October 2015

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“There is a child in every one of us who is still a trick-or-treater looking for a brightly-lit front porch.”
– Robert Brault

The 9-11 Ceremony was held at the Law Enforcement Memorial site in Tropical Park on September 11, 2015. This ceremony honored our country’s Police and Firefighter heroes who were killed in the line of duty responding to the attacks on our nation. It is important that we never forget all of the heroes that perished that tragic day.

Due to rain, the Fallen Heroes Annual Memorial Golf Tournament is rescheduled for Wednesday, October 28, golf2015, at the exclusive Indian Creek Country Club.  More than 100 golfers will be teeing up for a chance to help Miami-Dade County’s fallen officers’ families.

The Town of Cutler Bay Policing Unit is coordinating the second annual Black and Blue Run to raise funds for POAT. The run will be held on Saturday November 14, 2015, at 20601 Old Cutler Road. Registration starts at 3:30 p.m.; the race starts at 5:00 p.m. 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. Click here to register online. Contact Miami-Dade Police Cutler Bay Neighborhood Resource Unit for details at (305)234-4237.

The Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children fundraising begins on Friday November 27, 2015.  POAT volunteers staff table’s set-up at Aventura Mall, Dadeland Mall, The Falls Shopping Center, and Southland Mall.  The coordinators are:

  • Aventura Mall – Captain Dwight Snyder, – (305) 792-1893 – dsnyder@SIBPD.net  or Sergeant Brian Schnell, ~ (305-947-4440 or 786-340-0212), email: bschnell@sibfl.net
  • Dadeland Mall – Sergeant Orlando Reyes, ~ (786-873-9000), email: OLReyes@mdpd.com
  • The Falls – Sergeant David Greenwell ~ (305-471-2506 or 305-877-9955), email: dgreenwell@mdpd.com
  • Southland Mall – Officer Eddie Gaitan at (305)490-8644, email: egaitan@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 60 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 27th and will be set-up until December 23rd.

Operation Support Our Wounded Warriors (OSOWW) will be hosting the Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) to a tournament and Celebrity Softball game December 11-13, 2015. Many of you may remember this group of American Heroes participated in a tournament several years ago and they were an inspiration to everyone they came in contact with. The WWAST will play in a celebrity softball game on December 11th.The players will arrive several days prior to the tournament to partake in several activities we are scheduling. If you would like to volunteer to assist in the planning and implementation of the event contact the POAT Office.

The Motorcycle Ride to benefit POAT’s Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children will be held on Saturday December 12, 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). Online registration will be available at  www.poat.org on October 1st.  Please contact Rudy Gonzalez at copsrideforkids@aol.com or the POAT office for details.
The Homerun for Heroes Third Annual Kickball Tournament will be held at the Kendall Indian Hammocks Park on January 15-17, 2016. 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 will be available soon at www.poat.org
Thanks for Your Support and Stay Safe!
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