Organizations and Events Supported Through the Officer Collier Memorial Fund

In the past 6 years we have established and hosted the following events to raise funds for the children.

It's Still Not Too Late to Donate to our Fundraising Efforts to Help Save a Child’s Life  (we're leaving this next piece on our site becasue it's just Wonderful!)

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July 2023 -The Memorial Fund Learn to Swim Program

The Lowell Police Department, Officer Sean A. Collier Memorial Fund, and Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) teamed up to provide free swimming lessons to Lowell youth.
This is the second year that free swimming lessons have been offered to young people ages 6 to 16 at DCR’s Raymond Lord Memorial Swimming Pool.
The program ran for three sessions a day from Monday, July 17 through July 28. Last year the program served 50 Lowell youth in two sessions of 25 students. This year it will serve 75 Lowell youth in three sessions of 25 students.
Young people were partnered with volunteer swim instructors and taught to be cautious but comfortable in the water, as well as how to swim, float, and play safely in pools.

August 2023 -The Memorial Fund Donates To The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem, NH

We stopped by the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem, NH earlier this year. On behalf of the Memorial Fund, Kelly Dolan, presented the Boys and Girl’s Club with a check for $3,500. (Kelley’s husband Joel is Salem, NH Chief of Police.) We hope that this will help the Boys and Girls Club provide a safe and affordable place for kids and teens during critical out-of-school time. We look forward to developing this relationship in the future.
Kelley is also one of our runners for this year’s Marathon and one of our biggest fundraisers. She and fellow runner, Kassandra Storms (Seabrook PD), were recently interviewed by WMUR Channel 9 in New Hampshire.

August 2023 - Saint Ann’s Home

The Memorial Fund has made a donation of Back To School School Supplies for the children of Saint Ann’s Home in Methuen, MA. We also provided $2000 for the very special senior prom in the late spring.  St. Ann’s is a place for children, adolescents, and young adults who are faced with serious emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges and learning disabilities.

March 2023 -

Former Heavy-Weight Champ Buster Douglas Shares Life Lessons, Skills With Young Boxers In Lowell

Thirty-Three years ago, James “Buster” Douglas beat Mike Tyson to become Heavy-Weight Champion. Today, he gives motivational talks to future boxers. Douglas was recently at the new Lowell Police Youth Services Boxing Gym, built thanks in no small part to the Sean Collier Memorial Fund, a youth program free for 200 kids in the city.

The Memorial Fund Donates To The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem, NH

We stopped by the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem, NH last month. On behalf of the Memorial Fund, Kelly Dolan, presented the Boys and Girl’s Club with a check for $3,500. (Kelley’s husband Joel is Salem, NH Chief of Police.) We hope that this will help the Boys and Girls Club provide a safe and affordable place for kids and teens during critical out-of-school time. We look forward to developing this relationship in the future.

Dec 2022

•         Flag Football Clinic & Tournament - The Lowell Police Department Youth Services Program, in partnership with the Afro-American Community Collaborative, Merrimack Valley Flag Football League, and Sean A. Collier Memorial Foundation, offered a flag football clinic in the summer of 2022 for Lowell residents in grades 5-8.

•         LPD Youth Boxing - The Lowell Police Department (LPD) provides a youth boxing program for Lowell residents between the ages of 10 – 18. The workouts are great for cardiovascular fitness, balance, endurance and hand-eye coordination. LPD officers volunteer to provide mentorship and training to youth.

Oct 2022

•         Annual Golf Tournament at Four Oaks Country Club - On September 12, the Memorial Fund had its Annual Golf Tournament. We honored two law enforcement heroes: Trooper Tamar Bucci of the Massachusetts State Police, (End of Watch March 3, 2022) and Sergeant Brian Sousa Jr. who passed away suddenly on April 16, 2022.

•         Lowell Police Department and Officer Sean A. Collier Memorial Fund Team Up to Offer Youth Swimming Lessons

•         Halloween Party Fundraiser for Salem NH Boys and Girls Club

July 2022

•         Lowell Police, with Support from the Officer Sean A. Collier Memorial Fund, Opens Youth Services Boxing Facility

April 2022

•         It’s Still Not Too Late to Donate to Our Marathon Team’s Fundraising Efforts to Help Save a Child’s Life - There are 18 days to go before the Boston Marathon is held on April 18, 2022. Plenty of time to make a donation.

•         This summer we are teaming up with the Lowell Police Boxing Club and the City of Lowell to provide swimming lessons to young people. Almost half of all children have few to no swimming skills. Drownings are a leading cause of injury/death for young children ages one to 14. It is estimated that for every fatal drowning victim, another 5 to 10 victims receives hospital related care for non-fatal drowning injuries. Last summer it seemed like there was a drowning of a child every few days. Police Officer Enmanuel Familia of the Worchester Police Department (E.O.W. – June 4, 2021) drowned while attempting to rescue a juvenile who had gone underwater in a small pond in Green Hill Park.

