(PALM BEACH, FL---) The Palm Beach Police Foundation’s Annual Palm Beach Policemen’s Ball on January 16, 2016 at the Mar-a-Lago Club, marked its 10th anniversary with a Palm Beach spin on “Miami Vice,” the 1980s television crime drama. The gala drew more than 650 guests and raised more than $1,000,000.00, surpassing last year’s record. 

Monika and John Preston were the Dinner Chairmen, and Mary and Mark Freitas were Honorary Chairmen of the Ball, which paid tribute to Palm Beach Police Department’s men and women in blue and its non-sworn employees.  Celebrated event designer, Tom Mathieu incorporated signature elements from “Miami Vice,” remembered for epic boat chase scenes, neon-lit landmarks, and the stylish clothes worn by Detectives Sonny Crockett Johnson and Ricardo Tubbs.

The evening began with a poolside cocktail reception, which showcased the new Sea Vee boat, a purchase facilitated by the Foundation on behalf of the police department. Following cocktails, pomp and pageantry was provided by Palm Beach Pipes and Drums, and the Presentation of the Colors by the Palm Beach Police Department Honor Guard. A stirring rendition of America the Beautiful was performed by Palm Beach Police Sergeant Gary Walley, accompanied by Don DeMarco, Vic Damone’s personal guitarist. The Invocation was given by Fred Hess, a former captain who returned after retiring from handling the police department’s community relations. Throughout the evening, entertained was provided by dance band, Rhythm Collective.  

The Tenth Annual Palm Tree Award was presented by Palm Beach Police Foundation co-founder and President, John F. Scarpa, and Foundation co-founder and Vice President Emeritus Tim Moran, along with the Prestons, to Palm Beach philanthropists, Kathryn and Leo Vecellio, who have supported a wide range of causes throughout Palm Beach County that include the Town of Palm Beaches, and the Vecellio Family Foundation has awarded $3.1 million in Scholarships to more than 350 students and dispersed millions in support of numerous educational, civic, health and charitable causes.  Palm Beach Director of Public Safety Kirk Blouin and the Foundation’s First Vice President David Mack surprised Sergeant Tom Melnichok, with the Fifth Annual “Officer of the Year” award and a $5,000 check, sponsored by Iberia Bank.

An exciting live auction, conducted by Bill Bone, featured a Buccellati Losanghe Cuff, donated by Buccellati at Neiman Marcus Palm Beach, along with sports packages, an exclusive dining experience aboard Lady Kathryn V, the Vecellio’s boat,
and other items, culminated in raising a record $333,000.00 in proceeds that will benefit the Palm Beach Police Department and provide funding for scholarships, unmet needs and assistance, and Crime Watch.  Event sponsors included Jewelry Sponsor, Buccellati at Neiman Marcus Palm Beach, and Media Sponsor, Palm Beach Illustrated.

The Palm Beach Police Foundation is a charitable organization that underwrites programs, and accepts and manages tax deductible gifts and donations for the benefit of the Palm Beach Police Department and its employees.  
For information contact Jennifer Recarey at -561.820.8118, or   WWW.PBPF.US


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Palm Beach Police Foundation

The Palm Beach Police & Fire Foundation is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization that exists to support the Town of Palm Beach Police and Fire Department and its employees through the acceptance, management and disbursement of tax-deductible gifts and contributions. It is organized and supported by town residents and the local community independent of the Town of Palm Beach. Federal Tax ID #83-046254. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE 1-800-HELP-FLA OR ONLINE AT, REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. REGISTRATION #: CH21488