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.
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Greetings one and all! I hope that everyone is staying safe during these crazy times. As we get ready to enter the holiday season, please remember to keep an eye out on yourself, your family, and your co-workers for depression and stress, especially as we continue to deal with the coronavirus. Remember that if you begin to feel overwhelmed, reach out to someone that you trust, whether a family member, friend, or spiritual advisor. You are not alone!
The City and County of San Francisco is currently in the middle of their annual Combined Charities Campaign. We would like to ask you to please consider choosing BALEAF as one of those you donate to this year. BALEAF is listed under the code L2027.
Because of the coronavirus, BALEAF has had to cancel all of its fundraising events this year, so any donations that can be made would be greatly appreciated! Donations can be made monthly through the Combined Charities Campaign, or by a one time donation. If your agency is not a participant of this Campaign, donations can also be made directly to BALEAF.
Checks should be made out to BALEAF and sent to P.O. Box 31764, San Francisco, CA 94131. All donations are tax deductible.
One of the things that makes BALEAF unique and different from most other non-profit organizations, is BALEAF Board members make their own annual donations to BALEAF to cover all of the organization's adminstrative expenses. That means that 100% of all donations made to BALEAF goes directly towards assisting Bay Area law enforcement members and their families who are in need! As we often say at BALEAF, we hope that you never need us, but we're here if you ever do. Your donations enable us to continue to be there for those in need.
Have fun over Halloween and stay safe!
AS OF SEPTEMBER 28, 2020, BALEAF HAS PROVIDED FUNDING TO 62 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 $1,946,270 FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT FAMILIES!
CONGRATULATIONS TO BALEAF'S 2020 ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS!
This year's BALEAF Scholarship Program has concluded, and we have our winners! We received 49 applications this year, with 43 of them completed and returned. The applicants this year came from 19 different law enforcement agencies throughout the Bay Area, and included 27 female applicants and 16 male applicants.
Our winners, along with the agencies that their relatives work for, and the colleges they plan to attend, are:
Nicholas Fay - Marin County Sheriff's Office, attending Beloit College
Isabella Engler - San Francisco Police Department, attending U.C. Davis
Jenna Nguyen, San Jose Police Department, attending California Baptist University
Owen Walsh, San Francisco Police Department, attending Chapman University
Mitchell Chang, Antioch Police Department, attending the University of Arizona
Haley Kasid, Concord Police Department, attending Solano Community College
Congratulations to one and all, and much luck as you continue your education!
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!
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.
BALEAF's fundraising events have been cancelled for 2020 due to the Covidvirus, but please check back for further updates!
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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