March 2015

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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 Second Annual POAT Homeruns for Heroes Kickball Tournament was held on January 16 and 17, 2015 and it was a huge success.  The two day tournament raised over $9,000.  The general consensus was that everyone had a great time and more importantly, the kids were able to play as well.

The South Florida Stars, which were a little league travelling baseball team, won the first place trophy.  The South Florida Stars team captain was Debbie Castillo, who had all three of her sons playing in the tournament. The Second Place winner was the Hialeah Boyz, from the Hialeah Police Department and the Third Place winner was the Incrediballs, from the North Miami Police Department.

Thank you for all of those who participated in this event.  We will be holding this tournament on an annual basis. We hope to see you in 2016, when we make this tournament bigger and better.

On January 24, 2015 we had the first Fallen Heroes Celebrity Softball Game at Columbus High School. A combined law enforcement softball team played a celebrity team consisting of some retired major league baseball players, radio and movie celebrities. William Levy was playing, which was very exciting for the women spectators. Corrections Officer Curtis Henry, who was severely injured in a vehicle accident several years ago threw out the first pitch and inspired the law enforcement team to win the game 14 to 6. We would like to thank Corrections Officer Ray Llerena who coordinated the event and all who assisted him and attended the game.

The second annual Police K-9 Appreciation/Memorial Ceremony was held at Tropical Park on Wednesday, February 11, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. This ceremony recognized and honored the nine police work dogs that have died in the line-of-duty serving our community. The entire Law Enforcement K-9 comm days of the event, and every year we get people to step up and assist. In turn we get a $15,000 donation to POAT.

We would like to thank all of the volunteers that assisted in enforcing the PGA’s mobile device policy at the World Golf Championship at Doral.  
This is the fourth year we have been involved in this fundraiser with the PGA, which involves securing 60 volunteers to cover all four days of the event, and every year we get people to step up and assist. In turn we get a $15,000 donation 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; 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 Motorcycle Ride to benefit POAT’s Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children will be held on Sunday, May 3, 2015, at 9:00 a.m.  The ride begins at the Miami-Dade Police Department Headquarters Building, 9105 NW 25 Street. Reistration 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 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 7, 2015.  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.

The Board of Directors 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 scholarships are available to the son or daughter of any full-time law enforcement officer employed by any agency in Miami-Dade County.  For the Chris Todd Scholarship, the applicant or his or her parent must work for the Miami-Dade Police Department.  Please visit our website at to download the application.

Mike Byrd Scholarship – Science Majors
Paul Janosky Scholarships– Art and Graphic Majors
Christopher Todd Scholarship – Criminal Justice and Police Science Majors
Amanda Haworth Scholarship – Based on student’s perseverance through adversity (females only)
Roger Castillo Scholarship – Based on student’s perseverance through adversity (males only)
Thanks for your support and stay safe!
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