Approach the New Year with resolve to find the opportunities hidden in each new day.
The first Black and Blue Run was held on November 22, 2014 in the Town of Cutler Bay, who sponsored the run. The event raised over $46,000 for POAT. We would like to thank everyone who participated and supported the event particularly, Major Julie Miller and the officers of the Town of Cutler Bay. There were representatives from many departments running in uniform. This event generated a great networking atmosphere and comradery among the troops. We look forward to having more runners next year.
The Cops Ride for Kids Motorcycle Ride to benefit POAT’s Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children was held on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 9 a.m. We had a large group consisting of 691 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 2015.
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 Homerun for Heroes Second Annual Kickball Tournament will be held at the Kendall Indian Hammocks Park on January 16-17, 2015. 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 as soon as possible. Team Registration Fee is $300. Each team will receive 15 t-shirts. Click on the following link to pay the registration fee with a credit card: https://www.givedirect.org/give/givefrm.asp?cid=12628 NOTE: In the comments section you must type “Homerun for Heroes” along with the “Team Name” and “Team Captain contact information”
The Seventh Annual “Throwin Lead” Shooting Competition will be held on Saturday February 28, 2015, at 8:00 a.m. This event is sponsored by the Miami-Dade Police Department’s (MDPD) Operation Support our Wounded Warriors and has gained momentum through the years. This event is held to honor all who have served our country in all branches of the service. Sergeant Paul Angelo and the MDPD High Powered Rifle Team coordinate the event, which is held at the Miami-Dade Public Safety Training Institute, 9501 N.W. 58 Street. Preference is given to military veterans and active military; particularly wounded veterans. If you have any questions you can contact Sgt. Angelo at U305501@mdpd.com or the POAT office.
- 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 fifth year POAT has participated in the fundraiser. Please help us by contacting Lt. Thamy Gonzalez 305-342-4623 or firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
- You and your friends can also register as a POAT Ambassador for only $65. Along with being up-front and personal with the Champions, you will receive a golf shirt, hat, two complimentary any day grounds tickets, attend the Ambassador Expo and Party, and a weekly volunteer badge, and parking. Space is limited. Upon completion, your registration fee will be donated to POAT.
Come join us for the Walk to Cure Diabetes on Saturday, April 11, 2015. 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 $627,397 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.
Our countywide recent roll call blitz explaining the services POAT provides and how one can donate was successful. Many of the roll call presenters are actively involved in POAT and passionate about ensuring that POAT stays a viable resource for generations of law enforcement officers to come. The videos shown at the roll calls are accessible on the POAT website, WWW.POAT.ORG We are asking everyone who attended one of the roll calls to continue to get the word out about POAT by directing any officer not familiar with POAT to view one of the videos. Every federal, state, local and corrections officer needs to be aware of and support POAT. It would be a shame if there is an officer out there who has been stricken with a catastrophic event and is not aware that we are a possible resource for financial assistance. So, please do your part and continue to support and educate your fellow officers about POAT.