Sat, Apr 27|
Studer Community Institute
Grogan Strong Gala
A black tie affair featuring live music from local bands Hashtag Swing and Redstone, a silent auction, and hors d'oeuvres. Event benefits Officer Grogan of Pensacola Police Department in his battle against brain cancer.
Time & Location
Apr 27, 2019, 5:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Studer Community Institute, 220 W Garden St #100, Pensacola, FL 32502, USA
About the event
About the event:
- This is a Black Tie Affair, please dress appropriately
- No children under 12 admitted
- Tickets are $30 a person, $55 a couple
- 50% of ticket sales will go to the Grogan family
- 100% of silent auction money will go to the Grogan family
- Follow our Facebook page for updates on the event and the line up of silent auction items
- Ladies of Law Enforcement is a ministry of Crestview Independent Baptist Church
- This event is jointly hosted by Ladies of Law Enforcement and Pensacola Police Department
- Must be present to bid on and win silent auction items
- Questions/Concerns or to Donate/Sponsor the event:
- Hannah Fortune (Ladies of Law Enforcement) 850.758.0152
- Felicia Rabb (Studer Institute) 850.324.4113
Special thanks to:
Hors D'oeuvres: Eggfest
Photo Booth: Salz Studio
Decorations: Wedding Walls
Venue: Studer Community Institute
Live Music Bands: Hashtag Swing and Redstone
Professional Photography: Transcending Dreams Photography
About Officer Grogan:
Officer Stephen Grogan was given some devastating news. It's easier if we just start from the beginning... So here goes..
Stephen spent seven years in the USMC as a Captain, where he saw combat before coming home. He settled here with his wife, also a former Marine, and their new son. He landed a safe, well-paying, white-collar job that would be the envy of any young man with a family. The kind of job where folks don’t call you bad names and you don’t wear other people’s bodily fluids home. But something kept gnawing at him. He just felt that he had more to offer. He made one phone call and asked a thousand questions. Almost immediately, Stephen made the decision that he wanted to continue to serve his country and community as a police officer. A Pensacola Police Officer. Officer Grogan had a family background in police work, as his father had served as a police officer himself. He approached his new job with zeal and a great sense of duty, coupled with aspirations to make this new public servant job a lifelong career.
Within a year of Stephen becoming a solo patrol officer, he began experiencing debilitating headaches. He went to the doctor and received unimaginable news. At merely 31 years of age, Officer Grogan was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, a rare form of aggressive and recurring brain cancer. Without treatment, the expected survival rate for this form of cancer was less than three months. Even with treatment, the outlook was bleak, with people commonly surviving only about a year and very few people surviving five years or longer.
Stephen moved forward with treatment and underwent brain surgery. The doctors told him they were able to remove the majority of the tumor, and chemotherapy and medical scans would be the ongoing treatment requirement. As soon as his head healed from the surgery, Officer Grogan was anxious to get back on the streets. Unfortunately, Stephen experienced a seizure and was informed that if he came back to work it would have to be in a limited duty status. He accepted this new job assignment without complaint, making the best of his desk job and approaching his duties with his usual positive attitude.
After some time in this position, Officer Grogan was medically released to return to patrol duties. When another unexpected seizure placed him back in an administrative position, Officer Grogan was still committed to serving within the police department. As he continued his treatments for cancer, he and his family were blessed to experience the birth of another son.
About two years after the initial cancer diagnosis, things appeared to be going well for the Grogan family. Tragically, this happy ending was not long lived as Stephen was recently informed that the Glioblastoma is back. The prognosis is not good, with limited treatment options. The doctors have offered a sobering life expectancy.
As we all know, in addition to requiring intensive medical care, battling cancer takes a severe toll on the family. In this case, cancer’s victim is a dedicated public servant with a wife and two very young children. He has spent his entire adult life serving others. The PPD family is raising money to help cover any expenses associated with his battle against cancer, to offer the Grogan family the opportunity to possibly take that "bucket list" vacation as a family, and to offer his wife some financial security for the trying times ahead.
This Black Tie Gala is a way for the Pensacola community as a whole to come together and support one of our finest and to thank him for the dedication he has given the community!
Grogan Strong Gala- Single Adm
This ticket admits only ONE guest to the Gala.$30.00
Grogan Strong Gala- Couple Adm
This ticket admits you and your plus one ONLY.$55.00