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THE MISSION OF THE GUNS 'N HOSES NATIONAL POKER CHALLENGE IS TO HONOR AND REMEMBER AMERICA'S FALLEN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FIRE HEROES AND TO PROVIDE RESOURCES TO ASSIST THEIR SURVIVORS IN REBUILDING THEIR LIVES. IN ADDITION, GUNS 'N HOSES SUPPORTS POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS WITH FUNDS FOR LIFESAVING EQUIPMENT THAT HELP KEEP OFFICERS AND FIREFIGHTERS SAFE.
The Guns 'n Hoses National Poker Challenge is a nonprofit organization that hosts a series of Texas Hold'em Tournaments in which teams of poker players, representing Police and Fire Departments from around the region compete for both the team and individual titles. Winning teams and individuals represent their Departments at the season ending Guns 'n Hoses Regional Championships. Proceeds from each event supports the families of fallen officers and firefighters as well as helps purchase lifesaving equipment through donations to local police & fire departments.
On a national level, the Guns 'n Hoses National Poker Challenge proudly supports the fine work of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and their work to support fallen Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS MEMORIAL FUND
Founded in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is dedicated to honoring and remembering the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers in the United States. A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in Washington, DC, the Memorial Fund built and continues to maintain the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial - the nation’s monument to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. The Memorial Fund is a principal organizer of the National Police Week observance each May and hosts a Candlelight Vigil at the Memorial each May 13th to honor all fallen officers. In addition, the Fund maintains the largest, most comprehensive database of line-of-duty officer deaths, conducts research into officer fatality trends and issues, and serves as an information clearinghouse. More recently, the Memorial Fund has launched a campaign to build the first-ever National Law Enforcement Museum, adjacent to the Memorial in Washington, DC. The Museum will tell the story of American law enforcement through exhibits, collections, research and education.The Memorial Fund is governed by a Board of Directors representing 16 of the most prestigious law enforcement organizations in the country. In addition, three major corporate partners serve on the Board of Directors including DuPont, Motorola and Target Corporation. Led by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Craig W. Floyd, Memorial Fund staff members bring diverse backgrounds and skills to the organization’s mission. The Memorial Fund does not receive taxpayer dollars for its day-to-day operations, but relies on the generous contributions of the public.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS FOUNDATION
The United States Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to lead a nationwide effort to remember America’s fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the tax-exempt, nonprofit Foundation has developed and expanded programs to honor our fallen fire heroes and assist their families and coworkers. The Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, located in Emmitsburg, Maryland. It is registered as a corporation in the State of Maryland. The Foundation receives funding through private donations from caring individuals, organizations, corporations, and foundations. A grant from the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance supports programs for survivors of fallen firefighters. The Federal Emergency Management Agency partners with the Foundation to sponsor many of the National Memorial Weekend activities. The National Institute of Standards and Technology supports work on a national research agenda to prevent line-of-duty deaths and injuries.Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to lead a nationwide effort to honor America’s fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the non-profit Foundation has developed and expanded programs that fulfill that mandate. Our mission is to honor and remember America’s fallen fire heroes and to provide resources to assist their survivors in rebuilding their lives and work within the fire service community to reduce firefighter deaths and injuries.Each October, the Foundation sponsors the official national tribute to all firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year. Thousands attend the weekend activities held at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The Weekend features special programs for survivors and coworkers along with moving public ceremonies.Spouses, life partners, children, and stepchildren of fallen firefighters are eligible for scholarship assistance for education and job training costs.