Texas635 hosted its first golf tournament at Rawls Course on Friday, in an effort to advance the organization that helps families of fallen officers in the West Texas area.
The organization began shortly after Texas Tech Police Officer Floyd East was killed in the line of duty in October 2017 in a campus shooting.
Carmen East started this organization and partnered with Texas Tech, including the President’s Office, to host this golf tournament at Rawls Course.
The organization is also hosting a retreat to help officers with mental health issues. Carmen East said that in establishing the Texas635 Foundation, her first mission was to provide one-time financial support to the families of deceased officers in the form of $ 635, due to Officer East’s badge number.
“We always offer this process, but we found out during our discussions in the community and with different departments that there is a need there,” said Carmen East. we have to work on it and that’s when we started mental wellness.
She said her hope is to continue hosting an annual golf tournament for officers in the West Texas area and eventually expand nationwide.
“So this is our first golf tournament, and we hope to have more in the years to come,” she said.
Speaking ahead of the tournament on Thursday, Carmen East said not a day goes by that she doesn’t miss her husband.
“It’s a constant thing,” East said. “Our daughters miss him terribly too. They always go to therapy, especially when major events happen, they miss him the most. I am happy to have been able to take this character and this essence that he was and to be able to integrate him into this foundation.
Texas Tech Police Chief Kyle Bonath said the program helps officers heal and overcome loss.
“It started after we lost our officer here and Carmen saw a need,” Bonath said. “It’s very unusual for someone going through a tragedy to react and see a need that needs to be met and build a foundation with the proceeds of a loss to help others. So I just think it’s a very admirable cause to support as best we can in the cause. It also helps officers heal and overcome loss as well. “