“THE FORCE WAS WITH THEM”
AT THE 13th ANNUAL PALM BEACH POLICEMEN’S BALL
(PALM BEACH, FL--) Inspired by the epic space film series, Star Wars, “the force” was with more than 700 supporters, friends, officers and employees of the Palm Beach Police Department, local civic leaders and Palm Beach Town Council members at the 13th Annual Policemen’s Ball on January 5, 2019 at the Mar-a-Lago Club.
Monika and John Preston were the Chairmen, and Gaye and Jim Engel were Honorary Chairmen of the black-tie event, designed by Bruce Sutka of Sutka Visual Design, who created an out-of-this-world, Star Wars-styled ambience that paid tribute to Palm Beach Police Department’s sworn and non-sworn employees.
The event 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 Sgt. Gary Walley. Fred Hess, a retired former captain, who presided as master of ceremonies and gave the Invocation for the last time, was thanked and acknowledged for his years of service to the Policemen’s Ball.
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 Thirteenth Annual Palm Tree Award. Gala Co-chairman John Preston introduced this year’s recipient, James Patterson, the prolific best-selling author, literacy advocate and Palm Beach resident, who entertained the crowd with his acceptance speech.
Palm Beach Acting Chief of Police Nicholas Caristo and First Vice President David Mack surprised deserving officer, Michele Pagan, a 24-year veteran of the Department and the first female recipient, with the Eighth Annual “Officer of the Year” award, and a check for $5,000, sponsored by IberiaBank.
A live auction, conducted by Bill Bone, featured one-of-a-kind experiences and sporting packages donated by the Trump Organization, James Patterson, Kathryn and Leo Vecellio, John and Monika Preston, Joel and Darcie Kassewitz, Christine and Bob Stiller, the Palm Beach Police Foundation, The Palm Beach Police Department and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department. All proceeds raised will remain in Palm Beach and benefit the Palm Beach Police Department.
The Danny Beck Band entertained with high energy covers that brought the crowd together and kept them on the dance floor until it was time to go home.
Event sponsors included The Palm Beach Police Foundation, Inc., Palm Beach Illustrated, Linda A. Gary Real Estate, Graff and IberiaBank.
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 Lisa Loomis at -561.820.8118, or LisaLoomis@PBPF.us, WWW.PBPF.US