Eagles host first Policeman’s Ball

Wellington police chief Tim Barfield

Photos by Kelsey Leyva | Wellington Enterprise Wellington Eagles trustees Tom Smith and Bill Schramm are heading up the Wellington Policeman’s Ball.

The first-ever Wellington Policeman’s Ball will be held Saturday with dinner, dancing, and door prizes.

The Wellington Eagles are hosting the event for the village police to raise money covering the costs new badges, body cameras, and cruisers.

Police chief Tim Barfield is grateful for the Eagles’ support.

“There are a lot of things here that we have plans (for) but we don’t always have the budget for those things and they thought if they had a fundraiser they could find a way to support us in that,” he said.

Roughly 120 people have purchased tickets to attend the ball.

The band One Hit Wonders will perform throughout the night. Eagles trustee Tom Smith runs the kitchen and will help prepare prime rib and cream brie stuffed chicken dinners.

“We’re doing what we do,” Smith said. “Our motto is ‘People helping people.’”

Smith said the Eagles have raised money for the schools, charities, and other organizations. Groups including baseball, soccer, football, and wrestling teams have all had benefits at the Eagles hall.

“We’re a very community-oriented organization,” he said.

Barfield looks at the event as more than just a fundraiser, though.

“The way I’d like to use this is to be there and meet all kinds of different people and have conversations with them,” he said. “In today’s society the police are cast in a negative light and I certainly don’t want to see that.”

Barfield said he has been trying to reach out the community since he started his tenure in the village last November and believes this will be a chance for the community to connect with the officers who serve it.

“I think that our job is to serve people and so I want them to see that part of us,” he said. “I would like to see us be seen in a more personable light.”

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