City staff raise nearly $1,800 for Shop With A Cop program

Special Events Coordinator David Wells hands Chief Dana Powers a $1

Bonney Lake city employees raised nearly $1,800 for the Shop With A Cop program, presented in part to Chief Dana Powers Wednesday at the opening of Tunes @ Tapps.

Team Bonney Lake — led by Administrative Specialists Carol Paul and Debbie McDonald, Judicial Specialist Helen Williams, and Tabitha McDonald — raised the money selling hot dogs and soft drinks at the city’s summer concert series, as well as popcorn at the Kid’s Club and Friday Night Flix.

“It definitely helps out,” said Ofc. Todd Green, who coordinates the Shop With A Cop program for the Bonney Lake Police Department. “It puts us ahead for this year.”

The volunteers raised the money in honor of King Cooper II, a city project manager who died unexpectedly May 1, Debbie McDonald said. She said Team Bonney Lake will choose another cause and repeat the fundraiser next year.

Shop With A Cop is a nationwide law enforcement program to take children from low income households on a holiday shopping spree, chaperoned by off-duty uniformed officers. Purchases are funded by local donations.

Special Events Coordinator David Wells presented a $1,387 check to Powers before The Great Pretenders took the stage. By the show’s end, Team Bonney Lake had raised an additional $400.

“Thank you for eating hot dogs and drinking pop,” Powers said to the audience, after accepting the check. “I’ve been with the Shop With A Cop program for 20 years, including my time in Tacoma … Nine times out of 10, [the kids] spend the money all on everybody else, not themselves.”