Quaker FOP plans fundraising concert

SALEM – Fraternal Order of Police Quaker Lodge 88, which includes police officers from all over Columbiana County, is once again planning a fundraising oldies concert and soliciting ads for the program.

Center Stage Productions, the promoter for the event set for sometime this May, is now in the process of contacting area businesses and residents over the next few months about the ads and tickets.

FOP Quaker Lodge President Donn Beeson, the administrative lieutenant for the Salem Police Department, thought it might be a good idea to let people know that it’s a legitimate call and not some phone scam.

All the proceeds from the concert will be used for community projects, including scholarships.

This past year the group sponsored two $1,500 scholarships for students interested in law enforcement which is open to all students in Columbiana County and the West Branch school district. The scholarships went to a young lady from Leetonia and a young man from West Branch.

The group also serves as a major sponsor of the annual Thanksgiving dinner served at the Memorial Building in Salem, provides turkeys to families in need in the southern part of the county at Thanksgiving and assists families with children at Christmas in both ends of the county. Youth soccer, baseball and swim teams also receive support.

Just recently, the FOP Quaker Lodge donated $1,000 to kick off the memorial fund known as Abby Walker’s Light, established in memory of 13-year-old Abby Walker who died last April in an ATV accident. The fund set up at Huntington Bank for Abby Walker’s Light will be used for a scholarship through Southern Local schools, where she had been a student.

Beeson said the oldies concert fundraiser is held every two years at Salem High School.

“All the money we make on the concert is returned to the community through these various programs,” he said, stressing that the money is used all over the county, not just in Salem.

Tickets will be sold at the door, but the promoter also will be calling local citizens regarding tickets.

Beeson said the department received a call recently to ask if the concert program solicitation was legitimate, prompting the idea to let people know they should be expecting a call.

More details about the concert will be released at a later date.