From left to right, suburban hockey players Livie Kumiega, Sofia Napolitano, Francesca Varallo and Nora Joan Kulovitz pose for a photo during the first Chicago Police Youth Hockey Jamboree April 7
To honor the memory of Chicago Police Cmdr. Paul Bauer, who was shot and killed in the line of duty in February, a youth hockey charity tournament was held April 7 and raised more than $5,000 for the Gold Star families and the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation.
The inaugural fundraiser, called the Chicago Police Youth Hockey Jamboree, was organized by Training Officer Martin Foley. More than 90 players from Chicago Police families participated, representing 16 youth hockey clubs across the city and suburbs.
"We hope this will now go on as a tradition every year with the kids," said parent Lisa Daquilante, whose first-grade daughter Madelyn, a member of the Park Ridge Northern Express team, was among the participants.
"They really do love it, and it helps them understand that we are all a family and are there to always support each other."
Sixth-grader Francesca Varallo, who plays for the Glenview Stars U12 Girls Team, said the jamboree was fun, and she liked seeing kids from different hockey teams playing together.
"It was such a cool way to be able to support the police families," she said.
Five Gold Star families and two injured police officers attended, as did the Chicago Police Department Honor Guard, Canine Unit and Mounted Unit.