Pelham Police and Good Neighbor Join Forces

November 29, 2013

by Marc Ayotte

In the most recent fund-raiser for the ongoing support of the Pelham Good Neighbor Fund (PGNF), the Pelham Police Department (PPD) presented a check for $1,255 to them.

The check was presented by PPD Master Patrol Officer Matt Keenliside to Pelham Good Neighbor Fund President Frank Sullivan at Scissors Palace located at 95 Bridge Street in Pelham.  The fund-raiser event was organized by Officer Keenliside, and basically reflected a department-wide, ‘No shave November.’  “We’ve never done anything like this,” offered Keeliside, noting that department regulations allow only moustaches.  He continued by adding that Chief Joe Roark made the exception of beard growth for this charitable event.  The officers met at the Pelham business on Monday morning, November 25, where Scissor’s owner Alex Prudhomme promptly returned the officers to clean-shaved status.

After each officer contributed $50 to the concept of donating it to charity, Keeliside indicated that overwhelmingly, the officers collectively decided the money would go to the PGNF, which is earmarked to exclusively help Pelham residents in need.  “We help people in need in the town,” expressed Sullivan, who elaborated by saying that moneys benefit families with personal bills such as utilities, rent and food.  Additionally, Sullivan noted that the charitable offerings sometimes go to various household expenses in the form of gasoline cards.

Karen Fournier, Vice President and Branch Manager of Enterprise Bank (Pelham location), was also at Scissors Palace representing the bank.  Fournier, a Pelham resident, also serves as the PGNF’s Vice President.  In addition to their involvement with this local charity, Fournier mentioned the upcoming “Sponsor a Child at Christmas” campaign that the bank organizes.  Also, on December 14 and 15 the bank is conducting the Pelham Good Neighbor Fund Forty Fourth Annual Christmas Drive in the Pelham Plaza parking lot.  Volunteers will be accepting food and cash donations to help individuals and families in need.

Specifically to the PPD fund-raiser, and according to Officer Keenliside, “Alex also donated $125 that he took-in (from) touching up the guys’ beards throughout this process.”  Additionally, members of the department wanted to offer a collective thanks to Prudhomme for opening his shop on a day when he is normally closed for business, solely to shave the beards at no cost to the officers.  After another $125 straggled in from other officers in the department, pushing its contribution to $1,380 the total contribution for the beard-growing charitable event climbed over an impressive $1,500 mark.