Jim would like to thank everyone from the bottom of his heart for the amazing show of support he has received from the community!
Kostumes For Kuzak @ Legacy Lanes - October 18 , 2013
Bowling, Zombies, Wheel Barrow of Booze, who could ask for much more? Local artists & tattoo artists painted bowling pins that were used as trophy prizes for the costume contests. We had an overflowing candy table for guests to take treats home with them, and everyone had a great time.
Second Annual 5220 Bike Rally @ Quaker Steak & Lube - July 13 , 2013
Due to increasingly painful and more frequent muscle spasms from his injuries, Jimmy was unable to lead the pack via trike this year. However, that didn't keep him or his spirit down, he was still leading this amazing ride along with Officer Nolte in a Clairton Police Car. Hundreds of bikes packed the Quaker Steak & Lube in Pleasant Hills to show their support and ride together for a cause. Special thanks to Steely McBeam for donating his time to take photos with the guests, Mike Weis for photographing the event, DJ Rocky of Hot Metal Harley for keeping us rockin' from morning until afternoon, and the Lube for working with us on this event, as well as Breugger's Bagels for donating bagels, cream cheese and utensils for our breakfast and to Old Time Coffee for setting up and donating free coffee, tea and hot cocoa as well as their time to the bikers as they arrived in the morning. Another huge thank you to the Beach Room at Mineral Beach for letting us use their location as our half way point and Sweet Treat Buffets for sponsoring our snacks there and setting up the most creative cookie table we've ever seen. As always the company was amazing, we couldn't ask for better friends new and old, and hundreds of bikers riding seamlessly through an approximate 80 mile ride. A big thank you to the volunteers that helped make this possible, as well as the countless donations from local businesses and supporters for basket raffle items, supplies, flyer printing and so much more!
Kostumes For Kuzak @ South Hills Country Club - October 13 , 2012
This spooky spectacular was a ton of fun! A very special thank you to Jimmy Krenn for his gut-busting comedy, DJ Dangerous Dale for keeping the crowd dancing all night long, and Mike Weis for taking photos and printing take-home memories for everyone who visited the photo area at the party. The guests made candy bags as favors, and a delcious spread prepared by the South Hills Country Club Chef and staff was enjoyed by all. We celebrated two special birthdays with cake and of course singing to both Jimmy Krenn and DJ Dangerous Dale! Almost everyone came dressed to impress, and the Kostume contest was so hard on the Country Club Staff who chose the winners for us, that they had to add two categories! Thank you to everyone for coming out and dressing up for the night, it was a great time, and we look forward to doing it again next year!
First Annual 5220 Bike Rally @ Quaker Steak & Lube - August 26 , 2012
Again, Mobility Works came through in lending Jimmy their handicap accessible trike, so that he could ride in an amazing 321 bike pack led by Clairton Police K-9 Officer Keith Zenkovich in our approximately 80 mile run, with a total of 421 guests at our deck party. A special thank you to Jason & Liz of QSL Southland for being a part of this amazing fundraiser, and to the Bull Pen in Avella for hosting our half way point. It was a beautiful sunny day, filled with laughter, love and a great ride. The sound of bikes and pipes filled many municipalities, and a very special thank you is in order to all of the officers and EMT's who helped with road closures, escorting, and just showing up to support. This was one of our most successful and emotional fundraisers. Less than two weeks after the verdict, it was extremely touching to have the community out in full force! Thank you to everyone who attended, those who donated basket raffle items, and to the volunteers who put in the countless hours of work to make this happen...we couldn't have done this without all of you!
No-Justice For Kuzak Rally - August 17 , 2012
After the news broke of the not guilty verdict of the two men accused of the shooting, the community was in shock and outraged. People gathered around the court house to show that justice had not been served for Officer Kuzak, just one day prior and wanted to show him that they were still in his corner. Rain poured down, as did the support from the community. People gathered on their lunch breaks, friends, family and even strangers gathered to show their support huddled in front of the courthouse. Jim and his family were emotional. "To have people that I've never met support me and see me on the streets and say thanks and give me a hug, that's Pittsburgh. I love it," Kuzak said. News crews and reporters came out in the rain to hear Jim speak, knowing that they had followed his story from the very beginning they were seeking his thoughts on the verdict. "I will say this. There is one person right now who knows who shot me, and that's Emilio Rivera. He was in that house. It was either him, and if the jury was right, or somebody else," Kuzak said.
