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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.

By : P.O.A.T. /October 31, 2017 /Newsletter /Comments Off on November 2017 Read More

Cops Ride for Kids – December 2, 2017

To pre-register, choose your shirt size and click “Add to Cart”  below.  To order more than one shirt size, click on “Continue Shopping” on the PayPal site. The registration fee is $20.00 per bike, not per person.  Please be advised, although we make every effort to secure your tshirt, we can not guarantee you a tshirt due to supplies being limited.  By Pre-registering online, you agree to the following:

I agree that the sponsor of this motorcycle event, Police Officer Assistance Trust (POAT) and it’s respective officers, directors, employees and agents (hereinafter, the “Released Parties”) shall not be liable or responsible for injury to me or damage to my property during this POAT event resulting from acts or omissions by the “Released Parties”, even where the damage or injury is due to negligence. I acknowledge that I am participating in this event voluntarily and that I understand the inherent dangers of participating in such a motorcycle event and assume those risks. I release and hold harmless the “Released Parties” from any injury or loss to my person or property which may result from my participation in this POAT motorcycle event. I understand that I agree not to sue the “Released Parties” for any injury or resulting damage to myself or my property arising from, or in connection with, the performance of the “Released Parties” in the sponsoring, planning or conducting of said event.

WAIVER OF RIGHTS UNDER STATE STATUTES I further agree to waive all benefits flowing from any state statute which would negate or limit the scope of this Release and Indemnification Agreement. By registering online for this ride, I certify that I have read this Release and fully understand it and that I am not relying upon any statements or representations made by the “Released Parties”.

 

 

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By : P.O.A.T. /October 10, 2017 /Events, Uncategorized /Comments Off on Cops Ride for Kids – December 2, 2017 Read More

Give Miami Day is November 16, 2017…Just Give!

Give Miami Day begins at midnight tonight! Thursday, November 16th

Give Miami Day allows all individuals in our community to make a philanthropic impact by collectively supporting local nonprofit organizations. The Miami Foundation and their partners will maximize the community’s generosity by making a bonus gift for every donation between $25 and $10,000 received on November 16th, through givemiamiday.org. We hope you’ll make a contribution and select Police Officer Assistance Trust as your local nonprofit organization. Twenty-four hours of giving begins at 12:00 a.m. November 16th and ends at 12:00 a.m. on November 17, 2017.  Click here, beginning at midnight tonight, to donate to POAT!

By : P.O.A.T. /October 08, 2017 /Events /Comments Off on Give Miami Day is November 16, 2017…Just Give! Read More

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.

By : P.O.A.T. /October 02, 2017 /Newsletter /Comments Off on October 2017 Read More

September 2017

September 2017 

9/11 Ceremony
The 9-11 Ceremony will be held at the Law Enforcement Memorial site in Tropical Park on September 11, 2017 at 9:30 am.  This ceremony honors our country’s police and firefighter heroes who were killed in the line of duty responding to the attacks on our nation. It is important that we never forget all of the heroes that perished that tragic day.
New Fundraiser – Save the Date!
Sweat for Those Who Serve sponsored by Society Barbell & Fitness will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017.  This is your chance to honor those in law enforcement while also participating in some friendly competition.   Details will soon be available at www.poat.org
By : P.O.A.T. /September 21, 2017 /Blog /Comments Off on September 2017 Read More

August 2017


POAT Scholarship Award Presentations:

Mike Byrd ScholarshipAnnemarie Rodriguez, daughter Miami P.D. Sgt. Kimberly Rodriguez

Roger Castillo ScholarshipIan Poveda, son of Miami-Dade P.D. Sgt. Giovanni Poveda

Amanda Haworth ScholarshipSienna Aleman, daughter of  Miami-Dade P.D. Lieutenant Ruben Aleman

Christopher W. Todd ScholarshipDevin Matthew Jaramillo, son of  Miami-Dade P.D. Officer David Jaramillo

Paul Janosky Criminal Justice ScholarshipJacob Ward, son of  U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agent William J. Ward – Not Pictured/Out of Town


9-11 Ceremony

On Monday, September 11, 2017, the 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. It is important that we never forget all of the heroes that perished that tragic day. Please make every effort to attend.

Thank you for your support and stay safe!

By : P.O.A.T. /August 01, 2017 /Newsletter /Comments Off on August 2017 Read More

July 2017

 

POAT Scholarship Award Recipients:

Mike Byrd ScholarshipAnnemarie Rodriguez, daughter of Sergeant Kimberly Rodriguez
Roger Castillo ScholarshipIan Poveda, son of Sergeant Giovanni Poveda
Amanda Haworth ScholarshipSienna Aleman, daughter of Lieutenant Ruben Aleman
Paul Janosky Criminal Justice ScholarshipJacob Ward, son of  Officer William J. Ward
Christopher W. Todd ScholarshipDevin Matthew Jaramillo, son of Officer David Jaramillo

9-11 Ceremony:

On Monday, September 11, 2017, the 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. It is important that we never forget all of the heroes that perished that tragic day. Please make every effort to attend.

Thank you for your support and stay safe!

By : P.O.A.T. /July 06, 2017 /Newsletter /Comments Off on July 2017 Read More

June 2017

 Wishing all the fathers a very happy Father’s Day!


The Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony was a very moving event for all in attendance. Unfortunately, four names were added to the Wall of Honor this year:

Officer Eva Mae Jones, Miami-Dade Corrections
Officer Jorge Sanchez, Miami Police Department
Officer Henry Mc Aleenan Jr., Miami-Dade Police Department
Agent Rickey O’Donald, Federal Bureau of Investigations

All of the speeches from family members and colleagues were very touching. We would like to thank everyone involved in the planning and implementation of another memorable ceremony honoring all of our fallen heroes, as well as all of you who attended.

The Motorcycle Ride to benefit POAT’s Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children was held on Sunday, May 7, 2017. From all of us here at the Police Officer Assistance Trust (POAT), and all of the children who continue to receive gifts every holiday because of your generosity and assistance, we want to thank you for your continued support of our Cops Ride for Kids.  Our May 2017 ride was a success with over 600 motorcycles participating in the ride to Islamorada. Unfortunately, we also had a horrific event occur before our ride. As most of you are aware, Major Ricky Carter was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident on I-75.  Major Carter was travelling to the POAT Motorcycle Ride benefitting the surviving children of fallen officers; the same organization that now stands to provide assistance to Ricky and his family. Donations for him can be made at www.poat.org.  Click on the Give Direct icon and type “Ricky Carter” in the comment section.

On Saturday, April 29, 2017 the POAT Walk Team participated in the Walk to Cure Diabetes at Virginia Key Beach was a great success. The POAT walk team raised $36,280 in sponsorship and donations. Thanks to everyone for your continued support year after year.

Thank you for your support and stay safe!

By : P.O.A.T. /June 01, 2017 /Uncategorized /Comments Off on June 2017 Read More
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