Bill Finneran and Esther Murray hosted a kickoff cocktail reception at his oceanfront house in Palm Beach on November 7, 2018, in honor of the 13th Annual Policemen’s Ball at the Mar a Lago Club on January 5, 2019. 

More than 120 guests attended the party and were welcomed by Mr. Finneran, who introduced the Foundation’s Co-founder Tim Moran, who thanked the hosts for their gracious hospitality with a special gift.  Mr. Moran acknowledged Gala Chairmen Monika and John Preston, and Honorary Chairmen  Gaye and Jim Engel, and auctioneer  Bill Bone for their service, leadership and support of the upcoming Policemen’s Ball.  Special recognition was also given to author James Patterson, the 2019 Palm Tree Award recipient, who attended with his wife, Sue; and to the 2019 Ball sponsors: GRAFF, Linda A. Gary Real Estate, IBERIABank and Palm Beach Illustrated. 

Foundation President and Co-founder John F. Scarpa acknowledged the Foundation’s Board members, Council of 100 Members, past Policemen’s Ball chairmen, past Palm Tree Award recipients, attending Town Council members, Town Manager Kirk Blouin, and Palm Beach Police Department’s acting Chief Nick Caristo.

The 13th Annual Policemen’s Ball will honor and support the police and civilian members of the Palm Beach Police Department, and proceeds will remain within the town and benefit the Police Department.