•         Comedy Night Fundraiser - we held our Boston Marathon at Princeton Station in No. Chelmsford, MA on March 25th. It was a great success. The Dinner and Comedians were great. All proceeds from this event went to support the Officer Sean Collier Marathon Team’s fundraising goals.

Dec 2021

Town of Wilmington, MA Declares January 3 is Sean Collier Day

Wilmington's Board of Selectmen unanimously voted to declare January 3 of each year (Sean’s Birthday), “Sean Collier Day” in honor of the Wilmington native and MIT police officer who was killed by the Boston Marathon bombers.

Thanksgiving Dinner for Homeless Veterans and Veterans In Need

The Collier Memorial Fund teamed up with State Representative Tom Golden, Princetown Station and Eversource for a Thanksgiving Dinner for Homeless Veterans and Veterans In Need on November 23 at Princeton Station, No. Chelmsford, MA. The dinner was a great success and it was our way of thanking these heroes for their service and making sure that those less fortunate would have Thanksgiving Dinner.

Lowell Police Boxing Club

The Memorial Fund has decided to support the newly formed Lowell Police Boxing Club which aims to be a place where the city’s youths can be off the streets and take part in constructive activities.
On Friday, December 17, we joined a Pizza Party for the kids and at that event gave their parents a $100 gift card from Market Basket for Christmas Dinner and a $100 gift card from Target to help with presents.
In the future, they hope to support an after-school tutoring program for kids who may be struggling in school.

Aug 2018

•         5th Annual Boston Strong Memorial Basketball Tournament

•         Brandon Odom Skills & Drills Academy – 2 week basketball camp

•         Boston Judo Club – scholarship funds for students

•         Academic scholarship to Salem State University

Oct 2021

125th Boston Marathon

On Monday, October 11, our Marathon Team finally had the opportunity to run the Boston Marathon. All six runners: Ashley Kmiec, Robert McMahon, Paul King, Kelly Dolan, Kassandra Storms, and Kim Kopicko fulfilled their dream of running and completing the Boston Marathon.

Honoring Officer Emmanuel Familia of the Worchester PD at the Annual Golf Tournament at Four Oaks Country Club.

Officer Manny Familia (38) drowned while attempting to rescue a juvenile who had gone underwater in a small pond in Green Hill Park. Three juveniles who had gone into the water became distressed. One of the juveniles went underwater and failed to surface. Officer Familia and several other officers responded to the pond and entered the water in an effort to save all three. Officers were able to bring the other two juveniles to shore, however, Officer Familia failed to surface while trying to save the third juvenile. We donated $5000 to the Familia Family Memorial Fund.

Supporting Police and Community Youth Sports Programs

The Memorial Fund distributed $10,000 worth of sports equipment (baseballs, softballs, soccer balls, baseball mits, etc.) that was donated by Mike & Cindy Kuenzler of All Sports Heroes: Uniforms, Sporting Goods, & Promotions
The donations were given to the Shedd Park Baseball and Softball Organization and Pawtucketville Youth Organization (both of Lowell), the Cambridge Police Youth Program and the Lynn Police Youth Division. This equipment will assist these organizations in providing hundreds of boys and girls in Lowell, Cambridge and Lynn an opportunity to learn and play sports.

 

 

Feb 2019

•         Collier Memorial Fund Donates Wrestling Mat to Lowell High School

•         Conducted 3 different fund raisers for the Team Collier Strong Boston Marathon proceeds of which are distributed through the Memorial Fund

 

Nov 2019

•         Golf Tournament

•         The Officer Sean A. Collier Memorial Fund honored the memory of Somerville Police Officer Louis Remigio at its Annual Golf Tournament on September 9, 2019 at the Four Oaks Country Club in Dracut, MA.

•         State Police pround to partner with Boston English, and the Memorial Fund to help young people to increase awareness of MSP

•         Sock Drive for Homeless Veterans – In keeping with the spirit of giving and as winter approached, we have decided to continue to help those who have sacrificed for the country. We held a Sock Drive for Homeless Veterans with the support of the Dracut, Melrose, and MIT Police Departments.

 

Feb 2021

•         The Memorial Fund responded to requests to help feed nurses, doctors and other medical responders at the hardest hit local hospitals

Jul 2021

•         Comedy night – Fundraiser to finance memorial fund projects

 

Oct 2021

•         125th Boston Marathon - On Monday, October 11, our Marathon Team finally had the opportunity to run the Boston Marathon. All six runners: Ashley Kmiec, Robert McMahon, Paul King, Kelly Dolan, Kassandra Storms, and Kim Kopicko fulfilled their dream of running and completing the Boston Marathon.

