Monster Truck Comes to Police HQ to support “Horsepower for Horses”
EVENT: ADVANCE AUTO PARTS MONTER JAM® ROARS IN WITH A 1,500-HORSEPOWER BLACK STALLION® ANNOUNCING “HORSEPOWER FOR HORSES” SUPPORTING THE RETURN OF PHILADELPHIA POLICE DEPARTMENT’S MOUNTED PATROL UNIT
TIME: Thursday, April 21, at 11 a.m.
PLACE: Philadelphia Police Headquarters, parking lot, 8th and Race Sts.
DETAILS: Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, Mounted Patrol Unit Lt.
Daniel McCann, and Philadelphia Police Foundation Vice President Maureen Rush will welcome Monster Truck driver Mike Vaters and his five-ton, 1,500-horsepower Monster Truck, Black Stallion®, to Police Headquarters where Vaters and Scott Handfinger, Regional Director, Event Marketing and Sales for Feld Entertainment, will announce that a portion of the proceeds from the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam® (www.monsterjam.com) appearing at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday, June 4 at 7 p.m., will be donated to the Philadelphia Police Foundation to support the return of the Police Mounted Patrol Unit to the streets of Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Police Department’s Highway Patrol will escort Vaters and a roaring Black Stallion, built on a 2009 Ford F 150 body, to the Police Administration Building. Young people from the Police Athletic League (PAL) will be on hand to welcome Black Stallion and meet Vaters, a popular driver on the worldwide Monster Jam® circuit.
The Philadelphia Police Department, with the support of the non-profit Philadelphia Police Foundation, expects to have a Mounted Unit with initially 10-12 horses and officers up and running later this year. In addition to public contributions, corporate support thus far has come from Comcast, 7-Eleven and Verizon Wireless. State Senator Lawrence Farnese has secured a $100,000 state-funded grant specifically for the Police Department and the Mounted Unit.
The Mounted Patrol Unit currently has five horses, Stephen, Santiago, Pat, Tiny Tim and Johnny, who began their training alongside members of the PPD Mounted Patrol Unit this month. The horses have been named after the five officers who have fallen in the line of duty since 2008.
Public donations can be made online to support the Mounted Patrol Unit atwww.phillypolicefoundation.org/donate.