Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving to all from the POAT Board of Directors and staff!
The Town of Cutler Bay Policing Unit is coordinating the third annual Black and Blue Run to raise funds for POAT. The run will be held on Saturday November 12, 2016, at 20601 Old Cutler Road. Registration starts at 3:00 p.m. and the run/walk starts at 5:00 p.m. This is a 5K run/walk in uniform with a BBQ to follow the race for all participants. All runners/walkers must raise a minimum of $200. Contact Miami-Dade Police Cutler Bay Neighborhood Resource Unit for details at (305)234-4237.
The Motorcycle Ride to benefit POAT’s Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children will be held on Saturday December 3, 2016, 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 available at www.poat.org. Please contact Rudy Gonzalez at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
The Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children fundraising begins on Friday November 25, 2016. POAT volunteers staff table’s set-up at Aventura Mall, Dadeland Mall, The Falls Shopping Center, and Southland Mall. The coordinators are:
- Aventura Mall – Ms. Sandra Block (305) 792-1839 email:Sblock@sibfl.net
- Dadeland Mall – Sergeant Orlando Reyes, ~ (786) 873-9000, email: OLReyes@mdpd.com
- The Falls – David Greenwell ~ (305-877-9955), email: email@example.com
- Southland Mall – Officer Chris Reed at (305) 234-4237, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 59 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 25th 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 13-14, 2017. The park is located at 11395 SW 79 Street. If interested in forming a team, contact Lieutenant Thamy Gonzalez at 305-216-6605 or email email@example.com. Team Registration Fee is $300. Each team will receive 15 t-shirts. Online Registration is available at www.poat.org.
Thanks for Your Support and Stay Safe!
In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt
The winners of the POAT scholarships were presented at the June POAT board meeting. We would like to congratulate the recipients:
Mike Byrd Scholarship – Adriana Vega-Pernia, daughter of Officer Lori Pernia (not pictured).
Roger Castillo Scholarship – Angel Amadeo Jr., son of Officer Angel M. Amadeo (not pictured). Matthew and Andrew Mellies, sons of Sergeant Joy Mellies.
Amanda Haworth Scholarship – Stephanie Godoy, daughter of Officer Raul Godoy
Paul Janosky Art Scholarship – Marie Nanney – Charles Nanney, Miami-Dade P.D.
Paul Janosky Criminal Justice Scholarship – Devin Jaramillo, daughter of Officer David Jaramillo
When shopping online at www.Amazon.com, 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.
Thanks for your support and stay safe!
Summer is here!
Happy Father’s Day
The Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony was a very moving event for all in attendance.
Unfortunately, Customs and Border Patrol Officer Dwight Blackman Jr.’s name was added to the wall this year. His colleagues spoke very fondly of him reflecting back of their friendship, work experiences and family life with Dwight. He is survived by his wife Donnelle and daughter Dielle, he will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Rosemary Zore reflected back to Christmas Eve 1983 when she was seven years old and her father MDPD officer Robert Zore was shot and killed while responding to a suspicious person call. Even though her memories of her father are scattered and vague he has been a guiding light for her as she has moved forward in her eventful life. 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 1, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. There were over 800 bikers who enjoyed the ride to the Keys on a beautiful sunny day and supported a great cause. We would like to thank the motor units from all of the police departments that assist every year in ensuring this is a safe and successful event. Thank You!
On Saturday, April 9, 2016, the POAT Walk Team participated in the Walk to Cure Diabetes at Zoo Miami. The POAT walk team raised $ 35,100 in sponsorship and donations. Since 2003, when POAT joined the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation by participating in the Walk to Cure Diabetes, we have raised $ 780,192. That’s something we can all be proud of! Thanks to everyone for your continued support year after year.
Thanks for your support and stay safe!