Denver CO Feb 10 2017 On Valentine’s Day, Denver Union Station will host a fundraiser benefiting the family of an RTD security officer who was fatally shot.
The “Day of Love” fundraiser will benefit survivors of Officer Scott Von Lanken, who was killed Jan. 31 at Union Station while working and in uniform.
A former Wisconsin police officer, Von Lanken, 56, was a pastor, husband and father of two.
On Tuesday, several Denver Union Station restaurants and retail outlets, along with other neighborhood establishments, will donate 10 percent of all proceeds to Von Lanken’s family.
The fundraiser was conceived by Dan Skvarca, operations manager and proprietor of Mercantile Dining & Provisions, a Union Station business.
“Scott was a valued member of our community, and he will be greatly missed,” Skvarca said. “We wanted to create a way for the community to join together to celebrate his life and do something helpful for his family in the wake of this senseless tragedy.”
Participating merchants include Mercantile, the Cooper Lounge, Terminal Bar, Pigtrain Coffee Co., Milkbox Ice Creamery, Snooze – an A.M. Eatery, Tattered Cover, Next Door Union Station, Stoic & Genuine, Hopdoddy Burger Bar and Protein Bar, according to a news release. Denver’s Alpine Bank and IMA Financial Group have pledged to match all monies raised next Tuesday, up to $3,000.
RTD Transit Police and Allied Universal, Officer Von Lanken’s employer, have set up a memorial fund to help support his family through the Rocky Mountain Law Enforcement Credit Union. To make a donation directly, please contact the credit union at rmlefcu.org or 303-458-6660.