Officer Blake Snyder


Dine Out to Benefit Family of Fallen Police Officer Blake Snyder

BALLWIN, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – Officer Blake Snyder – St. Louis restaurants and diners are coming together yet again to honor a police officer shot in the line of duty, and to raise cash for his family.  On November 1, restaurants across the metro area will donate proceeds from the day to the family of fallen St. Louis County Police Officer Blake Snyder.  The 33-year old officer was shot and killed while answering an early morning disturbance call in South County on Thursday, October 6th. He was the first St. Louis County Police Department officer killed in the line of duty since 2000.  He leaves behind a wife and two-year-old son.

Officer Blake Snyder
Officer Blake Snyder – Picture courtesy of St. Louis Public Radio

The Dine Out event next Tuesday is being organized by Katie Zaitz-Fink.  She’s the same woman who was behind a series of monthly Dine Out events that have already raised more than $60,000 to benefit Ballwin Police Officer Mike Flamion. Additional Dine Outs for Mike Flamion are planned for November 14 and December 12, 2016.  Flamion was paralyzed after being shot during a traffic stop in July.  He’s expected to endure a long, arduous and expensive therapy, but even with the help of spinal injury specialists in Colorado, he’ll need long-term medical care.

Zaitz-Fink and several area restaurants involved in the Flamion fundraisers wanted to do something to help Blake Snyder’s family too.  So Zaitz-Fink began planning another Dine Out event with the restaurants that had so generously donated proceeds the first time out.  She kept making calls, and so far, more than 180 area restaurants have signed up to participate in the November 1st Dine Out event to benefit Officer Snyder’s family.

One of the restaurants participating in Dine Out events for both officers is Krieger’s Hometown Sports Grill at 1356 Big Bend Road in Ballwin.  They’re turning the Dine Out for Officer Blake Snyder’s family into a major event.  On Tuesday, November 1st, they’ll be dishing up all the Krieger’s favorites like their Ultimate Nachos, burgers, specialty pizzas and fish tacos, along with their staggering selection of draft beers (33) and their excellent wine list.  They’ll get some help from the men and women in blue.  Police officers from around the metro area will add to the fun by pitching in to bus tables, and help out where needed.

Besides donating 25% of all sales on Tuesday, November 1 directly to the Snyder family—dine in or carry out—Krieger’s has also set up some special fundraisers.  There will be gift basket raffles and a silent auction, with all of the proceeds going to Officer Snyder’s family.  Some of the items donated include Cardinal’s memorabilia autographed by Stan Musial and a fabulous Blues package.  The fun and fundraising goes on all day, from 11:00 a.m. to close on Tuesday, November 1st.

Krieger’s is open Monday – Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to midnight (including Tuesday, November 1st), Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m., and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Krieger’s Hometown Sports Grill in Ballwin is also among the 21 restaurants participating in the monthly “Meals for Mike” events.  Those are on the second Monday each month through the end of the year.  Some other restaurants participating in fundraiser events for both officers include Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar in Ballwin, Yellowstone Café in Chesterfield, The Wolf, 6 North Café and Big Bear Grill in Wildwood.  Among the 180+ restaurants participating this time are several Pasta House Company Restaurants, Qdoba’s, Syberg’s and St. Louis Bread Company Restaurants across the metro area.

For more information about the fundraisers, contact:

Krieger’s Hometown Sports Grill
1356 Big Bend Rd
Ballwin, MO 63021
(636) 861-1618

Header picture courtesy of Fox News