•         On Monday, October 11, our Marathon Team finally had the opportunity to run the Boston Marathon. All six runners: Ashley Kmiec, Robert McMahon, Paul King, Kelly Dolan, Kassandra Storms, and Kim Kopicko fulfilled their dream of running and completing the Boston Marathon.

•         Supporting Police and Community Youth Sports Programs - The Memorial Fund distributed $10,000 worth of sports equipment (baseballs, softballs, soccer balls, baseball mits, etc.) that was donated by Mike & Cindy Kuenzler of All Sports Heroes: Uniforms, Sporting Goods, & Promotions

•         K9 Kitt of the Braintree Police Department (End of Watch - June 4, 2021)

•         At our golf tournament we also honored K9 Kitt who was shot and killed when a domestic violence suspect opened fire on officers who were searching for him in a wooded area.

•         Comedy Night Fundraiser - We held our Summer Fundraiser at Princeton Station in No. Chelmsford, MA on August 6th. It was a great success.

•         The Memorial Fund In Conjunction With Princeton Station Chelmsford sponsored

Thanksgiving Dinner for Homeless Veterans and Veterans In Need.

 

Dec 2021

•         Town of Wilmington, MA Declares January 3 is Sean Collier Day - Wilmington's Board of Selectmen unanimously voted to declare January 3 of each year (Sean’s Birthday), “Sean Collier Day” in honor of the Wilmington native and MIT police officer who was killed by the Boston Marathon bombers.

•         Lowell Police Boxing Club - The Memorial Fund has decided to support the newly formed Lowell Police Boxing Club which aims to be a place where the city’s youths can be off the streets and take part in constructive activities.

 

 

Sock Drive for Homeless Veterans

In keeping with the spirit of giving and as winter approached, we have decided to continue to help those who have sacrificed for the country. We held a Sock Drive for Homeless Veterans with the support of the Dracut, Melrose, and MIT Police Departments.
On December 12, 2020, we delivered sweat shirts and thousands of socks to the New England Center and Home for Veterans. The Center helps Veterans who are at-risk of homelessness. Located in Downtown Boston and offering services throughout the region, the Center supports Veterans with innovative services that enable success, meaningful employment, and dignified independent living.

To compete, to remember

Lowell High wrestling mat honors officer lost in marathon blast

By Kori Tuitt, [email protected]

 

LOWELL -- Sean Collier's name has been synonymous with heroism. Now, the name of the late officer who lost his life in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing will live on as part of the athletics at Lowell High School.  A wrestling mat, worth $12,000, was recently donated to the high school. The red mat reads "Officer Sean A. Collier Memorial Fund."  Richard Sullivan, a member of the Collier fund, said the goal is to start a wrestling program at the Stoklosa Middle School.

officier Collier Memorial Fund wrestling mat donatioin Lowell High School
Standing on the newly donated wrestling mat in MIT Police officer Sean A. Collier memory is L-R, Richarl Sullivan, Joe Rogers of Wilmington and Sean Collier's father, George Bossi Lowell HS wrestling coach, with the LHS wrestling team in back. SUN/ David H. Brow

"Originally, we were going to put it there, but then more thought got put into it and we thought it would get more use at the high school with Sean's logo on it," said Sullivan, of Dracut. He said the idea for the wrestling mat came from himself, Kyle Dolliver, a teacher at the Stoklosa Middle School, and Joe Rogers, Collier's stepfather. Collier was an MIT police officer with roots in Wilmington. He graduated from Wilmington High School in 2004 and went on to earn a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Salem State College in 2009, according to the memorial fund's website. At just 26 years old, Collier was killed in the line of duty on April 15, 2013. Rogers said when he first came to New England, he settled in Lowell and has lived around the city for the past 30 years. He currently lives in Wilmington.

"I felt like I know the city, I know a lot of the people. We get a lot of support for the charity out of Lowell and the surrounding towns," Rogers said. "So, I just wanted to give back. This is the type of program I think Sean would have liked." With sports programs like these, Rogers said it keeps students off the streets and gives them something productive to do. Lowell High wrestling coach George Bossi agreed. "That's why we're into sports," Bossi said. "We save kids all the time, not only just wrestling, every activity. Keep them off the streets."

Bossi said the oldest wrestling mats the high school has date back to 1964. The new mat, he said, is beautiful. "It's very portable and lightweight and they're very adaptable to today's situation," Bossi said. "Big, heavy mats we had years ago are too heavy and they're very hard to transport." The ultimate goal is to have a wrestling team or club or intramural program in each of the middle schools in the city, Bossi said. "It's not something where we're just going to buy the mat and say, 'See ya later,' and just forget about what we're doing," Sullivan said. "We're trying to make the connection in Lowell with these kids and give them a reason to want to go do stuff."

