Palm Beach Police ‘rock’ at annual ball at Mar-a-Lago

In its 11th year, the Policeman’s Ball, arguably the most popular event on the social calendar, had everything from its previous 10.

Huge crowd. Fabulous band. Traffic jam. Bagpipers.

But it didn’t have Donald Trump. He was kinda busy.

Not that it mattered much. The sellout event, which took place Jan. 7 at The Mar-a-Lago Club, raised a record $1.1 million.

John and Monika Preston were chairman and chairwoman for the “Jailhouse Rock” evening, which began with a reception by the tented pool, uplit in blue for dramatic effect.

Mark and Mary Freitas were honorary chairman and honorary chairwoman.

After the cocktail hour, the skirls of the Palm Beach Pipes and Drums signaled the guests through the “jailhouse” doors into the Grand Ballroom, where Tom Mathieu carried out the theme with black-and-white prison stripe tablecloths, handcuffs for napkin rings, oversized sunglasses with attached sideburns and an Elvis impersonator.

After the color guard and invocation, guests sat down for dinner and a video message from the president-elect, who sent his good wishes.

Jeff Greene was the night’s honoree, accepting the Palm Tree Award for his outstanding community service and support of the Palm Beach Police Foundation and the police department.

Former boxing world champion Mike Tyson, Greene’s longtime friend and best man at his wedding, congratulated him by video.

After the announcement of Sgt. Dan Wilkinson as the Officer of the Year, the night continued with a live auction, dessert, and dancing.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Palm Beach Police Foundation, 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.


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