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Enjoy a family day at Cops for Kids Cruise

In partnership with the Tacoma Athletic Commission, Griot’s Garage and numerous community members and organizations, the Tacoma Police Department is taking the lead in hosting an inaugural event to raise money for the Tacoma Boxing Club’s youth boxing program.

It’s called the Cops for Kids Cruise and will take place on Saturday, May 11 at Griot’s from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rain or shine, this will be a day to get out with family and friends and enjoy all kinds of show cars from local car clubs, The Acoustic DJ providing music, lunch prepared in an on-site meat smoker, giveaways, the chance to see two great win lottery prizes, and more.

The Tacoma Boxing Club has been in existence for more than 50 years offering young people purpose, discipline, a sense of belonging and the opportunity to develop themselves physically and mentally. The club is a second home for many young people who work hard to achieve their personal best inside and outside the boxing ring.

“We are looking for opportunities to partner with some of our local organizations that are doing good things for children,” he said Tacoma Police Senior Community Engagement Manager Bervin Smith. “We want them to know that we support them and that we want to help in any way we can to be part of their success.”

Serge Timacheff – also known as The Acoustic DJ – donates his talents to charity. His unique musicality combines his live guitar and some vocals streaming music, giving audiences a mix of the songs they know and love with a live music experience. For this event he brings a cheerful mix of classic rock, blues, contemporary pop and a touch of country.

“You get a hybrid of songs the way you like to hear them and have a live experience with them,” he explained. “I know how much music makes people happy and events more successful.”

As a certified hypnotherapist in Washington State, Timacheff integrates sound and music into his work with his clients. He is performing regularly at the Des Moines Farmers Market this summer and has made charity appearances Seattle Children’s Hospital, at wineries, parties, weddings, churches and at numerous retirement homes and memory care facilities around Puget Sound. More information can be found at

From the Toy Rescue Mission, Executive Director Martha Davis will set up a table to hand out chocolate treats in toy cars and she will also bring big raffle prizes: two battery-powered vehicles big enough for children aged 3-7 to sit and ride. By purchasing lottery tickets you have a chance to win either terrain Polaris RZR 900 or a Ford Bronco complete with LED lighting, which almost every young person would love to have.

The Tacoma Police Department’s Motorcycle Patrol Unit will be on hand for photo opportunities with the kids and to talk about what they’re doing to keep the city safer. Representatives from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will staff a table and have volunteered to serve food.

Bring your lawn chair, lie out on the grass, make yourself comfortable, listen to the music, enjoy some good food, and consider making a donation to charity while you’re there.

“It’s the usual suspects who will be on the ground volunteering their time and helping us do good in the community,” Smith said of the people who have worked with him in his efforts to expand our community outreach efforts. increase police force. This week, parents and families of babies in St. Joseph Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit were provided with snacks, personal care items, handmade quilts and toys to help them through the difficult time of not wanting to leave the hospital . All donated by caring people in Tacoma.

Smith thanked Griot’s Garage Retail Store Manager Guy Davivo and all the great people at Griot’s for their commitment to bringing people together and building strong communities.

“I can’t say enough about Guy and his team at Griot’s, how they are always very encouraging and willing to let us use their facilities to do something positive in the community. They always greet us with open arms.”

All car clubs are invited to participate and questions from suppliers are welcome. Contact Bervin Smith at (email protected) or call (253) 290-9238. If you can’t attend but would still like to donate, visit