After the point-blank murder of NYPD Detectives Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in December, several Brooklyn pubs and restaurants banded together to lend much-needed support to the officers’ families.
On Saturday, January 10 at 5 p.m., Bay Ridge’s No Quarter Tavern opened its doors to a crowd of people who wanted to make a difference in the community.
“There’s just so much going on right now as far as the police department goes,” said No Quarter Owner Gail Dermody, “and I think it was very important to stand up for the NYPD.”
With donations of various items from a number of restaurants and bars, the tavern raffled off prizes as patrons donated throughout the evening. The $10 entry fee included a free drink, with money raised going to the Tunnel to the Towers Foundation, which had paid off each family’s mortgage. State Senator Marty Golden and City Councilmember Vincent Gentile also made an appearance, along with several families whose relatives had been lost in the line of duty.
“At least a hundred people floated in and out of the door between the four hours we held the event, and the community was very supportive,” noted Dermody.
“It was the right thing to do—to stand up for a very worthy cause and try to make a difference,” she continued.
By evening’s end, the community had raised approximately $4,000 to support Ramos’ and Liu’s families.