goes a long way in providing programs and services for our local breast cancer survivors.”
The fundraising continued into November as Officers participated in “No-Shave November,” which was extended into December 2021 due to its success.
The initiative was made possible due to the collaboration of several individuals and organizations. Richard L. Carpenter, President & CEO of Axcess Industries, purchased and donated the shoulder patches and made them available to the public for a $20 donation. Charles Menges, Reading FOP Lodge 9 President, paid and provided all officers’ pink badges to wear.
In addition, Casey Carpenter, Sales & Marketing Specialist for Axcess Industries, created an online sales platform, and Audra Schreiner, TLEU Administrative Support for the Police Department, handled patch distribution, online order tracking, and order shipments.