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December 2018

Our annual Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children fundraising efforts begin on Friday, November 23, 2018. POAT volunteers staff tables set-up at Aventura Mall, Dadeland Mall, The Falls Shopping Center, and International Mall.  The coordinators are:

Aventura Mall – Ms. Sandra Block 305-792-1839 or sblock@sibfl.net; Sergeant Brian Schnell 305-947-4440 or email 786-340-0212 or bschnell@sibfl.net

Dadeland Mall – Sergeant Orlando Reyes 786-873-9000 or email olreyes@mdpd.com

The Falls – Mr. David Greenwell 305-877-9955 or email greenwell@dcpba.org

International Mall – Lieutenant Nancy Fernandez 786-488-1745 or email nancy.fernandez@doralpd.com

This is the only time of year when POAT is in a public setting explaining what POAT is about. This year, we will purchase gifts for 54 surviving children.  A large contingent of volunteers is needed every year to fill all of the vacancies at the various malls. Please do your part by targeting a mall where you would like to assist and contact the coordinator. The tables open on Black Friday, November 23, 2018, and will be set-up through December 24, 2018.

The Cops Ride for Kids Motorcycle Ride to benefit POAT’s Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children consisted of 732 motorcyclists enjoying a beautiful day with a ride to the Keys. We would like to thank everyone who participated in the ride and the coordinators who put this together.

The Homeruns for Heroes Sixth Annual Kickball Tournament will be held at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park on January 18-19, 2019. The park is located at 11395 SW 79 Street. Come out and support your favorite team during some friendly competition.  There will be food and beverages sold.  Opening ceremonies and games commence on Friday at 6 p.m.  Continuing games will start Saturday at 9 a.m.  A great time to be had by all!

When doing your shopping online at Amazon, you can have a percentage of the purchase amount go to POAT by shopping at www.smile.amazon.com and registering POAT as your charity of choice; then continue to shop on www.smile.amazon.comEvery little bit helps! Sign up today.

 

 

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November 2018

Our annual Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children fundraising efforts begin on Friday, November 23, 2018. POAT volunteers staff tables set-up at Aventura Mall, Dadeland Mall, The Falls Shopping Center, and International Mall.  The coordinators are:

Aventura Mall – Ms. Sandra Block 305-792-1839 or sblock@sibfl.net; Sergeant Brian Schnell 305-947-4440 or email 786-340-0212 or bschnell@sibfl.net

Dadeland Mall – Sergeant Orlando Reyes 786-873-9000 or email olreyes@mdpd.com

The Falls – Mr. David Greenwell 305-877-9955 or email greenwell@dcpba.org

International Mall – Lieutenant Nancy Fernandez 786-488-1745 or email nancy.fernandez@doralpd.com

This is the only time of year when POAT is in a public setting explaining what POAT is about. This year, we will purchase gifts for 54 surviving children.  A large contingent of volunteers is needed every year to fill all of the vacancies at the various malls. Please do your part by targeting a mall where you would like to assist and contact the coordinator. The tables open on Black Friday, November 23, 2018, and will be set-up through December 24, 2018.

The “Cops Ride for Kids” Motorcycle Ride to benefit POAT’s Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at 9:00 a.m.  The ride will begin at the Miami-Dade Police Department Headquarters Building, 9105 NW 25 Street.  Registration for the event is $20 per bike. A commemorative bottle opener will be given to each registered rider (while supplies last). Online registration is available at www.poat.org.  Please contact Rudy Gonzalez at copsrideforkids@aol.com for details.

The Homeruns for Heroes Sixth Annual Kickball Tournament will be held at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park on January 18-19, 2019. The park is located at 11395 SW 79 Street. If interested in forming a team, contact Captain Thamy Gonzalez at 305-216-6605 or email u302132@mdpd.com. Team Registration Fee is $300. Each team will receive 15 t-shirts. Online Registration is available at www.poat.org. Deadline for team registration is December 3, 2018.

When doing your shopping online at Amazon, you can have a percentage of the purchase amount go to POAT by shopping at www.smile.amazon.com and registering POAT as your charity of choice; then continue to shop on www.smile.amazon.comEvery little bit helps! Sign up today.

Hurricane Michael Response ~ During the week of October 16 – 22, 2018, POAT and PBA representatives traveled to Bay County/Panama City, Florida.  Emergency repairs were provided to local law enforcement officers’ homes in areas devastated by Hurricane Michael, in order to make them livable.

Rosemary Zore, Founder of The Fallen Officer-Robert L. Zore is the daughter of Miami-Dade Police Department Robert L. Zore, who was shot in the line of duty on Christmas Eve, and succumbed to his injuries on Christmas Day 1983.  He left behind a wife and 7-year-old daughter. On Saturday, November 3, 2018, POAT representatives attended the Robert L. Zore Foundation’s First Annual Blue Bowl Flag Football Tournament.  Proceeds from the event were presented to the families of Fort Myers Fallen Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller and Clay County Deputy Ben Zirbel.

