Three Ferndale restaurants are among many businesses and groups throughout the region that are rallying to support the family of slain West Bloomfield Police Officer Patrick O'Rourke.
O'Rourke, 39, was fatally shot Sept. 9 while responding with other officers to what police believed could have been a suicidal man. The incident sparked a barricaded gunman standoff that ended when police found the suspect, Ricky Coley, 50, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
O'Rourke was the department's first officer killed in the line of duty.
Restaurants organizing benefit Oct. 3
Organizers of a restaurant benefit Oct. 3 hope to raise $100,000 to benefit the family trust, by donating 25 percent of sales that day.
"I knew immediately that my staff and I would do whatever we could to help the O'Rourke family, and I also knew that the community would feel the same. Reaching out to other chefs to join in the effort was a no-brainer," said chef Matt Prentice, owner of Morels and Detroit Prime in Farmington Hills, who spearheaded the effort.
The following area restaurants are currently scheduled to participate in the Tables for 4 benefit on Wednesday:
- Assaggi Mediterranean of Ferndale, open for lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and for dinner 5-10 p.m.
- Dino's Lounge of Ferndale, open 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
- Easy Like Sundae Frozen Yogurt in Ferndale, open 12-9 p.m.
- Andiamo of Bloomfield Township, open 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
- Morels of Farmington Hills, open for lunch 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and for dinner 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
- The Hill of Grosse Pointe Farms, open 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. for lunch and for dinner 5-10 p.m.
- Bacco Ristorante at 29410 Northwestern Hwy. in Southfield, open 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
- Detroit Prime at 32769 Northwestern Hwy. in Farmington Hills, open 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Other ways you can help
On Tuesday, the Royal Oak Music Theatre will be rocking to benefit the O'Rourke family.
Birmingham-based classic rock radio station 94.7 WCSX-FM will broadcast live from the theatre as a host of Metro Detroit-area rock stars including Fifty Amp Fuse, Mitch Ryder and Stewart Francke perform, with proceeds to benefit a family trust established through Bank of America.
The venue will open up at 12 p.m. to take donations for those who can't make it to the event, but doors won't open until 7 p.m. Admission to the concert will be $10.
Here are some additional ways to help:
- White Palace Mediterranean of West Bloomfield pledged to donate 20 percent of sales all day Friday. The restaurant is open 11 a.m.-12 midnight.
- Alexandria Mediterranean Cuisine at 43155 Main St. in Novi, pledged to donate 10 percent of sales all day Oct. 5. The restaurant is open from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
- The Fenton Police Department is working with the Knights of Columbus to benefit the family trust. Fenton Police Chief Rick Aro said donations are being accepted at the Fenton police station for O'Rourke's widow, Amy, and four children, who live in Fenton. The Fenton police will give any donations, in the form of checks or money orders, to the O'Rourke family.
- The Bloomfield Township Police Department is offering silicone bracelets for sale "to show your solidarity with the law enforcement community" and the family trust. The cost of the $4 bracelet will go to benefit the family trust.
- Robert Vargo and Jim Gall of Vargo Golf Company will donate 50 percent of all golf proceeds Oct. 1 to benefit the family trust. The golf courses included are Rackham golf course of Huntington Woods, Rouge Park golf course of Detroit, Chandler Park golf course of Detroit, Palmer Park golf course of Detroit, Myth golf course of Oakland Township, Bruce Hills golf course of Romeo and Hampton golf club of Rochester Hills.
- The Rochester Police Department is partnering with Ponds & Beyond Landscaping to sponsor a carnival and garden walk at Long Meadow Elementary School in Rochester Hills ($10 admission). The proceeds from the event Oct. 6 between 11 a.m.-4 p.m. — featuring pumpkin-decorating, clowns, face-painting, a pie-eating contest and more — will benefit the family trust.
- of West Bloomfield announced that patients and staff had helped to raise $700 last week to benefit the family trust.
- Cauley Performance Automotive of West Bloomfield announced that a fundraiser during its fall open house on Monday raised $1,060 to benefit the family trust.
- Eddie Osman, owner of the Osman Marathon Gas Station in Wixom, joined Wixom Police Department Sgt. Charlie Yon earlier this week to donate a check for $12,207 to benefit the family trust. The donation was the result of a two-day fundraiser, in which Osman contributed five cents of every gallon purchased at the gas station from Sept. 20-21.
- The Farmington Hills Police Benevolent Association gave $5,000 to the family in the week after Officer O'Rourke's death.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect Easy Like Sundae's participation in the fundraiser.