Polo fundraising event to honor Pickett, help family


By Heather Lusk

A fundraiser for the family of slain Boone County Sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Pickett is designed to help Pickett’s family honor his memory.

Money raised at Zionsville’s Hickory Hall Polo Club Oct. 6 will allow the Pickett family to participate in National Police Week activities in Washington, D.C. in May, 2019. The week, designed to help families navigate loss, honors law enforcement with a candlelight vigil and memorial service.

Pickett, a K-9 officer, was fatally shot in the line of duty in March.

The Chandler family, who founded Hickory Hall Polo Club, approached the Picketts about the idea because they wanted to help however they could.

Donna Chandler wants to raise $40,000 at the event. Last month, the club raised $75,00 for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Dept.

The afternoon will be filled with activities, beginning with a K-9 demonstration prior to the match, a candy-drop by airplane at halftime and a live auction. Gates open at 11 a.m. and the match begins at 1 p.m. Police officers will collect admission at the gate with all proceeds going to the Pickett family.

Admission is $20 per vehicle on the day of the event. Reserved tailgate boxes are available in advance for $250 through Eventbrite.com.

Guests may bring their own food to tailgate during the match and meals will be available for purchase from LA Café.

“We’re going to make it fun,” Chandler said.

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