The Mid-Shore Community Foundation is pleased to announce the fiscal sponsorship of the Talbot County Blue & Red Fund. This new fund’s primary objective is to provide a source of funds for law enforcement, first responders (Fire and Rescue), and EMS servants of Talbot County who encounter injury, loss of life, or other causality loss in the line of duty. The Fund will be made available to those who experience significant hardships, including assistance for individuals as well as their families. The intent is to fundraise across Talbot County year-round in order to grow the fund and make a significant resource available to those who incur unexpected loss and hardships. Fundraising will include an annual “Honor the Blue & Red” banquet similar to this year’s event on May 20 at the Tidewater Inn.
A secondary objective is to make available funds for training and education of future and existing law enforcement, first responders, and EMS public servants. The Advisory Committee may propose to make a portion of the funds available for funding scholarships for law enforcement degrees or certificate training and Fire/EMS specialized degrees or training.
Robbin Hill, of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, and Sheriff Joe Gamble (left) are shown receiving the initial funding of $5000 from the Blue & Red Advisory Committee, consisting of Ashley Sard, Shari Ochse, Ed Forte, and Richard Holman.The initial funding resulted from a group of citizens and sponsors who successfully launched “Honor the Blue & Red” week in Talbot County on May 20, 2021. This event to honor all law enforcement, first responders (Fire), and EMS organizations of Talbot County focused on honoring the service, dignity and professionalism of the dedicated leaders and individuals of these organizations. Talbot County and the Town of Easton issued Proclamations that the week of May 15-May 22 be proclaimed the “Honor the Blue & Red” week. Successful events of the week included an honor banquet for 70 of the leading servants in our community, a significant donation to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, and raising of $5000 to initiate the “Blue & Red Fund.” The Blue & Red Fund Advisory Committee will plan annual Honor the Blue & Red Week events each year beginning on National Peace Officer Memorial Day, which occurs each May 15.
To make a donation to the Blue & Red Fund, please contact the Mid-Shore Community Foundation at www.mscf.org to donate online or call 410-820-8175. For information on future fundraising events, contact the Chairperson of the Blue & Red Advisory Committee, Ashley Sard at firstname.lastname@example.org.