April 2015

April Newsletter 2
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

Operation support Our Wounded Warriors Shooting Match was held on February 28, 2015. Even the rain could not damper the enthusiasm and comradery displayed this special day. The sense of patriotism that was felt in the gym as a member of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team United States Army Sgt. Carter Hess, led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance was unwavering.  The winners of the Gun Drawing was Major Franzia Vrea from North Miami P.D. winning the M4 Rifle and MDPD Sgt. Ozzie Hernandez winning the Glock 19. Thank you to all of the participants and volunteers that made this event enjoyable and successful. With a special thank you to Sgt. Paul Angelo who took the lead in coordinating the event. Additionally, Lisa Macias with Miami-Dade Police was instrumental in coordinating seven of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team skydive with the United States Army Golden Knights. It was truly a special weekend for many of our military veterans that have given so much in defending our country.

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.

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. 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 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 http://www.poat.org/scholarships 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)

*Deadline to turn in scholarship applications is May 1st.

Thanks for your support and stay safe!
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