Tragically, St. Petersburg Police officers Thomas Baitinger, Jeffrey Yaslowitz and David Crawford lost their lives in the line of duty. Sergeant Baitinger, 48, is survived by his wife, Paige. K-9 Officer Yaslowitz, 39, is survived by his wife, Lorraine, and their three children, and Officer Crawford is survived by his wife, Donna, and their daughter.
To honor the lives and heroism of these officers, Johnny and Michelle Damon joined the team to Uncork for a Cause with the release of Damon, a very limited 2007 red wine from Napa Valley, California.
The Damon’s, his teammates, and their guests enjoyed a special evening at the spectacular Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club. They dined on a spectacular menu from the Vinoy’s award winning kitchen including Boston Chowda, Hot Roast Beef Sliders, Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes, Mini Hot Pastrami Sandwiches, Lafayette Coney Dog Sliders, Mini Cuban Sandwiches, Fried Grouper Sliders and Mini Key Lime Pies - specialties from each city where Johnny played throughout his career. The evening also included a wine tasting, a fantastic silent auction filled with sports memorabilia, and above all an opportunity to say thank you to those who sacrifice so much. Johnny’s wine was offered for sale with a personalized autograph. Proceeds from the evening and sale of Johnny’s wine benefited the families of these fallen officers through the Sun Coast Police Benevolent Association.
July 16, 2011 - Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club - St. Petersburg, FL