June 13, 2014

Gala to raise money for scholarships in memory of slain Arlington officer

Three Arlington high school graduates won a total of $5,000 this year to pursue law enforcement studies.

The fourth annual scholarship charity gala to raise funds in memory of fallen Arlington police officer Jillian Smith is set for June 27 at Cacharel Restaurant and Grand Ballroom in Arlington.

The evening, hosted by the African American Peace Officers Association of Arlington, will offer dancing, a dinner buffet and a cash bar. Casino gaming will give players a chance to win suite tickets to a Cowboys game. Casino gamers will also put winning tickets in drawings for Cowboys game party packages, a four-day cruise vacation package and spa packages.

Proceeds from the evening go toward funding scholarships for graduating seniors in Arlington schools who are interested in serving their community as law enforcement officers.

“We invite the Arlington community to join us for an evening of fun for an exceptional cause, honoring one of Arlington’s finest, Officer Jillian M. Smith,” writes event chairwoman Latesha Watson.

The African American Peace Officers Association has awarded more than $8,000 in scholarships. This year’s winners are Yahaira Morales Castro from Bowie High ($2,500), Lacara B. Rogers from Seguin High ($1,500) and Anton D. Clark from Seguin ($1,000.)

The scholarships are named in memory of Smith, who was killed in the line of duty during a domestic disturbance call in December 2010.

To inquire about the casino night fundraiser, contact Watson at 214-827-6921 or buy a ticket online at — Faye Reeder

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