The Council of 100, a division of the Palm Beach Police Foundation, ushered in the holiday season at The Breakers on December 6, 2017 with its annual Holiday Dinner. The evening kicked off with an al fresco cocktail reception in the Mediterranean Courtyard followed by Dinner in the Circle Dining Room.
John F. Scarpa, President and Co-Founder of The Palm Beach Police Foundation and the Council of 100, welcomed 175 guests, which included Palm Beach Police Department officers, Foundation Board and Town Council members. David Mack, First Vice President of the Foundation and Council Co-founder, led the Pledge of Allegiance, and thanked Robert Fromer for his service as the Council’s Treasurer.
Michael Reiter, the former Chief of Police of the Town of Palm Beach, introduced Craig W. Floyd, President and founding CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, who is responsible for launching the Museum effort 20 years ago. Floyd gave a presentation and said the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington DC is slated to open Fall 2018.
David Brant, COO of the Memorial Fund and Executive Director of the forthcoming museum, was the keynote speaker. Brant was the longest serving Director in the history of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), the agency on which the successful television series is based. His tenure was punctuated by the deadly suicide-bomber assault on the USS Cole in 2000, which foreshadowed the 9-11 terrorist attacks less than one year later. “Few communities provide the level of support that Palm Beach shows to its local law enforcement,” he said.
Public Safety Director Kirk Blouin then made Officer of the Quarter presentations to Anthony DeJesse, who attended the dinner, and Ryan Burgoon, as the Officers of the 2nd Quarter, and to Steven O’Leary for the 3rd Quarter, who were in absentia.
The festive evening concluded with warm holiday wishes from Scarpa, who said he looked forward to seeing everyone at The Policemen’s Ball at Mar a Lago on January 6, 2018.