Perez Celebration of Life Thank Yous

Tom Kennedy

Thanks Again!

Thank you does not seem adequate to express our debt of gratitude to those who stepped up and stepped in to assist us, the Houston Police Department, during and post Hurricane Harvey. 

This special gratute extends to those who helped with the Steve Perez Celebration of Life at the Houston Police Officers Union. Many of you helped us before but we actually met new friends who graciously donated their time and resources.

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While the Houston Police Officer’s Union would love to send each of you a personalized message, we do not want to overlook a single person who helped.  From the families who delivered homemade treats, to the corporations who donated products, to health care providers who came to 1600 State Street to assist, and the numerous law enforcement agencies across this great country that donated their time, their money and their staff, – THANK YOU – a million times over – THANK YOU. 


We also thank all of you who sent messages of support and offered assistance including child care, laundry services and even a place for our officer’s to sleep when they could not get back to their homes.  We would like to express a special thanks to Maggianos in the Galleria for donating those first meals when the Union cupboard was bare and continuing to do so throughout the aftermath of the storm.  Then came Gavin Torabi, a hurricane force himself, who through his professional connections facilitated ongoing food and beverage donations for our officers in our time of need. The work of a volunteer force made of retired Officers and citizens alike, led by Dee Leal, Jennifer Do and Dory Fung made support operations possible.


Every gesture is appreciated and confirmed our belief that Houston is a city like no other.  In a time of crisis, we ALL came together.  No one saw division of race, religion, nationality, gender or social class – we all saw family – and were there to help.  Not only did we see this, a nation saw this, and we look forward to that mindset continuing.


Through your generosity, not only were we able to assist the men and women of HPD and other first responders, we were able to pay it forward and assist relief efforts in areas harder hit than Houston including Rockport, Port Aransas and Bloomington, TX ,.  The Los Angeles School District Police Department may have expressed this best when they came to our aid – “sheepdogs coming to the aid of a wounded sheepdog”.  It is what we do, and even while wounded, we continue to protect and serve our flock proudly.


Thank you

The Board of the Houston Police Officers Union

Hurricane Harvey 2017

And a Special Thanks to:

Gavin Torabi

Tonya Torabi

Alissa Goldsmith

Lauren Brackman Berger

Loren Wesley of the Downtown Hyatt Regency

Angela Lipsey

Olga Panchenko

Courtney Caplan Young

Pamela Braden

Kerry Pauley

Daisy Durha

Laura Cernock

teve Soloski

Leigh Ann Seyffert

Amber Townsend.

Del Friscos Galleria

Arthur Mooradian

Carl Walker and Martin Weaver of Brennan’s

Pedro Teyuca, Tommy Nally, Emmanuel Hodencq of Toulouse River Oaks

Lexie Davis and DeAnn Thigpen of Peska Cocina on Post Oak

Mary Campos of El Teimpo Corporate

Seth Keiffer

Richard Brown Orchestra

Occasion Party Rental

Richard’s Tent and Party Rental

Leigh Rubino and Lindsey Greenwell of Gelazzi Gelato Heights

Zach Medelin of Tiffs Treats

The Baton Rouge DA’s Cook-off team

Maggianos Little Italy (Galleria)


Corkscrew BBQ

Gringo’s (Douglas Roses)

Starbucks Coffee Company & (Jennifer Do)

Toulouse Café and Bar (Tommy Nally)

Becks Prime

Landry’s (Kathy Ruiz) & Team

Carrabba’s Italian Grill (Gary Claiborne) & Team

Tulsa Police Dept (Chase Calhoun)

Martin Preferred Foods (Bob Olivo)

Sammy’s Wild Game Grill

Amy Andrews (Dream Cuisine)

Genghis Grill (Lillian Tista) & Team

OhMyGogi Nathan Chang)

Xochi (Elvis Espinoza)

Pablo Lambea Family

Engel & Volkers (Brooks Ballard)

