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.
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!
May 1st began Law Enforcement Month. This is the time when Officers, their family and friends gather together to remember those Law Enforcement Officers who made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting the citizens of this country. Each state has a ceremony, and there is also a National Ceremony held at the Memorial in Washington, D.C.
As a Retired Sergeant of the San Francisco Sheriff's Department, I understand how much we think about, and treasure, our family and friends, and how important our relationships with our co-workers are to us.
On May 2nd, members of BALEAF, along with members of the San Francisco Police Officer's Association and the Chief's Office, gathered and hosted the families, friends, and co-workers of the 99 officers listed on the Memorial Wall at the Headquarters of the San Francisco Police Department. Many of the speakers asked that we all remember the good times and the bad times and to try and find comfort in those memories. The Officers on the Wall will never be forgotten, and will always be missed. It is important that we remember how they lived, more than how they died.
During this month, I would encourage and challenge us all to take the time to say hello, or even just smile, to Officers who are on duty. I remember when I was on duty, and how much it meant when people just smiled or went out of their way to say hello and to tell me to have a safe day.
I'd also like to recognize and thank my fellow Board Members at BALEAF. Most of us are retired law enforcement officers who take time out of their busy schedules to provide assistance to Law Enforcement Officers, civilian employees, and their families. Their unwavering commitment, continuous work, and assistance to ALL law enforcement agencies in the Bay Area is deeply appreciated!
(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.
AS OF JULY 1, 2019, BALEAF HAS PROVIDED FUNDING TO 59 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 $1,063,120 FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT FAMILIES!
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.
Get your tickets now for Law Enforcement Appreciation Night with the Giants facing off against the Mets at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, July 18th. Check out the flyer above for more information on how to get tickets!
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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