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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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May 2018


The Motorcycle Ride to benefit POAT’s Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children will be held on Sunday May 6, 2018, at 9:00 a.m.  The ride begins at the Miami-Dade Police Department Headquarters Building, 9105 NW 25 Street. Registration for the event is $20 per bike.  A commemorative t-shirt will be given to each registered rider (while supplies last). Online registration will be available soon on our website www.poat.org

The Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony will be held at Tropical Park beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, 2018.  All Miami-Dade County officers who have died in the line of duty dating back to 1895, are honored at this ceremony.  It is our duty to honor the memory of those officers who have died protecting and serving the citizens of Miami-Dade County.  If you have never been to this ceremony, you owe it to yourself to attend.

The POAT Board of Directors and the entire Miami-Dade County law enforcement community would like to thank Andy Valdes, owner of A American Painting and Concrete Restoration, for repairing and painting the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall, with the help of his wonderful crew, just in time for our upcoming event.

Annual Remembering Our Fallen Heroes Memorial Golf Outing, will be held at the exclusive Indian Creek Country Club on Monday, May 7, 2018. Golfers throughout South Florida will be teeing up for a chance to assist Miami-Dade County fallen officers’ families.  The entrance fee is $250.00 per golfer.  This fee includes breakfast and a buffet luncheon at the Clubhouse following play. Come help support your law enforcement community as you enjoy an extraordinary day of golf at this exceptional and restricted venue. Please contact Annette McCully at 305-970-2776

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 (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.

By : P.O.A.T. /May 01, 2018 /News, Uncategorized /Comments Off on May 2018 Read More

April 2018


Come join us for the Walk to Cure Diabetes on Saturday, April 21, 2018.  The walk starts at 8:30 a.m., with registration beginning at 7:00 a.m., at Virginia Key Beach.  This is a fun family day at the beach while supporting a good cause. All of the officers and/or their family members who are affected by diabetes are grateful and humbled by the momentum this event has gained over the years and the overwhelming response from the law enforcement community.  POAT has raised $818,594 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) since we began participating in 2003.  To register to walk for the POAT Team, log onto www.JDRF.org; navigate to the Miami Walk and complete the registration, designating POAT as your team when that specific field appears.  Remember, this is a fundraiser which requires everyone who walks to raise money for JDRF to help fund research worldwide.  We look forward to your participation and support for the POAT Walk Team. If you have any questions, please contact the POAT office at (305) 594-6662.

The Board of Directors of the Police Officer Assistance Trust is proud to offer six scholarships this year. These $1000 scholarships are available to the son or daughter of any full-time law enforcement officer employed by any agency in Miami-Dade County.

Paul Janosky Art and Criminal Justice Scholarships (two separate scholarships)

Mike Byrd Crime Scene Investigation Scholarship

Christopher W. Todd Law Related Majors Scholarship (also available to officers)

Roger Castillo Perseverance Scholarship

Amanda Haworth Perseverance Scholarship

One recipient for each scholarship will be selected and will receive a $1000.00 check to use towards his or her college expenses.  All applications must be received by May 1, 2018.  Please visit our website at www.poat.org for specific guidelines and requirements.

For further information, you may also contact the POAT office at 305-594-6662 or poatoffice@msn.com.

The Motorcycle Ride to benefit POAT’s Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children will be held on Sunday May 6, 2018, at 9:00 a.m.  The ride begins at the Miami-Dade Police Department Headquarters Building, 9105 NW 25 Street. Registration for the event is $20 per bike.  A commemorative t-shirt will be given to each registered rider (while supplies last). Online registration will be available soon on our website www.poat.org

The Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony will be held at Tropical Park beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, 2018.  All Miami-Dade County officers who have died in the line of duty dating back to 1895, are honored at this ceremony.  It is our duty to honor the memory of those officers who have died protecting and serving the citizens of Miami-Dade County.  If you have never been to this ceremony, you owe it to yourself to attend.

The POAT Board of Directors and the entire Miami-Dade County law enforcement community would like to thank Andy Valdes, owner of A American Painting and Concrete Restoration, for repairing and painting the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall, with the help of his wonderful crew, just in time for our upcoming event.

Annual Remembering Our Fallen Heroes Memorial Golf Outing, will be held at the exclusive Indian Creek Country Club on Monday, May 7, 2018. Golfers throughout South Florida will be teeing up for a chance to assist Miami-Dade County fallen officers’ families.  The entrance fee is $250.00 per golfer.  This fee includes breakfast and a buffet luncheon at the Clubhouse following play. Come help support your law enforcement community as you enjoy an extraordinary day of golf at this exceptional and restricted venue. Please contact Annette McCully at 305-970-2776

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 (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.