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October 2018

On Tuesday, September 11, 2018, the 9/11 Ceremony was held at the Law Enforcement Memorial site in Tropical Park. This ceremony was in conjunction with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. The ceremony was well attended and a tribute to all of the heroes that perished on September 11, 2001. Thank you to everyone who participated in the planning and implementation of the beautiful ceremony.

The POAT is collaborating with A Beta Kappa and Florida International University’s Department of Criminal Justice Fundraiser scheduled for October 10, 2018, from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.  Please feel free to stop by for lunch wherein students will have a Q&A with survivors and POAT Board members.  Monetary donations will be accepted from guests.  Students may attend for Free.

Each year, Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA)  AMERICAS hosts a silent auction to benefit a local charitable organization that serves the law enforcement community and their families. We are pleased to announce that TAPA has selected POAT as its beneficiary of the funds raised.  Their conference will be held from October 30-31 in Delray Beach.  Should you have any items you would like to donate towards this worthy cause, please contact Ms. Annette McCully at 305-970-2776.

Our annual Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children fundraising efforts begin on Friday, November 23, 2018. POAT volunteers staff tables set-up at Aventura Mall, Dadeland Mall, The Falls Shopping Center, and International Mall.  The coordinators are:

Aventura Mall – Ms. Sandra Block 305-792-1839 or sblock@sibfl.net; Sergeant Brian Schnell 305-947-4440 or email 786-340-0212 or bschnell@sibfl.net

Dadeland Mall – Sergeant Orlando Reyes 786-873-9000 or email olreyes@mdpd.com

The Falls – Mr. David Greenwell 305-877-9955 or email greenwell@dcpba.org

International Mall – Lieutenant Nancy Fernandez 786-488-1745 or email nancy.fernandez@doralpd.com

This is the only time of year when POAT is in a public setting explaining what POAT is about. This year, we will purchase gifts for 54 surviving children.  A large contingent of volunteers is needed every year to fill all of the vacancies at the various malls. Please do your part by targeting a mall where you would like to assist and contact the coordinator. The tables open on Black Friday, November 23, 2018, and will be set-up through December 24, 2018.

The “Cops Ride for Kids” Motorcycle Ride to benefit POAT’s Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at 9:00 a.m.  The ride will begin at the Miami-Dade Police Department Headquarters Building, 9105 NW 25 Street.  Registration for the event is $20 per bike. A commemorative bottle opener will be given to each registered rider (while supplies last). Online registration will be available at www.poat.org.  Please contact Rudy Gonzalez at copsrideforkids@aol.com for details.

The Homerun for Heroes Fourth Annual Kickball Tournament will be held at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park on January 18-19, 2019. The park is located at 11395 SW 79 Street. If interested in forming a team, contact Captain Thamy Gonzalez at 305-216-6605 or email u302132@mdpd.com. Team Registration Fee is $300. Each team will receive 15 t-shirts. Online Registration is available at www.poat.org. Deadline for team registration is December 3, 2018.

When doing your shopping online at Amazon, you can have a percentage of the purchase amount go to POAT by shopping at www.smile.amazon.com and registering POAT as your charity of choice; then continue to shop on www.smile.amazon.comEvery little bit helps! Sign up today.

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September 2018

On Tuesday, September 11, 2018, the Annual 9-11 Ceremony will be held at the Law Enforcement Memorial site in Tropical Park at 9:30 a.m.  The POAT sponsors this ceremony every year in conjunction with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. This ceremony is to remember and honor our country’s heroes who were killed in the line of duty responding to the attack on our nation. Of the nearly 3,000 people who were killed on 9/11; 343 firefighters and 72 law enforcement officers lost their lives while performing their duties.  Thanks to their heroic efforts, thousands of lives were rescued and saved.

It is important that we never forget all of the heroes that perished that tragic day. Please make every effort to attend.

When doing your shopping online at Amazon, you can have a percentage of the purchase amount go to POAT by shopping at www.smile.amazon.com and registering POAT as your charity of choice; then continue to shop on www.smile.amazon.comEvery little bit helps! Sign up today.

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August 2018

On Tuesday, September 11, 2018, the Annual 9-11 Ceremony will be held at the Law Enforcement Memorial site in Tropical Park at 9:30 a.m.  The POAT sponsors this ceremony every year in conjunction with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. This ceremony is to remember and honor our country’s heroes who were killed in the line of duty responding to the attack on our nation. Of the nearly 3,000 people who were killed on 9/11; 343 firefighters and 72 law enforcement officers lost their lives while performing their duties.  Thanks to their heroic efforts, thousands of lives were rescued and saved.

It is important that we never forget all of the heroes that perished that tragic day. Please make every effort to attend.

When doing your shopping online at Amazon, you can have a percentage of the purchase amount go to POAT by shopping at www.smile.amazon.com and registering POAT as your charity of choice; then continue to shop on www.smile.amazon.comEvery little bit helps! Sign up today.

