DALLAS (Diya TV) — Leaders of the local Dallas Indian-American community recently raised money for the Assist the Officer Foundation in the aftermath of last month’s deadly ambush that left multiple police officers dead and others injured. Wednesday, they met with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Executive Assistant Police Chief David Pughes to announce the result of their efforts — a donation of over $60,000.
“We appreciate the protection you give us,” said A.K. Mago, founding chair of the U.S. India Chamber Foundation. “We wanted to recognize what you do for us every day.”
Mayor Rawlings expressed his gratitude for their efforts.
“This is more than generous,” he said. “I have such respect for the Indian community.”
Chief Pughes relayed the same sentiment.
“This shows your support to all of us,” he said.
About $30,000 of the donation came from the U.S. India Chamber and its members. Other groups, such as the Dallas Indian Lions Club, DFW Hindu Temple, the DFW Gujarati Samaj, the Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple, the Jain Society of North Texas and the India Association of North Texas, donated about $5,000 each.
Additionally, on Wednesday, the 7-Eleven DFW Franchisee Owners Association, led by president Raj Singh, donated $10,000 to the Assist the Officer Foundation.