First Heroes Game (Snowed-Out Make Up Date) - June 9, 2012
Last October, we got snowed out...this time, Mother Nature cut us a break on the weather! It was a great day for a double header! A very special thank you to everyone who made this possible. Therapy dogs were on hand from our Moloney's K-9 Academy family, and cats in mini cars entertained the folks in attendance. Ball park food was served including nachos, klondikes, Isaly's Ham BBQ sandwiches, hot dogs, and more!
Celebration Of Life at the Beach Room/Mineral Beach - March 31, 2012
As the one year anniversary of the shooting approached, we wanted to celebrate. We needed to celebrate. It has been a year of struggle, pain, perseverance and just like phoenix rising from the ashes, Jim has shown that he has the determination and strength to some day walk again. The Celebration Of Life was meant to be positive, just as Jim always is. He wanted everyone to have fun! Despite being in a wheelchair and still dealing with spasms, pain and discomfort, Jim is beyond thankful to be here and is enjoying his life to the fullest, no matter how challenging it may be these days. Tons of supporters helped make this day possible and special. Father Nick gave a beautiful blessing as the celebration kicked off, Eddie the Gun Safety Eagle posed for photos with the guests, Cindy of Winkers and friends did awesome balloon twisting, Andrea Olenak had the kids lined up for her airbrushed tattoos, the Pittsburgh Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums gave a spine tingling performance. Balloonatics donated our beautiful centerpieces, Nicole Savage made special "Jimmy Edition" paracord bracelets and donated a portion of the costs to the benefit fund. Buffo the world's strongest clown said he was honored to be part of our celebration and gave everyone a show they would not soon forget. Sounds4Gotten DJ had the crowd dancing all night. A special thanks to the Beach Room for letting us use their space, Gary Cooper our photographer, Blaine Hill BBQ, and the wonderful businesses that donated deserts, and items to be raffled. And we can not forget our volunteers, our "second family" who have been with us throughout this past year, through thick and thin, words cannot express how much you are appreciated. We are blessed to have such great family and friends. Here's to many more years, and many more celebrations!
"Black Friday K9 Meet & Greet and Merchandise Sale" at the Monroeville Mall - November 25, 2011
A very special thank you to Monroeville K9 Officer Paul Bodnar for arranging this great event. Our second fundraiser at the Monroeville Mall was an even bigger success than the first! There were Police K9, Search & Rescue and Therapy Dogs on hand to meet the Black Friday Monroeville Mall Shoppers, and their handlers were available for any questions. A special appearance was even made by our Master Trainer Pat Moloney! Support Officer Kuzak Merchandise was available to purchase such as tee shirts, long sleeve tees, hooded sweat shirts, zip up hoods, wrist bands, decals and more! It was a great time had by all. Everyone loved meeting the dogs, and a lot of merchandise was sold to support a great cause! Thanks to everyone who made it out on this busy Black Friday for this great event.
"Comedy Night" at the Corner Café in the SouthSide - November 23, 2011
A very special thank you to Jim & Hedy Krenn for organizing this great event! A fun night of laughs and good company with amazing people. Thank you so much for your hospitality! The opening acts, magician, singers were ALL amazing! It was a great night filled with pre-Thanksgiving laughs, story telling, music and much more! Thank you to everyone who made it out to make this evening a great success! A special thank you to the folks who drove in from West Virginia at the last minute when they found out there were a few tickets still available.
"K9 Meet & Greet and Kuzak Merchandise Sale" at the Monroeville Mall - November 12, 2011
A very special thank you to Monroeville K9 Officer Paul Bodnar for arranging this great event. There were Police K9, Search & Rescue, Autistic Service and Therapy Dogs on hand to meet Monroeville Mall Shoppers, and their handlers were available for any questions. Support Officer Kuzak Merchandise was available to purchase such as tee shirts, long sleeve tees, hooded sweat shirts, zip up hoods, wrist bands, decals and more! It was a great time had by all. Everyone loved meeting the dogs, and a lot of merchandise was sold to support a great cause! Thanks to everyone who made it out for this fun event.
