For the third time ever, law enforcement officers and their families are getting the chance to relax, recover, and recharge at a weekend retreat designed specifically for those holding the thin blue line.
But this year, the organizers are doing things a little differently. It was just announced that the public is now welcome to take part in the activities.
In preparation of this exciting event, here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming Law Enforcement Officers Weekend in Lake George, New York.
First off, it’s important to note the mission behind the weekend. The organization who hosts the retreat takes all proceeds from their events and uses them to pay for the families of fallen officers to take part in the weekend.
This year, 27 surviving family members of fallen officers will be hosted at the event.
The doors open on Friday, June 14th and events last through Sunday the 16th. Here’s a taste of what’s to be expected. Plus – don’t miss our National Spokesperson Kyle Reyes at the event!
Friday, June 14
This year U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik will join the LEO Weekend at its opening ceremony in Shepard Park in Lake George to speak on Friday, June 14th.
There will also be an opening ceremony parade of vintage police cars starting on Beach Road at 4:30 p.m. and heading to Canada Street where they will stop at Shepard Park.
The Opening Ceremony will begin at 5:00 p.m. where Stefanik will speak. At this ceremony there will also be a memorial service in honor of several officers who were killed in the line of duty or from work-related illnesses.
This year LEO Weekend — along with the New York City Chapter of Brotherhood for the Fallen — is bringing 5 families to Lake George for the weekend and is hosting the Botta Family as honored guests. Detective Anthony Botta (NYPD) and his family have been helping their daughter, Jackie, battling Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), a rare kidney disease which forces Jackie in and out of the hospital on a monthly basis. FSGS is the leading cause of Kidney Failure in children with Nephrotic Syndrome.
The opening ceremony is FREE for the public to attend. This coincides with the kick off of the village’s Fridays at the Lake Bands and Brews concert series. The concert includes Kristen Capolino and Better Off Led, a Led Zeppelin tribute band. There will be a beer and wine garden and the event is family and dog-friendly.
Here’s some action from last year’s event!
Saturday, June 15
Vintage Police Car Display — 1 to 5 p.m. Fort William Henry Lawn. FREE
People can view and take photos with the vintage police cars on Friday or on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. on the lawn at Fort William Henry where the LEO Weekend conference will be headquartered.
Wine Down & Win Designer Purse Bingo — 2 to 5 p.m. King Neptune’s. $20 admission
Brand New this year and open to the public is the Wine Down & Win Designer Purse Bingo event organized by the National Police Wives Association. This event takes place at the King Neptune’s Pub Crows Nest (top floor) from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 15. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. This adults-only event (21 and over) is only $20 per person and includes an open wine bar, hors d’oeuvres and bingo play for designer handbags, custom jewelry, tactical equipment, and other amazing prizes! Police officers will also be modeling the handbags!
K9 Demonstration — 5 to 6 p.m. Fort William Henry Lawn. FREE
The Public is also invited to a K9 demonstration from 5 to 6 p.m. on the Fort William Henry Back Lawn/Veranda. Meet these dogs and see them in action! The K9 demonstration is FREE to attend!
Comedy Show & Tap Takeover Fundraiser — 7 to 10 p.m. King Neptune’s. $45 admission
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission includes open bar and hors d’oeuvres with a tap takeover by Northway Brewing and the comedy show! There will also be a 50/50, raffle prizes and live music after the comedy show. Comedians include Kevin Downey, Jr. and Eric Potts
Sunday, June 16
3K Family Color Run for Father’s Day — 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Charles R. Wood Park. $35 registration
Walk, jog or run through a course of full color explosions on a course that takes you through Festival Commons at Charles R. Wood Park, into the nature area where you can see turtles, frogs and birds (please not color splashes here) and out on West Brook and Beach Road for beautiful view of Lake George before ending back in Festival Commons with a DJ, vendors and more fun! It’s the perfect way to start Father’s Day and support LEO Weekend. Sponsored in part by Target and with in-kind services of the Lake George Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Watch the episode of Behind the Uniforms below to see creator Austin Glickman’s “why” behind the weekend.
This event is sure to be an incredible success and a great way to give back to our LEO community and those surviving families who are working to rebuild their lives. For more information on the weekend and events, visit their Facebook page here or their website here.
Get out there and support the blue!