When the Chatham Township PBA started their fundraising sticker drive this year, they did not expect to get a laptop computer.
Michael Giannone, the president of Chatham Township PBA Local No. 170, said the owners and manager of The Chatham Club contacted him after learning of this year's fundraiser and asked if the PBA needed anything special.
Giannone said Chris Rutgers, the facility manager, "[wanted] to do something extra this year and preferred to make a purchase of something tangible that would benefit our group over the long term."
After discussing their needs with the PBA, Rutgers and the club owners purchased a new laptop for the PBA in March.
"When the Chatham Club indicated they had interest in buying us something, we did not realize that they wanted to purchase something of such value. It was a great surprise," Giannone said. "We really appreciate it, because the PBA has needed one for a long time."
All members of the PBA will have access to the computer, which will be used for group business and organization. The computer will be stored either at the police department or with one of the executive members.
Giannone said the Chatham Club has been "a steadfast supporter of our group and all emergency service organizations" in the township. Past donations to police from the club include exercise equipment for the police gym.