With just 10 days to go before leaving for Tanzania and their Special Olympics fundraising climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro, Wilton Police lieutenants David Hartman and Rob Kluk are about to get a bit more of a boost to the funds they’re raising.
Wilton resident Kevin Wall and the Arthur J. Wall Scholarship Fund are making a last ditch effort to kick up the fundraising tally, with a matching funds challenge for the last week before the team leaves. The AJW Fund will match 100% of funds raised, up to $1,000, from individuals who make donations on the team donation site) between now and Friday, Feb. 14.
The AJW Scholarship Fund has already helped the officers’ effort, making a $5,000 donation last July to push Hartman and Kluk past the minimum required amount to qualify and participate on the climb.
The two are part of a team of police officers from around Connecticut who will “Conquer Kili” for Special Olympics. To date, Hartman and Kluk have raised more than $25,000; the full team has amassed close to $143,000.
Wall started the fund in memory of his father to honor the commitment to community the late Art Wall exemplified. The fund is able to support local organizations through the Annual Art Wall Golf Outing each September, which Wall says gets strong support from friends and local businesses. He adds that the success of the 2019 golf outing has enabled him to make the matching challenge.
“We’re pleased to support the officers’ “Conquering Kilimanjaro” effort, where 100% of the funds raised go directly to CT Special Olympics,” says Wall. “We hope the matching funds will push Wilton PD to the summit of both Mt. Kilimanjaro and the friendly fundraising challenge between participating police departments.”
Pictured above: Kevin Wall (center) presenting Lt. David Hartman (L) and Lt. Rob Kluk of the Wilton Police Department with the Arthur J. Wall Scholarship Foundation flag that the officers will carry on their climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro.