Our generous benefactors and sponsors have been integral in our ongoing support of our Law Enforcement family. Thank you to San Francisco Police Credit Union and our friends, Darlene Hong, Vice President of Membership Development, and Priscilla Guterres, Director of Membership Development, for being there for BALEAF from the beginning! These two women have always gone to bat for BALEAF, and their support is always cherished. That being said, check out the SFPCU website and consider supporting our supporters. Click on the SFPCU logo to go directly to the site.
Hi, Everyone! As we head into the holiday season, I wanted to thank all of you who have supported BALEAF throughout the year. On November 5th, 2019, we hosted our annual San Jose Sharks Law Enforcement Night at the SAP Center in San Jose (aka, The Tank). This was the second year that we've participated in this sold out event, and we're hoping that this will become an annual event with the Sharks. Everyone in attendance had a great time, and the Sharks won, beating the Chicago Blackhawks, which began a 6 game winning streak for the Sharks!
On December 8th, we hosted a pancake breakfast for the annual Harley Davidson Toy Ride Breakfast at the Mariposa Yacht Club, which is always a fun event. The group, led by Santa on his Harley, takes toys to the kids who are patients at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, bringing some holiday cheer to them. After spending time with the kids, the group rides to the Mariposa Yacht Club for breakfast.
And, then, to begin the New Year, BALEAF will be hosted by the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center for their Local Heroes Night on Thursday, January 16th at 7:30 p.m., where they will be playing the Denver Nuggets! This will be a great time to attend a game and to see the inside of the Warriors new home at the Chase Center! A portion of each ticket sold will benefit BALEAF and the San Francisco Fire Fighter's Cancer Prevention Foundation!
Upper level tickets are $75 each; included with your tickets, you'll receive the Local Heroes Night T-Shirt. (You must have a Special Event Voucher for the giveaway). To get this special rate and your Special Event Voucher, tickets MUST be purchased through BALEAF. For tickets, please contact Candy Hilder at email@example.com. Payment can be made by Venmo (Candy-Hilder), Paypal (firstname.lastname@example.org), or by check, made payable to BALEAF and sent to BALEAF, P.O. Box 31764, San Francisco, CA 94131. This event is expected to sell out, so please order your tickets now so that you won't be disappointed! (This would be a fantastic Christmas or Hanukkah present!!)
Please remember to keep an eye on your neighbors and co-workers as we move through the holidays. If you are able to reach out to those who live alone, please do so. Many will be happy just having someone to talk to. Above all else, be sure to take care of yourselves, and please be safe out there.
AS OF JANUARY 3, 2020, BALEAF HAS PROVIDED FUNDING TO 60 LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, AS WELL AS TO THE TWIN TOWERS FUND AND THE KATRINA DISASTER RELIEF FUND. DUE TO THE GENEROSITY OF OUR OUTSTANDING SUPPORTERS, BALEAF HAS, THUS FAR, AWARDED $1,900,020 FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT FAMILIES!
BALEAF MOURNS THE LOSS OF BOARD MEMBER, TIMOTHY "TIM" FOLEY
It is with heavy heart that I let you know that retired San Francisco Police Department Captain Timothy "Tim" Foley died suddenly of a heart attack in Paris the week before Christmas, where he was attending an IACP (International Association of Chief of Police) event. He was 64 years old. Information on any memorial or services that may occur will be provided at a later date by the family.
Tim joined the SFPD in 1977, and served at a variety of stations and bureaus throughout the Department. After retiring from the SFPD in 2010, he started teaching POST certified management and leadership classes for a local consulting group. In 2013, Tim applied for, and got, the Chief's position for the Nevada City Police Department, where he served for several years before becoming the Interim Chief for the Saint Helena Police Department, until very recently.
Tim was one of the founding members of BALEAF when the organization was first formed in 1999. He had been a peer support and CIRT member for about 20 years in the Department, and wanted to be involved with BALEAF so that he could give back to officers and their families that were experiencing a traumatic event. He remained an active member of the BALEAF Board until he took on the Chief's position in Nevada City; however, he chose to remain on the Board as an Associate member, so he could continue to be "kept in the loop" on what BALEAF was doing, and to participate in events when he could, or support them in whatever way he could from afar.
Rest in peace, Tim. You are SO missed!
