Border Patrol Gives Cattle Call Winnings To The Boys & Girls Club
The spirit of giving and the holidays kicked off during the Fifth Annual Christmas on Main Street celebration located at the Plaza Park in Brawley, Calif., on Sunday Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. George Wetjen, Assistant Patrol Agent in Charge of the United States Border Patrol Indio Station, attended representing the U.S. Border Patrol during a special presentation to the Brawley Boys and Girls Club from the Brawley Chamber of Commerce.
The Brawley Boys and Girls Club were presented a check for $1,000, the Sweepstakes prize money from Brawley Cattle Call Parade Float Contest which was won by the El Centro Sector Border Patrol. Due to federal regulations the Border Patrol is unable to accept the prize money and therefore requested the Brawley Chamber of Commerce to donate it to a charity organization of its choice.
On Oct. 13, 2009, the Brawley Boys and Girls Club was burglarized and $2,600 worth of items were stolen. The club provides a physically and emotionally safe environment that enables youth to build solid, healthy relationships within the club.
According to Wetjen, a Brawley native who once frequented the Boys and Girls Club as a child, it is an honor to be part of something that gives back to a place that provided a safe refuge for him when he was younger.
“I am saddened to hear about the misfortune they suffered a while back,” he said. “I am proud to be part of an event which will help an organization that helped so many kids including myself over the years.”
El Centro Sector Chief Patrol Agent Jeffrey A. Calhoon said Wetjen’s participation is an example of how important it is to establish a relationship with the community.
“Assistant Patrol Agent in Charge Wetjen illustrates how Border Patrol Agents are integral parts of the community,” he said. “Not only does he serve the community he lives in, he is a product of it as well.”
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.