Western Pennsylvania Police Benevolent Foundation

It is the purpose of the Western Pennsylvania Police Benevolent Foundation to provide assistance to injured police officers in need. This assistance may be in the form of information about available resources or monetary aid to help ease the financial burden in a time of crisis.


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Authentic Italian Pasta Dinner Benefiting Officer Mark Smilek
Hosted by the Sewickley Borough Police Department
Saturday, January 26, 2019 – 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saint James Parish School Cafeteria • 201 Broad Street, Sewickley, PA 15143

Officer Mark Smilek has worn a badge for over 25 years and is a 9-11 Pentagon survivor. In May of 2017, this wonderful husband and father of two, was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia known as Accute Lymphatic Leukemia (ALL). This aggressive form of cancer has caused Mark to undergo a stem cell transplant in February 2018 along with eight doses of full body radiation twice a day, twelve bone marrow biopsies, and eleven spinal taps, not to mention numerous rounds of chemotherapy. In November of 2018, Mark received another stem cell transplant and is now on a long road to recovery. Mark is unable to work, but that hasn't stopped the bills from coming in!

To assist Mark in his uninsured expenses (copays, prescriptions, etc.) where 100 percent of the proceeds will go towards assisting Mark, the Sewickley Borough Police Department is hosting an authentic Italian pasta dinner prepared by Sewickley Police Officer, Leo DiCesare, and served with Leo’s Sunday Sauce®. There will be basket raffles, a 50/50 drawing, bakery desserts, draft beer on tap, and live entertainment.

Tickets: $10 / adults, $5 / children ages 12 & under. Takeout available.

To help make this event a success, the Sewickley Borough Police Department is seeking donations from any and all businesses. Any items for the gift baskets, a gift certificate, and/or a monetary donation that you are able to provide for the fundraiser would be greatly appreciated. One of their own “boys in blue” will even pick up your donated item(s) at your facility, or you can mail it directly to:

The Borough of Sewickley
c/o Officer Mark Smilek's Fundraiser
601 Thorn Street, Sewickley, PA 15143

Please join us in supporting this event! If you have any questions. please contact Leo DiCesare at 412-600-6277

On December 9, at F.O.P. Lodge 22, Keller Williams, KW Cares and their partners — along with the WPPBF — presented a check that is dedicated towards building the Washington County First Responders Memorial. Thank you to KW Cares, F.O.P. Lodge 22 and our partners for working so hard to make this a reality.

On April 30, 2017, the Western Pennsylvania Police Benevolent Foundation presented Mike Phillips, President of the Washington County Fraternal Order of Police and Sergeant Dave Richards of the North Strabane Police Department with a check for $1,000. The donation, presented by WPPBF President, Rich Griffith, and Treasurer, Tim Kreger, will be used for the creation of a Washington County First Responders Memorial to honor those from Washington County who gave their life in service to others.

Those wanting to donate to this project and help make it a reality can reach out to any WPPBF board member for information on whom to contact.