Celebrity autograph signing to benefit Officer Down Memorial Fund

Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Wilmington Police Recreation Association sponsored a celebrity autograph signing this weekend to benefit the Officer Down Memorial Fund.

The Wilmington Police Department is planning a memorial to be dedicated to New Hanover County Law Enforcement Officers killed in the line of duty.

The Memorial will be built in front of department headquarters, and will be a place for citizens, friends and family members to visit, reflect and honor our brave fallen officers.

Over a dozen celebrities signed autographs at Independence Mall in Wilmington Saturday, September 12 from 10:30am to 1:30pm.

Celebrities included:

  • John Bunting: former NFL linebacker - Philadelphia Eagles & former head coach at UNC-CH
  • James "Bonecrusher" Smith: former WBA World Heavyweight Champion
  • Karl Noonan: former NFL wide receiver - Miami Dolphins
  • Barry Foote: former MLB catcher - Yankees, Cubs, Phillies, Expos
  • Donnell Woolford: former NFL cornerback - Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers & member Clemson Hall of Fame
  • Billy Harris: former MLB second baseman - Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Royals
  • Cast Member(s) from One Tree Hill

Sophia Bush from One Tree Hill said participating in an event like this is the least she could do for the community.

"The community is very supportive of our show and our whole film department," said Bush.  "It really makes us want to give back to the community as well because they've been so welcoming to us."

Organizers hope to plan another fund raiser around February to mark the one year anniversary of the death of Wilmington Police Officer Richard Matthews.

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