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April 2016


Every tear is answered by a blossom, Every sigh with songs and laughter blent, April-blooms upon the breezes toss them. April knows her own, and is content.
-Susan Coolidge

We would like to thank all of the volunteers that participated in the World Golf Championship at Doral held from March 3-6, 2016. For the past several years the Professional Golf Association (PGA) has made generous donations to POAT for assisting with the PGA Mobile Device Policy. We would not be able to fulfill the volunteer obligation without you stepping up and donating your valuable time on a weekend. Thank You!

Come join us for the Walk to Cure Diabetes on Saturday, April 9, 2016.  The walk starts at 8:30 a.m., with registration beginning at 7:00 a.m., at Zoo Miami.  This is a fun family day at the zoo 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 $745,093 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.  Each one is named in honor of a Miami-Dade Police Officer who dutifully served his or her community. 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 Police Science Scholarship
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, 2016.  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 1, 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).  Please contact Rudy Gonzalez at copsrideforkids@aol.com or the POAT office for details.The Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

Ceremony will be held at Tropical Park beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2016.  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 Annual “Fallen Heroes Memorial Golf Tournament” will be held on Monday April 25, 2016 at the exclusive Indian Creek Country Club. Registration is $250 per golfer. Please contact Annette McCully at 305-970-2776

Thanks for your support and stay safe.

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March 2016

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May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light,
May good luck pursue you each morning and night.
~Irish Blessing

The POAT Cup Soccer Tournament scheduled for February 27, 2016, has been postponed. We will keep you posted of the new date and time.

The World Golf Championship at Doral will be held from March 3-6, 2016. The PGA is providing two fundraising opportunities for POAT in which you can help in fulfilling our obligation to receive the donations.

  1. We need approximately 50 volunteers to assist in enforcing the PGA’s Mobile Device Policy.  Shifts vary from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Each volunteer will receive a polo shirt, hat and two tickets to the tournament.  In return, the PGA will donate $10,000 to POAT.  This is the sixth year POAT has participated in the fundraiser. Each volunteer will receive two tickets to golf tournament, a hat and a polo shirt.  Please help us by contacting Lt. Thamy Gonzalez 305-216-6605 or u302132@mdpd.com  to sign up.
Come join us for the Walk to Cure Diabetes on Saturday, April 09, 2016.  The walk starts at 8:30 a.m., with registration beginning at 7:00 a.m., at Zoo Miami.  This is a fun family day at the zoo 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 $745,093 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.  Each one is named in honor of a Miami-Dade Police Officer who dutifully served his or her community. 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 Police Science Scholarship
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, 2016.  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 1, 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).  Please contact Rudy Gonzalez at copsrideforkids@aol.com or the POAT office for details.

The Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony will be held at Tropical Park starting at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2016.  All officers who have died in the line of duty dating back to 1895 are honored at this  ceremony.  It is our duty to remember the 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.

Thanks for your support and stay safe!
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February 2016

February Newsletter (1)

Make sure to tell your loved ones how much you care about them EVERY day! !


The Homerun for Heroes Kickball Tournament was a huge success in spite of the weather conditions. Twenty one teams participated and raised over $11,500 for POAT. The final standings were:
1st           South Florida Stars (MDPD Ofc. Debbie Castillo)
2nd          Hialeah Boyz (Hialeah PD)
3rd           Balls Deep (MDPD Northside)
The POAT Cup Soccer Tournament will be held February 27, 2016.  The tournament will take place at the Kendall Soccer Park 8011 SW 127th Avenue.  There will be two divisions, open and legends (40+). Come join us for music, food and fun for the whole family!  Registration available at www.poat.org.  For more information, contact Captain Chris Carothers at 786-367-1090 or ccarothers@mdpd.com

The World Golf Championship at Doral will be held from March 3-6, 2016. The PGA is providing two fundraising opportunities for POAT in which you can help in fulfilling our obligation to receive the donations.

  1. We need approximately 50 volunteers to assist in enforcing the PGA’s Mobile Device Policy.  Shifts vary from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Each volunteer will receive a polo shirt, hat and two tickets to the tournament.  In return, the PGA will donate $15,000 to POAT.  This is the sixth year POAT has participated in the fundraiser. Each volunteer will receive two tickets to golf tournament, a hat and a polo shirt.  Please help us by contacting Lt. Thamy Gonzalez 305-216-6605 or u302132@mdpd.com  to sign up.
    Come join us for the Walk to Cure Diabetes on Saturday, April 09, 2016.  The walk starts at 8:30 a.m., with registration beginning at 7:00 a.m., at Zoo Miami.  This is a fun family day at the zoo 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 $745,093 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.
    Thanks for your support and stay safe!
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January 2016

The Staff and Board of Directors at POAT would like to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year!


