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DALLAS —  Joseph Palladino is a man who bleeds blue. It was 1983 when he started wearing Kevlar for NYPD. Now the retired cop, who owns seven upscale restaurants in the DFW, is serving his country in a different way.

On Thursday, Palladino hosted “Dine for Dallas Blue,” a fundraiser for the men and women in uniform. The event took place at his latest uptown concept, Dos Jefes. The elite benefit is donating 100% of the proceeds to the Guns & Hoses Foundation of North Texas.

As a former cop, Palladino says he was heartbroken by the police ambush last week and knew he wanted to do something.

“I feel that I have an obligation to this city and the citizens that live in this city have an obligation to the police in Dallas,” says Palladino.

In addition to donating every dollar from dinner and drinks, there was a silent auction.  But this isn’t your normal auction. You know, dinner for two, flowers every month for a year or a cool gym membership.

We’re talking a weekend at the Dream Hotel in New York and golf at the Dallas National Country Club. Our sports heroes in Dallas stepped up to the plate for the heroes who protect us with signed memorabilia  by the Dallas Mavericks, donated by Rick Carlisle! Plus, a dinner for six at Nick and Sam’s Steakhouse with Tony Romo and Jason Witten sitting at your table!

So for those without dinner plans tonight, be sure to stop by and show your support by donating to the cause.

Palladino says, “It’s our time to stick by them because they put their lives on the line for all of us and that’s the least that we can do.”