December 2016

Happy Holidays to all from the POAT Board of Directors and staff!

The Town of Cutler Bay Policing Unit held the third annual Black and Blue Run on Saturday November 12, 2016, at 20601 Old Cutler Road. The event was enjoyable for everyone that attended with food, fun and entertainment for all. Officers from many federal, state, county and municipal departments came out to run/walk and represent their agency.  The kids had fun in the bounce houses and officers that have not seen each other in years caught up on old times. Thank you to The Town of Cutler Bay Policing Unit for coordinating the event and all of the participants who raised money and supported the cause.

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 until 10 am, December 2nd. If you miss online registration, you can still register at the ride. Please contact Rudy Gonzalez at copsrideforkids@aol.com 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: dgreenwell@mdpd.com
  • Southland Mall – Officer Chris Reed at  (305) 234-4237, email: cmreed@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 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 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.

Thanks for Your Support and Stay Safe!
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August 2016



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

On Sunday, September 11, 2016, 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.

Operation Support Our Wounded Warriors (OSOWW) hosted 12 wounded veterans and their spouses to a Miami Marlins baseball game on July 2, 2015. The Miami Marlins provided the suite and OSOWW coordinated the outing. The veterans received a gift bag from the Miami Marlins and challenge coin from 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 the past seven years. We would like to thank the Miami Marlins organization for their continued support of our wounded veterans and OSOWW.

Thanks for your support and stay safe!

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A Special Thanks to Our Donors & Mall Volunteers

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Each year, the Police Officer Assistance Trust (POAT) sponsors the Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children program.  This program symbolizes law enforcement and the community reaching out and remembering the children of those officers who gave their lives protecting and serving the rest of us.  In 2013, there were 64 children, representing 14 law enforcement agencies, of officers who died in the line of duty or while on active duty.  Featured above, are some of the officers whose children are provided gifts and a check thanks to the donations received for this worthy cause.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank all of the volunteers who responded to our request for assistance in staffing the donation table at various malls in the area.  These volunteers and donors allowed POAT to raise the needed funds for the program.

Because of the efforts of such dedicated individuals, Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children 2013 was a success.  You are  to be commended for your role in this project and enabling POAT to live up to our motto, “Serving Those Who Serve.” Your commitment to fellow members of the law enforcement community, the generous giving of your time, and support of POAT are greatly appreciated.

Angus H. Butler, President

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