VPSF reaches Memorial Fund goal, set to break ground on memorial site

RICHMOND Virginia Public Safety Foundation will simultaneously announce that it has reached its $2 million goal for construction of the Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial and ceremonially break ground on the memorial site during a ceremony on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2 p.m.

Governor Robert F. McDonnell will join his predecessor, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, and public safety leaders from across Virginia to acknowledge the end of the construction funding campaign and the commencement of the memorial's construction phase. The ceremony will include a blessing of the memorial site and ceremonial groundbreaking.

VPSF will continue to solicit donations for the memorial's dedication events and perpetual maintenance. To make a contribution on-line, click here.

To download an invitation, click here.

Motorola Solutions Foundation contributes $100,000 to Memorial Fund

Richmond - Governor McDonnell announced today a leadership contribution of $100,000 to the Virginia Public Safety Foundation (VPSF) from Motorola Solutions Foundation benefiting construction of the Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial, Virginia's monument to public safety heroes who have died in the line of duty and the 165,000 public safety officers serving Virginians every day.

"Motorola Solutions Foundation has again demonstrated its strong commitment to Virginia's public safety community and safety education," said McDonnell. "This contribution-the largest from any person or organization to the Memorial Fund-should signal to other Virginia businesses the value of this worthy cause."

For more information on supporting the Memorial Fund, including the use of law enforcement seized funds, call VPSF at 804-648-6299 x1004.

Why I support VPSF and the Memorial Fund

Sue Garbarino, widow of Fairfax Police Officer Mike Garbarino, writes, "One organization that came to our aid was Virginia Public Safety Foundation (VPSF), which provides financial assistance to survivors at the time of death, no strings attached. It can take several months for state and federal benefits to be processed, but VPSF bridges the divide. Five years after Mike's death, VPSF is still standing with my family, contributing to my daughter's college expenses. Today, they serve as official administrators of the Memorial Fund on behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia, raising money, developing the design and contracting for construction of this monument to heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice."

To read Sue's entire letter, click here.