The Homerun for Heroes Third Annual Kickball Tournament will be held at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park on January 15-17, 2016. 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 u302132@mdpd.com. Team Registration Fee is $300. Each team will receive 15 t-shirts. Online Registration is available at www.poat.org.

The Cops Ride for Kids Motorcycle Ride to benefit POAT’s Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children consisted of over 600 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 2016.

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 I say, “Thank You!”

The World Golf Championship at Doral will be held from March 3-6, 2016. The PGA is providing two fundraising opportunities for POAT in which you can help in fulfilling our obligation to receive the donations.

We need approximately 50 volunteers to assist in enforcing the PGA’s Mobile Device Policy.  Shifts vary from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Each volunteer will receive a polo shirt, hat and two tickets to the tournament.  In return, the PGA will donate $15,000 to POAT.  This is the sixth year POAT has participated in the fundraiser. Each volunteer will receive two tickets to golf tournament, a hat and a polo shirt.  Please help us by contacting Lt. Thamy Gonzalez 305-216-6605 or u302132@mdpd.com  to sign up.

Come join us for the Walk to Cure Diabetes on Saturday, April 09, 2016.  The walk starts at 8:30 a.m., with registration beginning at 7:00 a.m., at Zoo Miami.  This is a fun family day at the zoo 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 $745,093 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.

Thanks for your support and stay safe.

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December 2015

December with logoHappy Holidays!


The second annual Black and Blue Run was held On Saturday November 14, 2015, at 20601 Old Cutler Road. There were over 400 registered runners/walkers. The majority of Miami-Dade law enforcement agencies had representatives participating. The comradery and enjoyable family atmosphere at the BBQ afterwards made for a memorable event for everyone. We would like to thank the marque sponsors; The Town of Cutler Bay, Mercedes Benz of Cutler Bay and HealthSouth Rehabilitation Center. Major Julie Miller and Miami-Dade Police Cutler Bay Neighborhood Resource Unit are to be commended for spearheading this spectacular event.The Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children fundraising is in full swing.  This is the time of year POAT volunteers staff tables set-up at Aventura Mall, Dadeland Mall, The Falls Shopping Center, Southland Mall and Merrick Park.  The coordinators are:

  • Aventura Mall – Captain Dwight Snyder at (305) 792-1893 email: dsnyder@SIBPD.net  or Sergeant Brian Schnell at (305) 947-4440 or (786) 340-0212  email: bschnell@sibfl.net
  • Dadeland Mall – Sergeant Orlando Reyes at (786) 873-9000 email: OLReyes@mdpd.com
  • The Falls – Sergeant David Greenwell at (305) 471-2506 or (305) 877-9955 email: dgreenwell@mdpd.com
  • Southland Mall – Officer Eddie Gaitan at (305) 490-8644 email: egaitan@mdpd.com
  • Merrick Park – Lieutenant Bart Barta at (305) 460-5464 email: bbarta@coralgables.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 63 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 27th and will be set-up through December 23rd.

Operation Support Our Wounded Warriors (OSOWW) will be hosting the Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) to a tournament and Celebrity Softball game December 12-13, 2015. The WWAST will be kicking off the tournament with a celebrity game against former Major League Baseball Players on Friday December 11, 2015 at Florida International University (FIU) baseball stadium at 8:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased at FIUsports.com Many of you may remember this group of American Heroes that participated in a tournament several years ago, and they were an inspiration to everyone they came in contact with. The players will arrive several days prior to the tournament to partake in several scheduled activities. If you would like to volunteer to assist in the planning and implementation of the event, contact the POAT Office at 305-594-6662.

The Motorcycle Ride to benefit POAT’s Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children will be held on Saturday December 12, 2015, 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 is available at www.poat.org

The Homerun for Heroes Third Annual Kickball Tournament will be held at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park on January 15-17, 2016. 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 u302132@mdpd.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!
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November 2015

November with Logo

Always remember to count your blessings!


