Each year, on Sunday afternoon of the Vernon Hills Summer Celebration, the Vernon Hills Police Department holds a Cream-A-Cop fundraising event.
The event began in 2016 as a fundraiser for the family of Vernon Hills Police Officer Andy Rheintgen, who lost a courageous battle with cancer earlier that year. Since that time, the money raised from Cream-A-Cop has gone to support other worthwhile causes.
2016 - Officer Andy Rheintgen 2017 - FAST (Foundation For Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics) - Chosen in honor of Nathan Gillespie, who fights AS daily. Nathan is the son of VHPD Sgt. Andrew Gillespie and his wife Kaline. 2018 - Pancreatic Cancer research - Chosen to honor longtime Summer Celebration volunteer Phil Siembal, who died a few months prior to the 2018 Summer Celebration after a short bout with the disease.
The 2019 Cream-A-Cop, held on July 21, raised funds for the 100 Club of Chicago. The 100 Club of Chicago provides for the families of first responders who have lost their lives in the line of duty. This membership based organization offers several forms of financial assistance, access to resources and moral support. All sworn federal, state, county and local first responders stationed in Cook and Lake Counties are included.
Thanks to the generosity of Summer Celebration attendees, $1,017.00 was raised. A big thank you to the Summer Celebration Committee for their continued support of Cream-A-Cop.