Thank you for your support in 2022!
2022 was a great year for the Jess Rousey Honoring Heroes Foundation. We joined in many volunteer and sponsor roles throughout the year including sponsoring GBI Director Vic Reynold at a business luncheon in Cobb, sponsoring the Paulding Public Safety Run with the Badges event, CCPD Riding with the Blue, sponsoring the Paulding Chamber's public safety luncheon and providing steak dinners to all the public safety heroes working Cobb County's premier community event, National Night Out. We also held many wonderful events of our own including our highly successful Cars for K9's event and our Hero of the Year public safety gala. You can find out about a few of our highlights in the stories below. We raised significant funds in our first full year to support our efforts in keeping with our mission of providing support, advocacy and appreciation events for our deserving heroes, agencies and causes. We couldn't have done any of it without the amazing support of our board of directors, our volunteer team, our sponsors, donors, and supporters. We are grateful to each of you and look forward to presenting even more events and opportunities to give back in 2023!
Cars for K9s 2022
Car Show & Community Festival
The Jess Rousey Honoring Heroes Foundation team would like to thank Hardy Chevrolet Buick GMC for sponsoring through the donation of their space for us to present the 2022 Cars for K9s Car Show and Community Festival on June 25, 2022. Please see below for the photo album of our event, courtesy of Justin Arndt Media.
We were overwhelmed with the turnout and the support of our mission! We sold out of space with 200 cars in attendance, 80 vendors and sponsors, 8 food trucks, bounce house, DJ, and countless spectators joining the festivities! We gave out over 50 prizes valued at $100 or more and 25 awards were presented to our top finishers!
With your help we met our goal of raising funding to go towards a new, fallen K9 memorial for the Paulding County Sheriff's Office and enough to make donations to other local K9 units as well!
We can not do what we do without our amazing team of volunteers who donated countless hours of their personal time, sweat and investment into this event. Our foundation is a 501C3 non-profit, led and ran wholely by volunteers. We cannot thank you enough!
Paulding County Sheriff Office
K9 Memorial Dedication
October 12, 2022 was a great morning. All of the hard work that the Jess Rousey Honoring Heroes Foundation, Inc team put into the 2022 Cars for K9 event came to fruition when we unveiled and dedicated the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office new K-9 Memorial Monument today. We are thrilled that our logo is included on the monument so that Jess's name will live in memory along with those of these fantastic heroes for many years to come. We could not be more proud of our team of volunteers and their dedication to our mission and vision of honoring our heroes through appreciation events, support efforts and advocacy. Our mission is truly blessed by all of you and we look forward to continuing to support and give back to those who serve and protect our communities on a daily basis. God Bless All of Our Law Enforcement and First Responders!
2022 Annual Honoring Heroes Public Safety Gala
In October the Jess Rousey Honoring Heroes Foundation, Inc organized and facilitated the 2022 Public Safety Appreciation Gala.
The Jess Rousey Honoring Heroes Foundation, Inc made donations to Cobb Sheriff's Foundation, Inc. for the families of Deputies Ervin and Koleski who were killed in the line of duty in September. We made donations in the amount of $2,500 each to the Austell Police Department and the Powder Springs Police Department K-9 Units which was raised from our Cars for K9s event.
We hosted nearly 200 first responders for a great lunch from Texas Roadhouse Hiram at West Cobb Church which was beautifully decorated by K. Mike Whittle Unique Floral Designs!
We recognized and celebrated 13 individual heroes with our Hero of the Year award along with awards for merit and valor. We also celebrated three elite units for their courageousness and dedication to crime suppression, the Cobb Police Violent Crimes Bureau and the SWAT and CSU teams from Paulding County Sheriff's Office.
Please help us congratulate our 2022 heroes of the year!
From the Cobb County Police Department
Precinct 5 Officer Shaban Hasani
Precinct 2 Officer Kevin Meuse
Special Operations DUI Task Force Officer Michael Zander
Award for Valor - SWAT Officers Bartlett and Butler
Award for Valor - Officer Christian Gutierrez
Award for Merit - Officer Robert Franklin
Award for Merit - Officer Alex Johnson and K9 ACE
The Violent Crimes Bureau / VIPER and TAC teams
Powder Springs Police Department Officer Doug Racine
Cobb County Sheriff's Office LT Sylvia Robinson
Cobb E911 - Johnathan Clark
Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services - Engineer Jesse Mikel
Paulding County Sheriff’s Office SWAT and Crime Suppression Unit
And our most distinguished award, the Barry Little Community Anchor Award was presented to LT Matt Fuller with the Cobb County Police Department
We would also like to thank all of our wonderful sponsors whose generous support help to make these events possible. Also, thank you to our wonderfully talented photographer, Dianna Frausto for whom all photo credits go to.
Our foundation is very proud to be a part of this celebration that supports our mission to provide appreciation events, support and advocacy for our first responders. Please remember to keep all of our heroes in your prayers and thank them for what they do every chance that you get.
Honoring and Remembering Two Heroes
On September 8th, tragedy struck when in a senseless act of cowardice and evil, the Cobb County Sheriff's Office lost two heroes who were killed in the line of duty. We join a community of many mourning the deaths of Deputy Jonathan Koleski and Deputy Marshal Ervin. These heroes will always have the heartfelt appreciation of a community of those who loved and supported them for standing strong to protect others. With broken hearts we owe you a debt that can never be paid.
There has been an outpouring of love and support shown by our community to support these families and our law enforcement heroes during this difficult time. Proving that the majority of us do support our heroes no matter what the media may try to portray. Several organizations stood in solidarity to do what they could to show support in many ways. The Jess Rousey Honoring Foundation had a great crowd join us for dinner on two separate nights in October at Texas Roadhouse in Hiram where the restaurant pledged 10% of the tabs from both nights which was then matched dollar for dollar by our foundation generating a significant donation to go directly to the Koleski and Ervin families.
Deputy Jonathan Koleski & Deputy Marshal Ervin
End of Watch, September 8, 2022
National Police Week May 15 - 21, 2022
Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.
At the Jess Rousey Honoring Heroes Foundation, Inc we honor our heroes who dedicate themselves to keeping our communities safe during this week of remembrance by showing our support and appreciation by delivering meals and goodie baskets to our local law enforcement heroes during this week.
We were proud to make deliveries of lunches and goodie baskets, visiting multiple agencies including:
*Four Law Enforcement Agencies
* Fourteen Shifts
* Thirteen Units
* Five Special Operations Units
* Serving over 200 law enforcement superheroes and 25 K9 heroes!
2022 Year End Appreciation Events
Continuing our mission this holiday season to provide appreciation events for our heroes, the foundation sponsors and hosts Christmas and year end celebrations and parties for various units and teams within the Cobb Police Department and Paulding County Sheriff's Office. Events were held at various venues. We would like to thank Texas Roadhouse Hiram, Downtown Axe, and Carrabba's Italian Grill for partnering with us to provide memorable events, meals and gifts for these deserving heroes!