The Town of Cutler Bay Policing Unit is coordinating the second annual Black and Blue Fun Run to raise funds for POAT. The run will be held on Saturday November 14, 2015, at 20601 Old Cutler Road. Registration starts at 3:30 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 Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children fundraising begins on Friday November 27, 2015.  POAT volunteers staff tables set-up at Aventura Mall, Dadeland Mall, The Falls Shopping Center, and Southland Mall.  The coordinators are:
  • Aventura Mall – Captain Dwight Snyder, – (305) 792-1893 – 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 – Sergeant David Greenwell ~ (305-471-2506 or 305-877-9955), email: dgreenwell@mdpd.com
  • Southland Mall – Officer Eddie Gaitan at (305)490-8644, email: egaitan@mdpd.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 27th and will be set-up through December 23rd.

Operation Support Our Wounded Warriors (OSOWW) will be hosting the Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) to a tournament and Celebrity Softball game December 11-13, 2015. Many of you may remember this group of American Heroes that participated in a tournament several years ago, and they were an inspiration to everyone they came in contact with. The WWAST will play in a celebrity softball game on December 11th.  The players will arrive several days prior to the tournament to partake in several scheduled activities. If you would like to volunteer to assist in the planning and implementation of the event, contact the POAT Office at 305-594-6662.

The Motorcycle Ride to benefit POAT’s Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children will be held on Saturday December 12, 2015, 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 poat.org.  Please contact Rudy Gonzalez at copsrideforkids@aol.com for details.

The Homerun for Heroes Third Annual Kickball Tournament will be held at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park on January 15-17, 2016. 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 u302132@mdpd.com. Team Registration Fee is $300. Each team will receive 15 t-shirts. Online Registration will be available soon at www.poat.org

Thanks for Your Support and Stay Safe!
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October 2015

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“There is a child in every one of us who is still a trick-or-treater looking for a brightly-lit front porch.”
– Robert Brault

The 9-11 Ceremony was held at the Law Enforcement Memorial site in Tropical Park on September 11, 2015. This ceremony honored 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.

Due to rain, the Fallen Heroes Annual Memorial Golf Tournament is rescheduled for Wednesday, October 28, golf2015, at the exclusive Indian Creek Country Club.  More than 100 golfers will be teeing up for a chance to help Miami-Dade County’s fallen officers’ families.

The Town of Cutler Bay Policing Unit is coordinating the second annual Black and Blue Run to raise funds for POAT. The run will be held on Saturday November 14, 2015, at 20601 Old Cutler Road. Registration starts at 3:30 p.m.; the race 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. Click here to register online. Contact Miami-Dade Police Cutler Bay Neighborhood Resource Unit for details at (305)234-4237.

The Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children fundraising begins on Friday November 27, 2015.  POAT volunteers staff table’s set-up at Aventura Mall, Dadeland Mall, The Falls Shopping Center, and Southland Mall.  The coordinators are:

  • Aventura Mall – Captain Dwight Snyder, – (305) 792-1893 – 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 – Sergeant David Greenwell ~ (305-471-2506 or 305-877-9955), email: dgreenwell@mdpd.com
  • Southland Mall – Officer Eddie Gaitan at (305)490-8644, email: egaitan@mdpd.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 60 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 27th and will be set-up until December 23rd.

Operation Support Our Wounded Warriors (OSOWW) will be hosting the Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) to a tournament and Celebrity Softball game December 11-13, 2015. Many of you may remember this group of American Heroes participated in a tournament several years ago and they were an inspiration to everyone they came in contact with. The WWAST will play in a celebrity softball game on December 11th.The players will arrive several days prior to the tournament to partake in several activities we are scheduling. If you would like to volunteer to assist in the planning and implementation of the event contact the POAT Office.

The Motorcycle Ride to benefit POAT’s Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children will be held on Saturday December 12, 2015, 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 at  www.poat.org on October 1st.  Please contact Rudy Gonzalez at copsrideforkids@aol.com or the POAT office for details.
The Homerun for Heroes Third Annual Kickball Tournament will be held at the Kendall Indian Hammocks Park on January 15-17, 2016. 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 u302132@mdpd.com. Team Registration Fee is $300. Each team will receive 15 t-shirts. Online Registration will be available soon at www.poat.org
Thanks for Your Support and Stay Safe!
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September 2015

September with Logo

“By all these lovely tokens September days are here, With summer’s best of weather and autumn’s best of cheer.” – Helen Jackson


(Note time change) On Friday, September 11, 2015, the 9-11 Ceremony will be held at the Law Enforcement Memorial site in Tropical Park at 11:00 a.m.  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.Due to rain, the Fallen Heroes Annual Memorial Golf Tournament is rescheduled for Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at the exclusive Indian Creek Country Club.  More than 100 golfers will be teeing up for a chance to help Miami-Dade County’s fallen officers’ families.

