Cotton Bowl Foundation Supports Arlington PD K9 Unit for 2021 North Texas Giving Day
By Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic Communications
Posted on September 17, 2021, September 17, 2021

The Cotton Bowl Foundation is once again participating in the 2021 North Texas Giving Day on Thursday, September 23. This year, the official foundation of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic is providing support to a unique group that works daily to protect and serve Arlington residents and visitors.

The Arlington Police Department K9 Unit is the beneficiary of the Cotton Bowl Foundation's funds and matching donations generated during this year's one-day giving event.

Click here to donate on the Cotton Bowl Foundation's North Texas Giving Day page. The first $10,000 raised will be matched by an anonymous donor.

All money raised is going to secure a new service dog and provide the critical financial support needed to manage the health care needs of all dogs in the unit. Since 1979, the APD K9 Unit has helped keep Arlington safe by assisting officers in their daily duties from apprehending suspects to conducting sweeps of buildings and public gatherings for possible threats.

"It takes a lot of time to train them and get them up and going -- and it also costs money to purchase them," said Sergeant Megan Eilrich, who oversees the APD K9 Unit. "Sometimes finding the money for that can be a challenge. So having this money is a relief to our unit, to be able to provide the next two or three dogs. We're extremely grateful for the Cotton Bowl Foundation's support."

Communities Foundation of Texas' North Texas Giving Day is an 18-hour online giving event designed to empower every person to give back to their community by supporting local nonprofits and causes they care about in one easy-to-use platform. The event helps build awareness and support for nonprofits like nothing else.

In 2020, $58.8 million was raised through 106,000 donors benefiting over 3,200 local nonprofits, bringing the twelve-year total to over $375 million for our community.

North Texas Giving Day is the largest community-wide giving event in the nation. Since its inception in 2009, this online event has transformed from an idea to help local people give wisely, to a movement that has ignited a broad culture of community-wide giving. During North Texas Giving Day, everyone has the opportunity to be a philanthropist to build a stronger and more vibrant community.

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