HARLEY DAVIDSON TOY RIDE BREAKFAST
On December 8th, BALEAF hosted a breakfast for the annual Harley Davidson Toy Ride at the Mariposa Yacht Club. After the group dropped off toys to the kids, who are patients at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, many braved the rainy weather and came to the Club for an all-you-can eat breakfast! Many thanks to all who helped make this another fantastic event. A great time was had by all!
Thank you to all who participated in the 2019 Law Enforcement Night with the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, November 5th at SAP Center in San Jose, also, affectionately known as "The Tank!" Everyone who attended had a fantastic time! All ticket holders who participated in this special BALEAF event received a commemorative baseball cap, tickets to an upcoming Sharks minor league team game, the Barracudas, and were able to participate in a group photo at center ice following the game, if they chose to do so! A handful of lucky attendees also were able to give "high fives" to the team as they came out onto the ice at the start of the game, and two were able to ride the zamboni following the pre-game warm-ups! On top of all of that, the Sharks beat the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-2, which began a 6 game winning streak for them!
We look forward to seeing everyone again next year!
THE BALEAF 2019 MEMORIAL AND ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS!
Every year, BALEAF names our Memorial Scholarship after an officer who was killed in the line of duty. This year's award was named after San Francisco Police Department Officer Jon Cook, in partnership with the San Francisco Police Officer's Pride Alliance, who lost his life in a traffic accident in 2002.
We're proud to announce that the 2019 Memorial Scholarship winner is Francesca Pharo! Francesca is a freshman at Colorado State University and is studying Animal Science. She is the daughter of Richard Griffin Pharo of the Napa Police Department.
BALEAF also provided two Academic scholarships this year. The winners of those scholarships are:
Giana Zamagni, who is the daughter of Joseph A. Zamagni, Jr. of the San Francisco Police Department! Giana will be graduating from Mercy High School in June 2019, and will be attending the University of Nevada, Reno to study Nursing in the fall.
Miranda Doty, who is the daughter of Michael Doty, Assistant Sheriff of the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office! Miranda will be graduating from Gilroy High School this June, and is planning on attending Gavilan College this fall to study Sociology.
Congratulations to all of our winners!
A few photos from Law Enforcement Night with the Giants at Oracle Park on Thursday, July 18, 2019! The evening began with a fun tailgate party at the Mariposa Yacht Club, followed by a pre-game memorial tribute honoring law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty over the past few years throughout the Bay Area. Survivor families were escorted to the Park by a large contingent of Bay Area motorcyle officers, and lined the first and third base lines, where they watched a tribute to their loved ones on the jumbo tron. Thanks to all who came out to have a fun time and to honor our fallen heroes!
(Special thanks to retired Minneapolis Police Officer Lynn Cronquist for the use of her photos).
Photos from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. We will never forget you!
On Thursday, April 25, 2019, President Fabian Brown, along with Past President Kelly Blackwell-Garcia, presented a check from BALEAF in the amount of $11,900.00 to Nickolas Krause, the son of Concord Police Department Master Officer Don Krause, who lost his life suddenly approximately 4 months ago. Nick's mother had also passed a few years earlier. Sergeant Joshua "Josh" Graham from the Concord Police Department, who was a family friend of the Krause's, and who was also present for the check presentation, reached out to BALEAF about what had occurred, and BALEAF immediately initiated a 90 day fundraising effort to assist in raising funds to help Nick. Special thanks to Kelly for taking the lead and spearheading this fundraising drive, and to Josh, for his regional outreach and fundraising efforts!
Thank you to all who donated funds to help this young man. He, and his aunts and uncles who are now raising him, are very much appreciative of your kindness.
BALEAF is proud to announce that the San Francisco Police Department participates annually in the City & County of San Francisco's Combined Charities Campaign! The San Francisco Police Department was the top contributor last year, and BALEAF was the number one charity that SFPD members had selected to support! The BALEAF Board of Directors thanks everyone for their past support, and encourages everyone to consider supporting BALEAF in the campaign again this year.
We will be having a dinner and raffle in 2020 to celebrate BALEAF's 20th Anniversary! Details will be posted soon!
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Bay Area Law Enforcement Assistance Fund (BALEAF)
P.O. Box 31764
San Francisco, CA 94131-0764
Phone No.: 415-837-0875
Fax No.: 415-392-6273