Charity Event for Mass Shooting Victims Canceled after City Officials Object to Republicans' Participation
Added 10-02-19 05:04:03pm EST - “Organizers claim that Thousand Oaks Police Chief Tim Hagel tried to undermine the fundraiser by telling sponsors to pull out due to the scheduled participation of Trump supporters.” - Nationalreview.com
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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nationalreview.com: “Charity Event for Mass Shooting Victims Canceled after City Officials Object to Republicans’ Participation | National Review”. Below is an excerpt from the article.
A charity event in honor of a police officer killed while responding to a mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, California last year has been canceled after the local police chief and a Democratic politician objected to the participation of prominent Republicans, according to organizers who spoke with a local Fox affiliate.
The event, a flag-football game called the Blue Bowl, was supposed to have taken place at Newbury Park High School in Thousand Oaks. Los Angeles Rams football players were scheduled to show up and sign footballs imprinted with pictures of the fallen officer, Sgt. Ron Helus. And thousands of dollars, which will now be returned to donors, had already been raised for Helus’ family.
Organizers claim that Thousand Oaks Police Chief Tim Hagel tried to undermine the fundraiser by telling its sponsors to pull out due to the scheduled participation of Trump supporters in the event line up.
Actor Scott Baio and singer Joy Villa, both Trump backers, were poised to appear, with Villa scheduled to sing the national anthem. Baio was a member of Helus’ church. The public safety advisor to California Governor Gavin Newsom was also scheduled to attend, making the event a bipartisan affair.
Mike Randall, Vice President of the Fallen Officers Foundation and an organizer of the Blue Bowl, described a phone conversation between himself and Hagel to the to the local Fox affiliate on Tuesday: “[Hagel] basically said over and over in the conversation this is not Trump country, that slogan ‘Make America Great’ is not favorable, popular, within 1,200 square miles, that we don’t want Republicans here, I could not believe it…”
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