By : P.O.A.T. /April 02, 2018 /Uncategorized /Comments Off on April 2018 Read More

March 2018



Come join us for the Walk to Cure Diabetes on Saturday, April 21, 2018.  The walk starts at 8:30 a.m., with registration beginning at 7:00 a.m., at Virginia Key Beach.  This is a fun family day at the beach while supporting a good cause. All of the officers and/or their family members who are affected by diabetes are grateful and humbled by the momentum this event has gained over the years and the overwhelming response from the law enforcement community.  POAT has raised $818,594 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) since we began participating in 2003.  To register to walk for the POAT Team, log onto www.JDRF.org; navigate to the Miami Walk and complete the registration, designating POAT as your team when that specific field appears.  Remember, this is a fundraiser which requires everyone who walks to raise money for JDRF to help fund research worldwide.  We look forward to your participation and support for the POAT Walk Team. If you have any questions, please contact the POAT office at (305) 594-6662.

 

The Board of Directors of the Police Officer Assistance Trust is proud to offer six scholarships this year. These $1000 scholarships are available to the son or daughter of any full-time law enforcement officer employed by any agency in Miami-Dade County.

Paul Janosky Art and Criminal Justice Scholarships (two separate scholarships)

Mike Byrd Crime Scene Investigation Scholarship

Christopher W. Todd Law Related Majors Scholarship (also available to officers)

Roger Castillo Perseverance Scholarship

Amanda Haworth Perseverance Scholarship

One recipient for each scholarship will be selected and will receive a $1000.00 check to use towards his or her college expenses.  All applications must be received by May 1, 2018.  Please visit our website at www.poat.org for specific guidelines and requirements.

For further information, you may also contact the POAT office at 305-594-6662 or poatoffice@msn.com.

 

The Motorcycle Ride to benefit POAT’s Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children will be held on Sunday May 6, 2018, at 9:00 a.m.  The ride begins at the Miami-Dade Police Department Headquarters Building, 9105 NW 25 Street. Registration for the event is $20 per bike.  A commemorative t-shirt will be given to each registered rider (while supplies last). Online registration will be available soon on our website www.poat.org

 

The Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony will be held at Tropical Park beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, 2018.  All Miami-Dade County officers who have died in the line of duty dating back to 1895, are honored at this ceremony.  It is our duty to honor the memory of those officers who have died protecting and serving the citizens of Miami-Dade County.  If you have never been to this ceremony, you owe it to yourself to attend.

 

Annual Remembering Our Fallen Heroes Memorial Golf Outing, will be held at the exclusive Indian Creek Country Club on Monday, May 7, 2018. Golfers throughout South Florida will be teeing up for a chance to assist Miami-Dade County fallen officers’ families.  The entrance fee is $250.00 per golfer.  This fee includes breakfast and a buffet luncheon at the Clubhouse following play. Come help support your law enforcement community as you enjoy an extraordinary day of golf at this exceptional and restricted venue. Please contact Annette McCully at 305-970-2776

 

Thanks for your support and stay safe.

 

 

 

By : P.O.A.T. /March 01, 2018 /Uncategorized /Comments Off on March 2018 Read More

February 2018

The Homerun for Heroes Kickball Tournament Great times had by all and memories made!  Thank you for a wonderful turnout and for all the support. The next tournament will be held January 18-19, 2019. The final standings for 2018 were:

1st  Straight Kickin’ it – Miami Police Department

2nd  Ballz Deep – Miami-Dade Police Department

             3rd  4U – Miami-Dade Police Department (South District)

Come join us for the Walk to Cure Diabetes on Saturday, April 21, 2018.  The walk starts at 8:30 a.m., with registration beginning at 7:00 a.m., at Virginia Key Beach.  This is a fun family day at the beach while supporting a good cause. All of the officers and/or their family members who are affected by diabetes are grateful and humbled by the momentum this event has gained over the years and the overwhelming response from the law enforcement community.  POAT has raised $818,594 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) since we began participating in 2003.  To register to walk for the POAT Team, log onto www.JDRF.org; navigate to the Miami Walk and complete the registration, designating POAT as your team when that specific field appears.  Remember, this is a fundraiser which requires everyone who walks to raise money for JDRF to help fund research worldwide.  We look forward to your participation and support for the POAT Walk Team. If you have any questions, please contact the POAT office at (305) 594-6662.

The Board of Directors of the Police Officer Assistance Trust is proud to offer six scholarships this year. These $1000 scholarships are available to the son or daughter of any full-time law enforcement officer employed by any agency in Miami-Dade County. One recipient for each scholarship will be selected and will receive a $1000.00 check to use towards his or her college expenses.  All applications must be received by May 1, 2018.  Please visit our website at www.poat.org for specific guidelines and requirements. For further information, you may also contact the POAT office at 305-594-6662 or poatoffice@msn.com

Paul Janosky Art and Criminal Justice Scholarships (two separate scholarships)

Mike Byrd Crime Scene Investigation Scholarship

Christopher W. Todd Law Related Majors Scholarship (also available to officers)

Roger Castillo Perseverance Scholarship

Amanda Haworth Perseverance Scholarship

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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January 2018


The Cops Ride for Kids Motorcycle Ride to benefit POAT’s Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children consisted of 670 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 next ride is scheduled for May 2018.