Operation Support Our Wounded Warriors (OSOWW) will be hosting the Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) to a tournament and Celebrity Softball game December 11-13, 2015. Many of you may remember this group of American Heroes participated in a tournament several years ago and they were an inspiration to everyone they came in contact with. The WWAST will play in a celebrity softball game on December 11th.The players will arrive several days prior to the tournament to partake in several activities we are scheduling. If you would like to volunteer to assist in the planning and implementation of the event contact the POAT Office.

The Motorcycle Ride to benefit POAT’s Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children will be held on Saturday December 12, 2015, 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 poat.org.  Please contact Rudy Gonzalez at copsrideforkids@aol.com or the POAT office for details.

The Homerun for Heroes Third Annual Kickball Tournament will be held at the Kendall Indian Hammocks Park on January 15-17, 2016. 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 u302132@mdpd.com. Team Registration Fee is $300. Each team will receive 15 t-shirts. Online Registration will be available soon at www.poat.org

Thanks for Your Support and Stay Safe!
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August 2015

August

“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”
–  William Shakespeare  


Operation Support Our Wounded Warriors (OSOWW) hosted 13 wounded veterans and their spouses to Miami Marlins baseball game on July 2, 2015. The Miami Marlins provided the suite and OSOWW provided food and refreshments. The veterans received a gift bag from the Miami Marlins and OSOWW. They were able to be on the field for the Marlins batting practice and meet some of the players. This has been an annual event with the Miami Marlins for several years. We like to thank the Miami Marlins organization for their continued support of our wounded veterans and OSOWW.

On Friday, September 11, 2015, the 9-11 Ceremony will be held at the Law Enforcement Memorial site in Tropical Park at 9:30 a.m.  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.

Due to rain, the Fallen Heroes Annual Memorial Golf Tournament is rescheduled for Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at the exclusive Indian Creek Country Club.  More than 100 golfers will be teeing up for a chance to help Miami-Dade County’s fallen officers’ families.

Operation Support Our Wounded Warriors (OSOWW) will be hosting the Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) to a tournament and Celebrity Softball game December 11-13, 2015. Many of you may remember this group of American Heroes participated in a tournament several years ago and they were an inspiration to everyone they came in contact with. The WWAST will play in a celebrity softball game on December 11th.The players will arrive several days prior to the tournament to partake in several activities we are scheduling. If you would like to volunteer to assist in the planning and implementation of the event contact the POAT Office.

The Motorcycle Ride to benefit POAT’s Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children will be held on Saturday December 12, 2015, 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 at poat.org.  Please contact Rudy Gonzalez at copsrideforkids@aol.com or the POAT office for details.


Donations are always welcome, any time of year.  If you would like to make a one-time or recurring donation please click here.
Thanks for your support and stay safe!
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July 2015

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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 – Ashley Ramirez – Alfredo Ramirez, Miami-Dade PD
Roger Castillo Scholarship – Noah Miller – Julie Miller,  Miami-Dade PD
Amanda Haworth Scholarship – Patricia Pimentel – Rene Pimentel, Miami P.D.
Paul Janosky Art Scholarship – Marie Nanney – Charles Nanney, Miami-Dade P.D.
Paul Janosky Criminal Justice Scholarship – Evanna Ojeda – Amado Ojeda, Miami-Dade P.D.
Chris Todd Scholarship – Jason Wilkotz – Lawrence Wilkotz, Miami-Dade PD

On Friday, September 11, 2015, 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.

The POAT Golf Tournament at Indian Creek that was rained out on April 29, 2015 is in the process of being golfrescheduled for some time in October 2015. Once the date has been solidified we will let you know. Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Operation Support Our Wounded Warriors (OSOWW) will be hosting the Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team to a tournament and Celebrity Softball game December 12-13, 2015. Many of you may remember this group of American Heroes participated in a tournament several years ago and they were an inspiration to everyone they came in contact with.  The players will arrive several days prior to the tournament to partake in several activities we are scheduling. If you would like to volunteer to assist in the planning and implementation of the event contact the POAT Office.

Thanks for your support and stay safe.

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