"Jewelry Fundraiser" at the Hampton Inn in West Mifflin - November 6, 2011
Dory Dietz of Premier Designs Jewelry donated 100% of her profits to the Officer James Kuzak Jr Benefit Fund! Tons of beautiful jewelry was sold, everyone had a great time eating appetizers and mingling at the Hampton Inn. A very special thank you to Dory for this great fundraiser, and to everyone who came out to make this the huge success that it was!
"Raffle Winners" from the cancelled Heroe's Baseball Game - November, 2011
A very special thank you to everyone who tried to make this Baseball game fundraiser a success. Due to snow, our game had to be cancelled. Keep checking back in the upcoming events section for the rescheduled date this spring! You won't want to miss this game! Congratulations to the following raffle winners:
Grace Bodura - 2 Pirate Tickets
Pat Moloney - Autographed Baseball
Anne McCourt - Autographed Team Picture
This year's Amen Corner Awards ceremony for police bravery was marked with a sense of solemnity as the tragedy in Lower Burrell and the loss of fellow Officer Derek Kotecki brought home once again the dangers of police work.
A special tribute was paid to Officer Jim Kuzak whose gunshot wounds have left him in a wheelchair. Jim says the death of Officer Kotecki shows the supreme sacrifice of a career in law enforcement.
"We're not just out there writing the speeding tickets and things like that. Everything we tend to do is dangerous. Not many other employees go to work wearing a bullet proof vest and putting a gun or two on and then expecting that that's their day" -- Officer Kuzak.
"Harley Raffle Winner" Hot Metal Harley Davidson of West Mifflin - August, 2011
Rick Solomon was the lucky winner of a new Harley Davidson Motorcycle courtesy of Hot Metal Harley in West Mifflin. A very special thank you to John Miniajlo for organizing this raffle. Proceeds went to the Officer James Kuzak Benefit Fund!
"Paws for the Cause" at the Peterswood Park in Peters Township - August 27, 2011
Shorty Rossi of Animal Planet's Pit Boss, Jim Krenn, Sally Wiggins and many more showed up to show their support
at the Paws for the Cause. K9 demonstrations, speakers, raffles, auctions, music, entertainment, paws walk and a BBQ buffet
by Two Brothers BBQ. Shorty was on hand to sign autographs and take pictures. Thanks to everyone who came out to make
this event a huge success.
Jefferson Hills Recreation Board's co-ed softball tournament - August, 2011
The softball tournament consisting of eight teams, raised more than $2,000 for the James Kuzak Benefit Fund!
Complete with raffles, refreshments, and an auction, this event was a great time had by all.
"Annual Summer Concert" South HIlls Country Club - August 19, 2011
South Hills Country Club's Annual Summer Concert featured The Clarks this year, along wtih opening act Comedian Billy Elmer. This years concert benefit went to Project Bundle Up, Benson Scholarship Fund & The James Kuzak Jr, Benefit Fund. Live entertainment, raffles, open bar, live auction and a buffet dinner were the highlights of this fun-filled night! Thank you to everyone who helped organize and everyone who attended this wonderful event!
"Bowlin' for Jimmy" at the AMF Bowing Lanes in Mt. Lebanon - July 31, 2011
For a small donation, families, co-workers and friends of Jim Kuzak were able to bowl and have a great time.
The turn out was great and the fun was non-stop. What a fun day for adults and kids alike! A special thanks to
Ms. Lyn Field for pulling this all together.
"Rock-n-Hockey" at the Isoplex in Peters Township - July 23, 2011 This huge event to benefit Officer Jim Kuzak and Cpl. Dan Hahn from Cranberry Township. "Rock-N-Hockey"
was the brainchild of Dave and Robin Stanton who worked tirelessly to put together a great family event including
a police hockey game, a "chuck a puck" and a battle of the bands. Everyone had a blast!!!