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July 2018

 

The Cutler Bay Fun Ride was held on Saturday June 2, 2018, at Cutler Ridge Park in the Town of Cutler Bay.  The event included a golf cart parade through the community.  When the parade ended, all enjoyed BBQ, refreshments and music.  This provided the opportunity for the police and community to interact and enjoy a day at the park.  A golf cart was raffled and the lucky winner left with a brand new golf cart, ready to lead the way for next year!  Thanks to all that participated! Proceeds from the event were all donated to POAT!

Collaboration is Key… On June 26, 2018, the Miami-Dade Police Department had a ceremony to unveil their “Hall of Honor”, honoring the memory of the men and women who dedicated their lives serving and protecting the citizens of Miami-Dade County.  This project was no easy feat.  Miami-Dade Police Department always wanted to have a special place to pay homage and remember its fallen officers.  What better place than the hallway on the first floor of the Fred Taylor Headquarters Building, leading from the Front Desk to the Personnel Management Bureau.  After a lot of meetings, and creative ideas generated, it finally came to fruition.  The “Hall of Honor” could not have been completed without the monetary assistance from the Dade County Police Benevolent Association (PBA), Hispanic Police Officers Association (HPOA), Professional Law Enforcement Association (PLEA), Progressive Officers Club (POC), Police Officer Assistance Trust (POAT), along with members of the Miami-Dade Police Department.  A lovely continental breakfast was sponsored by Panasonic Corporation for the families in attendance.

It is because of those brave men and women that we enjoy peace and tranquility in our communities.  It is the hope of the Miami-Dade Police Department that those who visit the “Hall of Honor” will pause, read the names, and reflect.  They lived to make a difference.  And they died as they lived.

On Tuesday, September 11, 2018, the Annual 9-11 Ceremony will be held at the Law Enforcement Memorial site in Tropical Park at 9:30 a.m.  The POAT sponsors this ceremony every year in conjunction with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. This ceremony is to remember and honor our country’s heroes who were killed in the line of duty responding to the attack on our nation. Of the nearly 3,000 people who were killed on 9/11; 343 firefighters and 72 law enforcement officers lost their lives while performing their duties.  Thanks to their heroic efforts, thousands of lives were rescued and saved.

It is important that we never forget all of the heroes that perished that tragic day. Please make every effort to attend.

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June 2018

Wishing all the father’s a very Happy Father’s Day!


On Saturday, April 21, 2018 the POAT Walk Team participated in the Walk to Cure Diabetes at Virginia Key Beach was a great success. The POAT walk team raised $28,460 in sponsorship and donations. Thanks to everyone for your continued support year after year.

The 37th Annual Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony was held on Thursday, May 3, 2018, as we honored federal, state, and municipal officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting and serving the citizens of Miami-Dade County.  These brave men and women left behind husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, friends, and partners.

It has been 30 years since Miami-Dade Police Department Officers David Strzalkowski and Richard Boles were shot and killed.  Officer Strzalkowski sons Eric and Sean, both deputies with the Broward Sheriff’s Office paid tribute to their father.  Both Eric and Sean serve as mentors for Outward Bound Retreats for young adults, a Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) program who have lost a parent in the line-of-duty.

It has also been 30 years since Miami Beach Officer Scott Rakow was shot and killed while chasing a subject, leaving behind a 6-month-old baby girl.  This baby girl has grown into a beautiful young woman with a 1-year-old baby girl of her own.  Erica Rakow-Reynolds is an accomplished news reporter who served as the Mistress of Ceremonies.  Erica reminded those in attendance that… we are in this together.  We are family.

The Motorcycle Ride to benefit POAT’s Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children was held on Sunday, May 6, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. It was another well-organized and enjoyable ride to the Florida Keys supporting our Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children. We would like to thank Rudy Gonzalez and his crew for once again coordinating another great event benefiting a great cause. Thank you to all that participated in the ride and be looking for the next ride in December.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The winners of the POAT scholarships were presented at the June POAT board meeting.  We would like to congratulate the recipients: 

Roger Castillo Scholarship – Mauro Oliveira Jr., son of  Officer Mauro Oliveira
Amanda Haworth Scholarship – Jade Marx, daughter of Officer Lissette Fernandez
Paul Janosky Criminal Justice Scholarship – Alexandra Jean-Lestin, daughter of Officer Simone Desir
Mike Byrd Scholarship – Angela Moon, daughter of Sergeant Chris Moon
Christopher Todd Police Science Scholarship – Sarah Sliman, daughter of Lt. Ronald Sliman and Sergeant Patricia Sedano-Siman
Paul Janosky Art Scholarship – Sarah Sliman, daughter of Lt. Ronald Sliman and Sergeant Patricia Sedano-Siman

The Town of Cutler Bay is coordinating a Fun Ride Golf Cart Parade to raise funds for POAT. The parade will be held on Saturday June 2, 2018 at Cutler Ridge Park (10100 SW 200th Street) A $20 donation per golf cart can be paid via online registration until June 1st (www.eventbrite.com) or cash on event day. Registration starts at 2:00 p.m. and the parade starts at 3:00 p.m. There will be music, food, drinks, Police K9, Aviation, Bomb Squad Exhibits and more…

Thanks for your support and stay safe.

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