We would like to thank everyone who took the time out of their busy schedule to work one of the donation tables at the malls this holiday season.  The joy our efforts bring to the children of our fallen brothers and sisters is huge, and all of the volunteers who helped raise funds for this meaningful program should take great pride in a job well done.  I know I speak for all of the surviving children when we say, “Thank You!”

The Homerun for Heroes Fourth Annual Kickball Tournament will be held at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park on January 12-13, 2018. 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.

Come join us for the Walk to Cure Diabetes on Saturday, April 21, 2018.  The walk starts at 8:30 a.m., with registration beginning at 7:00 a.m., at Virginia Key Beach.  This is a fun family day at the beach while supporting a good cause. All of the officers and/or their family members who are affected by diabetes are grateful and humbled by the momentum this event has gained over the years and the overwhelming response from the law enforcement community.  POAT has raised $818,594 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) since we began participating in 2003.  To register to walk for the POAT Team, log onto www.JDRF.org; navigate to the Miami Walk and complete the registration, designating POAT as your team when that specific field appears.  Remember, this is a fundraiser which requires everyone who walks to raise money for JDRF to help fund research worldwide.  We look forward to your participation and support for the POAT Walk Team. If you have any questions, please contact the POAT office at (305) 594-6662.

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 2017


The Motorcycle Ride to benefit POAT’s Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children will be held on Saturday December 2, 2017, at 9:00 a.m.  The ride begins at the Miami-Dade Police Department Headquarters Building, 9105 NW 25 Street. Registration for the event is $20 per bike.  A commemorative t-shirt will be given to each registered rider (while supplies last). Online registration will be available soon at www.poat.org.  Please contact Rudy Gonzalez atcopsrideforkids@aol.com for details.

The Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children fundraising begins on Friday November 24, 2017. This program is in its twentieth year. The program remembers the children of officers that have died, leaving behind minor children, which started back in 1997 by a long time POAT supporter retired MDPD Sgt. Dave Greenwell.  You can help by volunteering at staff tables set-up at Aventura Mall, Dadeland Mall, The Falls Shopping Center and International Mall.  The coordinators are:
This is the only time of year when POAT is in a public setting and has the opportunity to explain what we are about.   This year, we will purchase gifts for 61 surviving children. A large contingent of volunteers is needed 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 24th and will be set-up until December 23rd.

The Homerun for Heroes Fourth Annual Kickball Tournament will be held at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park on January 12-13, 2018. 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.

When doing your holiday 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.com. Every little bit helps! Sign up today.

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October 2017

October 2017

The 9-11 Ceremony was canceled due to the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Irma.  

 

The Motorcycle Ride to benefit POAT’s Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children will be held on Saturday December 2, 2017, at 9:00 a.m.  The ride begins at the Miami-Dade Police Department Headquarters Building, 9105 NW 25 Street. Registration for the event is $20 per bike.  A commemorative t-shirt will be given to each registered rider (while supplies last). Online registration will be available soon at www.poat.org.  Please contact Rudy Gonzalez at copsrideforkids@aol.com for details.

 

Sweat For Those Who Serve
Hosted by P.O.A.T.
October 21 2017
Barbell Society and Fitness
92 SW 3 ST 33130
10:30am-12:30pm
Minimum donation of $20

Join us at Society Barbell and Fitness in Downtown Miami located directly on the Miami River as we raise funds and spread awareness for the guardians of our community, the local law enforcement.  Tony Carvajal, head coach and director of programming at Society Barbell will be leading a group workout to honor those who serve our community. The sweat will be followed by a yoga cool down lead by Claire Santos, former United States Marine and trauma yoga teacher. Organic refreshments and food will be provided by local businesses. All proceeds will go to the Police Officer Assistance Trust (P.O.A.T.).

You can pre-register online by going to www.poat.org.  Scroll down to the events section. Please make sure and answer the questions and then click add to cart.  You will be required to fill out a waiver at the event.

The Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children fundraising begins on Friday November 24, 2017. This program is in its twentieth year. The program remembers the children of officers that have died, leaving behind minor children, which started back in 1997 by a long time POAT supporter retired MDPD Sgt. Dave Greenwell.  You can help by volunteering at staff tables set-up at Aventura Mall, Dadeland Mall, and The Falls Shopping Center.  The coordinators are:

  • Aventura Mall – Captain Dwight Snyder, – (305) 792-1839 – dsnyder@SIBPD.net  or Sergeant Brian Schnell, ~ (305) 947-4440 or (786) 340-0212, email: bschnell@sibfl.net

  • Dadeland Mall – Sergeant Orlando Reyes, ~ (786) 873-9000, email: OLReyes@mdpd.com

  • The Falls –David Greenwell ~ (305) 471-2506 or (305) 877-9955, email: dgreenwell305@gmail.com

This is the only time of year when POAT is in a public setting and has the opportunity to explain what we are about.   This year, we will purchase gifts for 61 surviving children. A large contingent of volunteers is needed 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 24th and will be set-up until December 23rd.

When doing your holiday 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.com. Every little bit helps! Sign up today.

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