Starting Tuesday, California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) restaurants in San Diego and Irvine will host a fundraiser to benefit the families of two Palm Springs police officers killed in the line of duty.
For three days – Tuesday through Thursday – CPK locations in San Diego will donate 20 percent of net sales to the families of slain Palm Springs Police Department officers Jose Gilbert Vega, 63, and Lesley Zerebny, 27.
Vega and Zerebny were gunned down on Oct. 8 while responding to a family disturbance call at a Palm Springs home. Vega, a 35-year veteran of the police department, had planned to retire this December. Zerebny, with the department for a year-and-a-half, was the mother of a 4-month-old baby girl and had just returned to duty from maternity leave.
CPK says the San Diego-based locations participating in the fundraiser for the fallen officers include:
• California Pizza Kitchen at Carmel Mountain
• California Pizza Kitchen at Fashion Valley
• California Pizza Kitchen at Otay Mesa
• California Pizza Kitchen at Solana Beach
• California Pizza Kitchen at La Jolla
Additional CPK eateries in Southern California also partaking in the fundraiser include restaurants in Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, Tustin, Alton Square and Irvine Spectrum.
The company says guests can bring this flyer to a location – or mention the fundraiser to their server. The company will donate 20 percent of net sales to the fundraiser from dine-in, take-out and catering orders over the span of the three days. The fundraiser runs from the open to close of business at each location. Most restaurants open daily at 11 a.m.
On Tuesday, a public memorial service will be held for both officers at the Palm Springs Convention Center. At least 10,000 people were expected to attend the service.