Chick-Fil-A in Pleasant Hills - July 16, 2011 Hosted a benefit for Officer James Kuzak where a portion of the food sales went to the benefit fund. In the parking lot there
were games for the kids, a Chinese auction and a DJ playing everyone's favorite music. A good time was had by all.
"Guns 'n Hoses" Boxing Event at the Monroeville Expo Mart - July 9, 2011 Western Pennsylvania Police Athletic League held a Guns ’n Hoses boxing event at the Pittsburgh Expo Mart in Monroeville. Included in the “brotherhood” was Baldwin Borough Police Chief Michael Scott, he of the kilt-clad Pittsburgh Police Emerald
Society Pipes & Drums band, which, prior to the first match of the night, performed in honor of Kuzak and all police officers
Police officers and boxing enthusiasts showed up for a night to truly remember.
"Honorary Grand Marshal" Brentwood Parade - July 4, 2011 Jim was so thankful to be the Honorary Grand Marshal for the Brentwood Parade this year. Thank you to everyone who came out and showed their support.
"Police Appreciation Day" South Hills Country Club - June 27, 2011 The South Hills Country Club hosted their annual "Police Appreciation Day" with the focus this year on raising money for the
James Kuzak Benefit Fund. Police officers and golfers from around the area came out for a great day of golf and a fantastic dinner.
UFC - June 26, 2011 Jim had a chance to sit ring-side at UFC. Donations were collected for the James Kuzak Benefit Fund. Thank you to everyone who made this a success!
Barley's and Hop's in Bethel Park - June 18, 2011 Barley's and Hop's Bottle Shop in Bethel Park hosted a fundraising event for Officer Jim Kuzak. Even with a little downpour,
the turnout was fantastic and hundreds showed up to support Jimmy as he works hard to overcome his injuries.
Palisades in McKeesport - June 5, 2011
A great gathering of bands and musicians who came together for a day-long concert to benefit Officer James Kuzak.
Those who attended were treated to incredible music, good food, and an atmosphere of rock and roll. The event was
MC'd by Pittsburgh's own Bill Hillgrove and hosted by the Palisades in McKeesport.
"A Day in the Park" Vaccination Clinic and more - June 4, 2011 A rabies clinic sponsored by the Washington County Animal Control and Hidden Valley Animal Clinic held at shelter #2
at Peterswood Park in Peters Township. The clinic will ran from 11am until 2pm. $10 donation for rabies vaccines and all
proceeds went to the Officer James Kuzak Benefit Fund. Police K9s along with Search & Rescue Dogs were in attendance.
The K9s and SAR dogs put on demonstrations throughout the event. There was also a bake sale and Chinese Auction.
"NRA Convention" - June 3, 2011 Donations were collected for Officer Kuzak at the NRA Convention. A very special thanks to Keith, Tracy and Dan for collecting donations and speaking on Jim's behalf at the kiosks and giving a speech to the concealed carrying class. Ted Nugent gave Jim an autographed copy of his latest book, Team Glock signed items and T-Shirts for Jim and Gunnie signed and donated challenge coins and shirts. Thank you to everyone who came out and donated and showed their support!
"Lernerville Speedway" Police, Fire & EMS Night- June 3, 2011 Officer Kuzak was given a crash course in sprint car racing from Dan and Danny Holtgraver outside the main gates when he arrived. Volunteers were on hand collecting donations for the Officer James Kuzak Benefit Fund. It was a great night full of sit on the edge of your seat racing with great people! Thank you to everyone who showed up for this fun-filled event.
"Blood Drive" #3 Firehall in West Mifflin - May 31, 2011 Dozens of supporters turned out at the West Mifflin #3 Fire Hall to donate blood in the name of Officer James Kuzak.
Sponsored by the Central Blood Bank, West Mifflin #3 Fire Company and Allegheny County Councilman Bob Macey,
the event was a great success.
Rock Bottom / Sing Sing / Renegade Pigs at the Waterfront in West Homestead - May 29, 2011 Police officers from around the region, family and friends of Officer Kuzak gathered at the Waterfront to support the benefit fund.
