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Burleson nonprofit raises $11K for first responder families

By February 20, 2020 March 6th, 2020 No Comments

Ensuring families of first responders are taken care of is the first priority of a Burleson nonprofit.

Blue Family Fund recently hosted a Spirited Tasting and Auction and raised $11,000 for families of first responders at Rebecca Creek Saloon in Arlington’s Globe Life Park.

BFF is a nonprofit that provides scholarship opportunities and financial assistance to first responder families in need. One hundred percent of donations made to the fund are donated directly to the families of fallen or injured first responders through educational scholarships or as financial aid, Co-Founder Stacey Magovern said.

The event attracted about 150 whiskey connoisseurs and first responder supporters for an evening of liquor, spirits, appetizers, cigar rolling and a silent auction. Carrying through the Whiskey Hopscotch theme, special tasting of four expressions was hosted by Craig Vaught of Republic National Distributing Co.

“A big thank you goes out to all our sponsors and supporters,” Magovern said. “It was a very fun evening, and we enjoyed sharing it with the community, all while supporting a great cause and bringing awareness to the needs of the families left behind after losing a law enforcement officers, firefighter or other first responder.”

She and her husband, Everman Police Officer Michael Magovern, started the organization in 2017 because they wanted to pay forward the blessings they received from their company, Point Blank Safety Services LLC., a marketplace for off duty work for police officers.

“We take no salaries from Blue Family Fund, and every single dollar goes to either scholarships or financial aid to families of first responders,” Stacey Magovern said.

Michael Magovern lost his brother, Scott Magovern, who was an Abilene police officer, to brain cancer in 2002.

“We have been extremely blessed with our company and wanted to do more for the people that put their lives on the line everyday,” Stacey Magovern said. “In our short two-year existence, we have been able to donate to seven families and provided three scholarships to dependents of first responders for higher education.”

Their most recent scholarship was at the Serv Pro First Responder Bowl at Southern Methodist University’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium where they gave a $5,000 scholarship to a dependent pursuing nursing at Texas Tech University.