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January 2019

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.  On behalf of all of the surviving children, “Thank You!”

 

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!

 

Come join us for the Walk to Cure Diabetes on Saturday, March 16, 2019.  The walk starts at 9:00 a.m., with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m., at Tropical Park.  This is a fun family day at the park 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 Staff and Board of Directors of the POAT would like to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year!

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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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