The 12th Annual Policemen’s Ball on January 6, 2018 at the Mar-a-Lago Club, was a record-breaking sell-out. The event drew more than 700 supporters, friends, police officers and employees from the Palm Beach Police Department, local civic leaders and Palm Beach Town Council members, and surpassed last year’s record.
Monika and John Preston were the Honorary Chairmen, and Gaye and Jim Engel served as Gala Chairmen of the black-tie gala with a “Bless the Blue” theme that paid tribute to Palm Beach Police Department’s sworn and non-sworn employees. Celebrated event designer, Tom Mathieu incorporated visual elements and photographs that depicted the valor, courage and commitment of Palm Beach Police officers on and off duty.
The evening began with a poolside cocktail reception, followed by pomp and pageantry provided by Palm Beach Pipes and Drums, and Presentation of the Colors by the Palm Beach Police Department Honor Guard. A stirring rendition of The Star Spangled Banner was performed by Palm Beach Police Officer Steven O’Leary. The Invocation was given by Fred Hess, a retired former captain.
Palm Beach Police Foundation Co-founder and President, John F. Scarpa, and Foundation Co-founder and Vice President Emeritus Tim Moran, welcomed the guests and presented a video appearance by President Donald Trump, who sent congratulations and best wishes to all, and acknowledgements of excellence to the Palm Beach Police Department. Following was the presentation of the Twelfth Annual Palm Tree Award with an introduction by Foundation Board member Michele Kessler, of recipient, Hon. Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., United States Secretary of Commerce.
Palm Beach Director of Public Safety Kirk Blouin and First Vice President David Mack surprised two deserving officers, Ryan Burgoon and Anthony de Jesse, with the Seventh Annual “Officer of the Year” award, and two checks for $2,500, sponsored by IberiaBank.
Following, longtime Board member Gerald Frank received a commemorative gift of thanks in recognition for his service and dedication to the Foundation and the community. A surprise check presentation for $80,000 was made by Annie and Michael Falk, from funds Michael and his cycling team, The Plantagenets, raised in the 2017 Race Across America. The Plantagenet's donation kicked off the live auction, conducted by Bill Bone, that featured one-of-a-kind experiences and sporting packages donated by the Trump Organization, John and Monika Preston, Joel and Darcie Kassewitz, Bill Koch, Christine and Bob Stiller, the Palm Beach Police Foundation. Proceeds from the ball and auction will remain in Palm Beach and will benefit the Palm Beach Police Department. Event sponsors included The Palm Beach Police Foundation, Inc., Palm Beach Illustrated, Linda A. Gary Real Estate, and IberiaBank. To view photos, click here.
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.