When the community experienced the loss of three of St. Petersburg’s finest, children from the community are using the tragedy to spread hope.
In honor of fallen St. Petersburg police officers Jeffrey Yaslowitz, Tom Baitinger and David Crawford, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast (BGCS) has teamed up with Big3Records, SubbZero Entertainment, LLC and TASCO to create tribute song “Let’s Get Together.” The song is available for download on iTunes and serves as a fundraiser for the officer’s families.
“Let’s Get Together” uses music as a form of social transformation, and raises awareness in the younger generations about using something tragic to spread the message of hope in the community.
The project was led by BGCS Conservatory Artist-in-Residence and national recording artist Alex “LX” Harris after he discussed the tragedy with Herbert A. Murphy, Director for the Royal Theatre Boys & Girls Clubs Arts Academy, and 60 students. The song is sung by children from the BGCS.
Officers Yaslowitz, Baitinger, and Crawford were killed in the line of duty in January. The crime occurred just blocks away from where many BGCS children live. The song is available for download on iTunes for $0.99, and the video can be downloaded for $1.99. All the proceeds will go directly to helping out the families of the fallen officers.
About the Boys & Girls Club of the Suncoast:
The Boys & Girls Clubs of America movement came to Pinellas County in November 1959 with the founding of the Boys Club of Pinellas Park by Police Chief Maurice L. MacTarsney and Margret “Peg” Nunn. The Club began operating in January 1960 in an old frame building leased from the City of Pinellas Park with its first executive director, James S Hart Jr. The Boys Clubs of Pinellas, Inc. was chartered in August 1967 when its second club opened at the Northside location in St. Petersburg. In May 1970, at the urging of both the United Way and the Boys Clubs of America, the Boys Clubs of Pinellas County, Inc. was organized. In 1991, the Boys Clubs of Pinellas County opened its programs to all youth, forming Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast (BGCS), as we know it today, now with eleven locations. BGCS, under the leadership of Carl R. Lavender, Jr. has the goal “to influence the behavior and the attitudes of each individual boy and girl in a wholesome manner.” The sole purpose of BGCS is to provide children, youth, their families and the community opportunities for safe, structured, well supervised after school and summer youth programs, with an emphasis on leadership, education and self sufficiency. The organization has proven its commitment to service for children and community members with innovative and progressive programming and opportunities. Supporters of Boys & Girls Clubs include government politicians, law enforcement agency representatives, financial institutions, and education boards, among other concerned citizens. To find out more or to help, visit www.bgcsuncoast.org.