5th Annual Boston Strong Memorial Basketball Tournament

The Officer Collier Memorial Fund was one of the sponsors of the 5th Annual Boston Strong Memorial Basketball Tournament held on August 4-5, 2018. This two-day basketball tournament is a way for Boston and surrounding communities to remember and honor MIT Police Officer Sean A. Collier, Boston Police Officer Dennis J. Simmonds and all of the victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy.
We were excited to again have a separate youth division in the tournament. This youth division was a huge success last year and is a positive experience for the kids. Six youth teams were co-coached by volunteer Mass State Police Troopers, Boston Police officers, and other local officers. After competition, youth teams will had lunch with their coaches where there was an open discussion.
We will continue with this initiative knowing that this important connection will improve trust and understanding between our community’s youths and law enforcement officers.

 

Brandon Odom Skills & Drills Academy

As part of Camp Thayer, Thayer Academy Head Varsity Basketball Coach, Brandon Odom, and his staff provide positive and informative instruction about the game of basketball. This two week basketball camp is held in honor of Coach Odom’s late brother, Steven Odom, who was shot and killed by an unknown person in a crossfire while walking home from playing basketball with neighborhood friends. Steven was 13 years old, an 8th grade student at Timilty Middle School in Boston.
The basketball camp was held over two weeks in July at Thayer Academy in Braintree, MA. The camp hosted boys and girls grades 3-8. At camp, the kids participated in dynamic skill drills and stations during the morning session and listen to lectures from collegiate and professional players in the afternoon. In addition, competitive scrimmages and games round out the day and highlight what they have learned.
The Memorial Fund will provide 10 total scholarships for inner city youth looking to participate in the camp but financially unable to afford to attend.

Boston Judo Fund

The Officer Collier Memorial Fund gave funds for scholarships to the Boston Judo Fund so that youths looking to participate in USA Judo-sanctioned events, but financially unable to afford to attend, can do so. Participation in these USA Judo events allow the participants to represent the USA at the Pan American Games, Pan American Championships, World Championships, select international competitions and the Olympic Games.

Saving a Hero’s Place

Saving a Hero’s Place is a volunteer group founded by police officers in San Antonio, Texas. Officer Tommy Capell, his wife and a couple of police buddies started this charity.  They build Honor Chairs for the Roll Call room commemorate officers who have died in the line of duty.

When an Officer makes the ultimate sacrifice, his/her presence is missed. The Honor Chair is placed in the roll call room as a reminder that even though they are not there physically, the Officer will always be with you as you head out to the battles,  carrying on the watch… carrying on the watch…

This charity was started because of Sean’s death.  Here is their story.

http://www.savingaherosplace.org/index.php/our-story/

Saving A Hero’s Place, Inc. was formed through tragedy.  In 2013, I was contacted by another Police Officer to build a chair similar to several chairs that were placed at another sub station years back.  This chair would be in honor of a San Antonio Police Officer who died in the performance of his duty.  The chair was built March 2013 and placed at the sub station where the officer worked.  The following month, on April 18, 2013, MIT Police Officer Sean Collier was killed in the line of duty by the Boston bombers.  Officer Sean Collier was sitting in his patrol vehicle serving his community.  Unable to sleep for weeks, I knew something needed to be done for this officer.  I immediately got with my wife Robbie Capell and two fellow classmates Brandon Bunch and Michael Pullen.  It was decided that an Honor Chair was just the answer.  MIT Police was contacted and welcomed the idea of an Honor Chair.  After quickly raising money from the community, friends, and family, The four of us traveled by vehicle over 2,000 miles to deliver the honor chair.  Officer Sean Colliers honor chair was presented on May 28, 2013.  The emotions that came with this honor chair, and seeing what the chair meant to the MIT Police department, made us all realize we were not done.

I have added a picture of the chair.

They have a website and a Facebook page 

http://www.savingaherosplace.org/

https://www.facebook.com/savingaherosplace/

Jonny Castro Art: Portraits of Valor

Jonny Castro is a Philadelphia Police Officer. His job with the police department is that of a Forensic Composite Artist. He paints portraits for the families of first responder killed in the line of duty.  Here is a newspaper article about him: https://www.policeone.com/quiet-warrior/articles/372739006-Courage-on-canvas-How-a-forensic-artists-portraits-give-fallen-cops-new-life/

His Facebook page has a several videos about him and his portraits

https://www.facebook.com/jonnycastroart/videos/1422551961097270/

Here is the main Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/jonnycastroart/

Police Unity Tour

The primary purpose of the Police Unity Tour is to raise awareness of Law Enforcement Officers who have died in the line of duty.  The secondary purpose is to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial and Museum. 

http://policeunitytour.com/

Salem State University – Sean A Collier Criminal Justice Scholarship

Annual Award is given for students majoring in criminal justice.

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