There were Chinese auctions, music, shirt sales, Harley ticket sales and games for the kids. Jim also come out to enjoy the day.
Also in attendance was legendary wrestler and Pittsburgh icon Bruno Sammartino.
"Torch Run" Special Olympics - May, 2011 Jim was honored and blessed to be able to be part of the Torch Run for this years Special Olympics. Thank you to everyone who came out to show support!
"Pancake Breakfast" at the St. David's Church in Peters Township - May 21, 2011 Everyone who attended enjoyed some great food, local entertainment, and a Chinese auction that included signed jersey's
from current and former Pittsburgh Penguins as well as some signed Pirate memorabilia.
Pittsburgh Bottle Shop Café - May 19, 2011
This event was a huge success and included a Chinese auction, drink specials and a lot of comradery.
The turn out was great as police officers from dozens of area departments stopped by to support Officer Kuzak.
Rita's Italian Ice in Bethel Park - May 15, 2011
A fundraiser for Officer Kuzak. In addition to a Chinese auction in front of the store, Rita's Bethel Park donated 20% of
ALL SALES from that day to the Officer James Kuzak Benefit Fund.
"Pittsburgh Power" Consol Energy Center - May 7, 2011
Officer Kuzak enjoyed a day away from the hospital to attend the Pittsburgh Power game, where he was asked to perform the coin toss.
5K Fundraiser - May, 2011
A very special thank you to Chief Rob Hoffman for organizing this 5k fundraising event! A great time was had by all.
Police Basketball Game at West Allegheny High School - May 6, 2011
An all-police basketball game was played for the James Kuzak Benefit Fund. Teams included officers from Peters Township,
Cecil, Robinson, Findlay and the Washington County Sheriff's Office. There were refreshments for the spectators and Ben Gay
for the players.
"Driving Dedicated: Rev up Giving" at Carnegie Mellon University - May 4, 2011
Mechanical engineering students at Carnegie Mellon University dedicated their race car to Officer Jim Kuzak. The car will be
racing throughout the country against others cars that are custom built. This event was titled "Driving Dedicated: Rev Up Giving" Attendees also enjoyed bagpipe music and refreshments.
Borough & Township Memorial - May, 2011
Borough & Township Police Association held it's yearly police memorial for fallen officers. Jim got a chance to speak.
At the Pleasant Bar in Pleasant Hills - May, 2011
The food was great, the band was awesome and the company was outstanding. Everyone there had a heck of a time
with the cause benefiting a hell of a guy. More days like this to come!!!
Clubhouse Lounge in South Park - April 25, 2011
A fundraising event to benefit Officer Jim Kuzak. Hundreds of people attended and enjoyed great food, bagpipe music,
Chinese Auctions and endless entertainment.
"Bike Night" at Quaker Steak & Lube in Pleasant Hills - April, 2011
Bike Night at Quaker Steak and Lube in Pleasant Hills was a great success for the Officer Kuzak Benefit Fund. Many of his friends and colleagues stopped by to purchase a T-Shirt or a Wristband.
"Spaghetti Dinner" at the Elementary School in Clairton - April, 2011
The Clairton Bears held a spaghetti dinner in the elementary school cafeteria to benefit the Officer James Kuzak Benefit Fund.
Many local residents turned out to enjoy a good spaghetti dinner for a great cause.
"Donation Drive" at the Consol Energy Center - April 13, 2011
Over two dozen of Jim's friends volunteered to collect for the Officer Jim Kuzak Benefit Fund at the Consol Energy Center
before the Penguins Game. We learned how generous Pittsburgh truly is.
"Blood Drive" at the Peters Township VFD and the Clairton VFD - April 11th & 12th, 2011 Blood drives were held at the Peters Twp VFD and the Clairton VFD on April 11th & 12th. The turnout for each was amazing
with record numbers of Pittsburghers donating blood.
"Candlelight Vigil" at Clairton Park - April 8th, 2011 A candlelight vigil was held at Clairton Park. Hundreds of residents, police officers, clergy, friends and colleagues came
out on a cold and rainy night to say a prayer for Officer Jim Kuzak.