From left, Longport Police Ptl. Alex Morelli, Police Chief Frank Culmone and Sgt. Ray Burgan presented an $18,000 check to Children’s Hosptial of Philadelphia.

LONGPORT – Longport Police Chief Frank Culmone, along with Sgt. Ray Burgan and Ptl. Alec Morelli, visited the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Wednesday to formally donate $18,000 raised through the department’s participation in the First Responder Hockey Event held at the Wells Fargo Arena at the end of 2023. The generous donation will be directed to CHOP’s Children’s Fund, which supports critical needs for patients and their families.

During their visit, officers had the privilege of exploring CHOP’s music therapy room, a program that greatly benefits from the donations made to the Children’s Fund. Music therapy is an integral part of CHOP’s Creative Arts Therapies, and it is known to have a positive impact on the psychological, physical, cognitive and social functioning of individuals with health or educational challenges.

Culmone expressed his gratitude and shared his thoughts on the meaningful experience of being a part of such a wonderful initiative.

“It is truly an honor for me and my officers to contribute to a cause that makes a real difference in the lives of those who need it the most. We are privileged to be able to give back and support the incredible work being done at CHOP,” he said in a statement.

Culmone recognized community members who supported the agency’s initiative and generously contributed to the noteworthy cause.

“Together, we have made a significant impact on the lives of children and their families who rely on the exceptional care provided by CHOP,” he said.

Culmone said the Longport Police Department is committed to serving the community and supporting organizations such as CHOP that provide exceptional care for children in need. The donation reflects the department’s dedication to making a positive impact and promoting the well-being of individuals and families within the communities.

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Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

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