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Jeep owners meet to benefit Dallas, law enforcement
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• What: Forsyth County Jeepers “Lights for LEO” benefitting the local Fraternal Order of Police Lodge, the Dallas Police Department and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit
• When: Saturday, July 16, 7-10 p.m.
• Where: Castleberry Ale House, 5446 Bethelview Road
• Cost: Funds raised will be donated, including 15 percent of restaurant food profits

A local group of Jeep owners is hosting an event to benefit law enforcement locally and from Dallas after five law enforcement personnel were killed in Texas last week.

The Forsyth County Jeepers will host “Lights for LEO” from 7-10 p.m. tomorrow at the Castleberry Ale House to honor and raise funds for local law enforcement officials and the officers in Dallas. Four Dallas Police Department and one Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) officers were fatally shot on July 7 as an apparent response to the fatal shootings of two black men in Louisiana and Minnesota by white police officers.

“We wanted to organize an event that not only honored those fallen in Dallas, but we wanted to highlight the generosity and how friendly the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office is,” said club member Ryan McMullen. “We’ve been met with nothing but generosity and kindness and honesty from all of them.”

Funds raised will go toward the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge, Dallas Police Department and DART. The restaurant will also donate to the causes.

“Castleberry Ale House is going to be donating 15 percent of food profits from that night to the three organizations that we are donating to,” McMullen said.

The group will hold a raffle to also benefit the organizations at 8:30 p.m., with sign-ups beginning an hour before the drawing. At 9:30 p.m., the group will hold a candlelight vigil.

The event is open to the public.

McMullen said some members of the group work in law enforcement but that the entire group wanted to give back.

“They talked about the absolute uncertainty of going to their job every shift. They don’t know if they’re going to come home or not,” he said. “Here, lately, that has been on the minds of not only the police officers, but their significant others, their friends, their family.

“We want to let them know that no matter what there is a group that always has their back.”

The Castleberry Ale house is located at 5446 Bethelview Road in west Forsyth at the intersection of Bethelview and Castleberry roads.