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!
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!
It’s been a few busy months! On May 2, 2019, we had SFPD Memorial Night at the Department's Headquarters, where we remembered and honored the SFPD Officers who made the ultimate sacrifice. Many of their friends and families were there to remember their sacrifice.
June was a pretty quiet month for the Bay Area. Unfortunately, we lost one of our own, Sacramento Police Officer Tara O’Malley. There were also many officers around the state and nation who also made the ultimate sacrifice. We thank them all for service to our country, and we offer condolences and healing thoughts and strength to their families.
On July 11, 2019, we honored three Bay Area students with Scholarship Awards, to assist them with their studies. The SFPD Officer Jon Cook Memorial Scholarship winner was Francesca Pharo, the daughter of a member of the Napa Valley Police Department. The Academic Scholarship winners were Giana Zamagni, the daughter of a San Francisco Police Department officer, and Miranda Doty, the daugher of the Assistant Sheriff of the Santa Clara County Sheriffs's Office. Congratulations to one and all!
The Bay Area celebrated Gay Pride and our Board Member Candy Hilder was out in front to celebrate and elevate Pride week.
July 18, 2019, was the annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Night. BALEAF and the Police Officers Memorial Fund were recipients of donations given by the San Francisco Giants and Law Enforcement Agencies who purchased tickets. It was also a night to honor those who have fallen in the Line of Duty. I haven’t ridden the bus for the Families of our Heroes in a long time. It was very emotional for all of us. If you have never seen the motorcade that escorts the families, it is something to see. The game happens annually in July; hope to see many of you there again next year! By the way, the Giants beat the Mets in overtime ! GO GIANTS!!!
BALEAF continues to move forward in this, our 20th anniversary year. We are currently looking for corporate funding to assist us as we increase our assistance to Bay Area law enforcement officers and their families, as well as to civilian members of those organizations, who have either been killed in the line of duty, have been seriously injured, or who have suffered a catastrophic event. If you are aware of anyone who might be interested in partnering with us, please have them reach out to me at email@example.com.
We are also planning a fundraiser and raffle for later this year. I will post information as we plan it out.
Take Care and Be Safe Out There!!
(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 SEPTEMBER 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 $1,078,020 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.
We will be having a dinner and raffle early 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