Special to the PatriotLast year, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Topton, the Topton Volunteer Fire Company and The Northeast Berks Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans hosted an "All You Can Eat Homemade Chicken Pot Pie Dinner" to benefit the Berks-Lehigh Regional Police K-9 Unit.

Once again, those three organizations are teaming up with Weis Markets, sponsoring this event to raise funds for the K-9 unit.

The dinner will be held on March 1 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Topton Volunteer Fire Company. The menu includes all-you-can-eat homemade chicken pot pie, lettuce with bacon dressing or coleslaw, roll and a beverage.

"It is very important that our community supports this unit and remains proactive to keep our community safer," said Andrea Moyer in a recent release.

All proceeds from the event will be used to purchase training equipment, emergency medical equipment for the canine officers and specialized vehicles capable of transporting the canine officers with their handlers.

"At that time, they had one canine officer, Czar who was trained and had much experience with his handler, Officer Cliff Deutch. They had worked in Florida and recently moved to our area and began this unit with Chief Weiser. The unit was in the process of training a second dog, Pako and his handler is Ryan Rhoads," said Moyer.

Last year's event raised $5, 700 for the K-9 unit. At the dinner, they served more than 600 meals.

"The attendance and community support was wonderful," said Moyer.

Within the last year, the K-9 unit has acquired a third canine officer currently going through training in explosives and patrol-a vital component for this unit, according to Moyer.

Tickets are $7.50 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children ages 5 and younger.

Shut-in delivery within the Topton area is available. Call 610-682-2755 between 4 to 7 p.m. on March 1. Take out is also available. Both the shut-in and take out meals include pot pie, coleslaw and roll only.

Contributed by Andrea Moyer.

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