K-9 Bane Press Release

Contact: Mavel Jones

The Hometown Foundation, Inc.

Phone: 203-250-5390

Email: mjones@bozzutos.com


May 25, 2018



The Hometown Foundation and Farmhouse Restaurant’s K-9 Fundraiser delivers a GPS collar and Police K-9.

Thanks to the tremendous success of Farmhouse Restaurant’s American Hero Benefit Dinner, Police K-9 Officer Jake has received an all-new Garmin Alpha 100 GPS Tracking Collar. K-9 Jake carries the name of USMC Jake Pettit who lost his life to PTSD.

Donated by the Hometown Foundation, Inc., The Garmin Alpha 100 is an invaluable tool to the field. The device can help handler Sergeant Irizarry, measure speed, distance, area searched and direction being traveled by K-9 Jake while he serves with the Fairfield Police Department. The collar also has the capability to switch to “Rescue Mode” which will conserve battery life in the case of an emergency.

Seeing that The Hometown Foundation, Inc. has a long history with K-9 Jake, it is only fitting that he would be the recipient of such a useful tool. K-9 Jake, at only 8 weeks old, accompanied The Hometown Foundation, Inc. to its first ever event for Project Blue Paw, which took place at Trumbull High School.

Project Blue Paw is an initiative run by The Hometown Foundation, Inc. that aims to give high school students the opportunity to learn how K-9s are trained for police and military work. The program also educates students about trauma, as well as the behavioral and occupational aspects of K-9s. Children with

intellectual disabilities are also included in the program in order to make new friends and interact with local community and law enforcement leaders.

The Hometown Foundation, Inc. partnered with Miller Motorcars to purchase K-9 Jake from Kennel Zo Slovenskeho in 2017. Since being donated to Fairfield PD, Sergeant Irizarry has led an incredible effort to spread awareness about PTSD while fighting crime. Most recently, the dynamic duo raised over $10,000, which was donated to Special Olympics and K-9 charities.

Police K-9 Louie, named after Brook field native and fallen Navy SEAL Jason Lewis, was officially donated earlier this month. The Hampton Beach Police K-9 Unit traveled from Virginia to pick up K-9 Louie at Farmhouse Restaurant. Police K-9 Louie is now serving a community where Jason’s wife and three children reside. The K-9 Unit has promised to put forth every effort to ensure Jason’s name and heroic story is carried on during Louie’s life as a police officer.

With ‘First Response’ being one of its core initiatives, The Hometown Foundation, Inc. is no stranger to supporting local and State Police departments. For instance, K-9 Safety Awareness Month is a multifaceted campaign held every February consisting of in-store fundraising, cash collection boxes in local businesses, t-shirt sales, Blue Jeans for Blue Paws, and much more. Other events such as dress downs are held throughout the year to raise funds for K-9 units. Proceeds collected are used for purchasing Police K-9s, GPS Tracking Collars, Training and Safety Equipment. If you are looking for ways to get involved please visit HometownFoundation.org.

The Hometown Foundation, Inc. is ecstatic to be part of this double donation which wouldn’t have been possible without Farmhouse Restaurant, who so kindly donated the entire facility while it’s staff volunteered their time and donated all of the night’s tips. We wish K-9s Jake and Louie a long, successful and happy career.

Help the Giles Family of Maine After House Fire

The Hometown Foundation is Raising Funds to Help the Giles Family of Maine After House Fire

A Boothbay, Maine Special Olympics family lost their home last month from a fire. Three of the family members (Gracie, Vincent and Valerie Giles) were competing at the state’s Special Olympics Winter Games the same week that their house was destroyed. Fortunately, everyone in the home at the time got out safely and were set up in a nearby hotel by the Red Cross. Sadly, the family lost everything, including two of the three pets. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

This family is in need of your help. Join The Hometown Foundation and make a donation today!  http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1179218





February 3, 2018

PGA National Resort & Spa, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Dream Cars and Cocktails

Join us for our 5th Annual Dream Cars and Cocktails on Saturday, February 3, 2018! The red carpet affair will feature Hollywood glamour, fine dining, cocktails, auctions, and much more. Join us as we celebrate the real superstars, the Special Olympics athletes! The night’s affairs benefit Special Olympics Florida.

Event Details:

Date: February 3, 2018

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: PGA National Resort & Spa – 400 Ave of the Champions, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33418

Ticket Price: $325.00

For sponsorship or to purchase tickets, contact Meg Weinberger 561-310-6591 / megweinberger@me.com or Beth Wood 203-206-8588 / bawood@bozzutos.com.

To purchase tickets, click here


The Hometown Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit charitable foundation dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals and their families in hometowns and surrounding communities where we operate. The Hometown Foundation, Inc. honors and assists six distinct areas of interest:

  • Children
  • Major Illnesses
  • Military
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Emergency Response Personnel
  • Pet Rescues