Kanako Matsumura

Barber Social Club

Idealease (John Greenstreet)

Katz Coffee

Naaser Sawaf

Monster Energy Co (John Tyson)

Exclusive Furniture (Sam Zavary)

Fung’s Kitchen (Gilbert Fung)

Abu Omar Halal (Mohammand Omar)

Dan & Robin Cogdell

Angella Upsey

Yana Tabakman

Hai Leba

Paul Colavecchia & Kylie Major

Marine Foods Express

Tallahasse PD

Casey Watkins

Gene & Teresa Ray

Subway Corporation and Locations

Marwaha Group

Inga Beauchene

Angie Valenzuela (Palomar College)

Manassas PD

Shield 616

Hill County Christian Church

Graham Brown

Mark Biskamp Family

Gina Martinez

Anne Edwards

Kim Richards

Eva Langley

Skylar Ybarra

Blowin Smoke BBQ Team

Claire Curtin St Johns School

Sandra Ruiz

Amber Burrough

Sammantha Stover Group

Dyer County Sheriffs Office

Niki Thibodeaux

Vital Kitchen

Jennifer Bates

West End Pub (Sara Brissey)

Nidhi Malpani

Kourtney Hamilton

Lee Humphery

Mohammadi Majid

Allison Daughtry

Libby Hillin

Katie Tipper-McWhorter

Savana Dearman

Austin Allen

Michele Gokhman

James Ramos

Neley Rodriguez

American Legion Post 560

Reef Restaurant (Nick Zamora)

Jimmy Changas  Restaurant

Gringo’s Resturant

Churchs Resturant (Lillia Gutierez)

Chris Castell

Ivan and Sarah Pinney

John Mercer

Jason Poese

Barber Social Club

Papa Johns Pizza

Boot Barn (Deborah Burns)

Monster Drinks (John Tyson)

Mezza Grille (Stepanie Tibi)

Catering by George (Allison Hartley)

Community Coffee

Marc A Czapla

Simpleton’s (Gary Wise)

Labrada Nutrition (Lee Labrada)

Eighty Six’d (Luis Villegas)

Tu-Go Kitchen (Jennie Tu)

Thy Food Truck

Miller Uniforms (Kyle Miller)

Stronger Alliance Bruce Stewart

Reflective Life Ministries Carla McDougal

We Are Stronger (Spirit of Texas Bank)


Landry’s and  Landry’s Group (Vic & Anthony’s, Grooto

Franny’s Bakery

Le Peep Restaurants

Arbonne Independent Consultant (Clarissa Kincy)

Manhattan Resources (Samantha-Anne Horwitch)

Red Bull (Stephen Pooler)

Trader Joe’s Co (Robert Camrena)

Spanish Flowers Restaurant

Trinity Lutheran Church

Rapid Hope Team

Jewish Community Center

Nueva Jerusalen Church

Turning Point Church


F.E.E.D TX restaurant Group (liberty Kitchen)

Kerry Pauly Hospitality Group

Law Enforcement Media (Daniel Del Valle)

Lucilles Restaurant

Asleep at the Grill Cookteam

St John’s Food Truck

Schlotzsky’s (Flor Vargas)

Nextseed (Abraham Chu)

Chunky Monkey

Burger Barn Restaurant

Rockdale VFD

Every-Bellies Food Truck

Our it Team (Chesley Choudhury)

David Kimbrough

Judge Paula Goodhart

B&B Restaurant


Tan Tan Restaurant

East Baton Rouge DA’S Cook team

FOP Grand Lodge North Carolina

Holly Springs PD North Carolina

Alan Helfman and the Helfman Family of Dealerships


Public Safety Financial Group (Brain Craft)

Riel Restaurant

Dallas Police Association  ATO

Mustang / Caterpillar Equipment

Kiolbassa Smoked Sausage

Simms Products

Orange County Sheriffs Office

Arlington County Police Dept

New Orleans Police Dept