November 2014

November with Logo
Always remember to count your blessings !

The Cutler Bay Policing Unit is coordinating the first Black and Blue Fun Run to raise funds for POAT. The run will be held on Saturday November 22, 2014 at 20601 Old Cutler Road. Registration starts at 4:00 pm. The race starts at 5:30 pm. 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 NRU for further details at (305) 234-4237. Pledges will be collected from participants on race day.  Pledges can also be made online by clicking here. Specify in the comments section: “Black and Blue Fun Run” and the “name of the participant” you are sponsoring.
Download the pledge form here
The Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children fundraising begins in November.  POAT volunteers staff tables set up at Aventura Mall, Dadeland Mall, The Falls Shopping Center, Shops at Sunset Place, and Southland Mall.  The coordinators are:
  • Aventura Mall – Captain Dwight Snyder, – (305) 792-1893 –  or Sergeant Brian Schnell, ~ (305-947-4440 or 786-340-0212), email:
  • Dadeland Mall – Sergeant Orlando Reyes, ~ (786-873-9000), email:
  • The Falls – Sergeant David Greenwell ~ (305-471-2506 or 305-877-9955), email:
  • Shops at Sunset Place – Sergeant Henry Guzman ~(786-333-5972) or
  • Southland Mall – Officer Jose Edreira at (786)488-5611, email:
This is the only time of year when POAT is in a public setting and has the opportunity to explaining what we are about.   This year, we will purchase gifts for 62 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 28th and will be set up until December 23rd.
The Motorcycle Ride to benefit POAT’s Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children will be held on Saturday, December 6, 2014, at 9 a.m.  The ride begins at the Miami-Dade Police Department Headquarters Building, 9105 N.W. 25 Street.  Registration for the event is $20 per bike.  Online registration is available by clicking here.  A POAT poker chip will be given to each registered rider (while supplies last).  Please contact Rudy Gonzalez at, 305-471-2765, or the POAT office for details at

In 1995, the POAT entered into an agreement with the United Way so that people wanting to direct their United Way donations to POAT could do so. Since that time, POAT’s main source of income has been generated through the United Way by police officers designating POAT on their pledge forms. The police departments that have this available are: Miami-Dade, Hialeah, Miami Beach, Miami-Dade Corrections and the University of Miami. Open enrollment for employees to designate their contribution runs from October through November. Remember you must specifically designate Police Officer Assistance Trust, not POAT. The process for completing the donation has gone paperless and is now automated. Please take the time log on and ensure your donation is properly entered. 

Check out POAT’s website to keep abreast of all of the events and fundraisers that are taking place.

Thank you for your support and stay safe!

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