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 SCHOLARSHIPS ARE NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS!
Online application and written essay submissions for our 2019 Memorial and Academic Scholarships are being accepted from March 29, 2019 through 5:00 p.m. on April 29, 2019. Scholarship winners will be announced on May 15, 2019. Please click on the Scholarship link on this website for detailed information about the scholarships and how to apply for them. The application link and info on the required essay is at the bottom of the announcement details.
My name is Fabian Brown, and I am the new President of the Bay Area Law Enforcement Assistance Fund (BALEAF)! I was elected at the January 2019 meeting by the Board of Directors.
I am a retired Sergeant from the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department, and I have been a Member of the Board of BALEAF since 2004. I have served on the Board of BALEAF as a Board Member at Large and the Vice President. I am the mother of three and the grandmother of 14, and have two dogs and a cat. I am also the Region 10 Coordinator for the International Association of Women Police, covering the States of California, Hawaii, Nevada, Arizona and Utah.
I am following in a pair of large shoes worn by our Past President, Kelly Blackwell-Garcia. My goal is to move BALEAF forward in this challenging world. We will continue to serve and assist Law Enforcement Officers, their families, and the employees who support their work.
Through Kelly’s hard work and diligence, and the dedication of the Board of BALEAF, we have surpassed the $1,000,000.00 mark for raising and donating funds to law enforcement officers and their families throughout the Bay Area in need!
Our next fundraising event will be our annual Law Enforcement Night at AT&T Park on Thursday, July 18, 2019. Throughout the year, we will continue to host fun events in the future. Please friend us on our Facebook page, and check back regularly for more information.
If you are a law enforcement officer, please remember BALEAF if you, or a fellow officer or co-worker, needs assistance. We are here to assist during times of catastrophic illness or needs. Our email is email@example.com or a message can be left at 415-837-0875.
BALEAF is a non-profit organization, and all donations made to the organization go directly towards assisting Bay Area law enforcement officers in need. All Administrative costs are covered by annual donations made by the Board of Directors.
AS OF APRIL 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 $1,037,220 FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT FAMILIES!
We say farewell to one of Concord Police Department’s most beloved retirees, Master Officer Don Krause. “Donk” had retired less than 5 years ago and passed away unexpectedly on 1/17/19. Don lived with his teenage son, Nick, in Danville. Sadly, Don lost his wife, and Nick lost his mother, more than two years prior.
Anyone who had the great privilege to work with, and learn from, Don, also learned to love every one of his quirks, his laughter, and his sarcasm.
Don had the respect of all who knew him because of his compassion, work habits, and ethics, which remained steadfast and unwavering to his last day.
BALEAF (Bay Area Law Enforcement Assistance Fund) is honored to assist in creating the Nicholas Krause Fund. For those who would like to donate, please mail your checks, payable to:
P.O. BOX 31764
San Francisco, CA 94131
(In the memo section, please flag your donation for the Nicholas Krause Fund.)
Or, by credit/debit, or PayPal at baleaf.org.
Click on “donate”, enter the amount, and designate that your donation is for Nicholas Krause.
BALEAF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (EIN#91-200-6597), which means donations are tax-deductible. All administrative costs are paid by annual donations made by the BALEAF Board of Directors; therefore, 100% of your donations made go directly to those in need. Thank you for your support of the Nicholas Krause Fund.
BALEAF Board Member and Past President
Left to right - Officer Krista Sansen - Concord Police Department, Jena Maclean - Orangetheory Fitness, BALEAF Vice President - Robin Matthews, BALEAF Immediate Past President - Kelly Blackwell-Garcia, Sergeant Joshua "Josh" Graham - Concord Police Department, Makenna Walls - Orangetheory Fitness, and Officer Matt Carroll - Concord Police Department
BALEAF Vice President, Robin Matthews, and Immediate Past President, Kelly Blackwell-Garcia, had the honor of being presented with a check for $1,000 today, that was raised at a fundraiser for the Nicholas Krause Fund. Sergeant Joshua "Josh" Graham from the Concord Police Department, got the idea of having a fitness competition with local law enforcement officers at his local gym, Orangetheory Fitness in Concord, and approached Makenna Walls and Jena Maclean from the gym to see if it would be possible to have the fundraising event there. They both wholeheartedly agreed, and couldn't wait to begin setting up an intensive, one-hour cardio workout for the competition!
Josh then approached the Concord Police Officer's Association (POA) about the proposed benefit, and they were immediately on board with supporting this fundraiser, that would benefit the teenage son of one of their retired officers that had died suddenly. The word went out about the cardio competition to Bay Area law enforcement organizations, and on Saturday, February 2nd, 30 officers from the Concord Police Department, the Contra Costa Sheriff's Office, the Pittsburg Police Department, and the Hayward Police Department came and got the workout of their lives, all for a good cause!
Many thanks to everyone who participated in this fundraiser, and especially to the Concord POA and Orangetheory Fitness! Without your unwaivering support, this fundraiser would not have been able to occur!
Left to Right - Jena Maclean and Makenna Walls from Orangetheory Fitness in Concord
I was very happy to be able to hand deliver 24 checks to members of the Santa Rosa Police Department and the Sonoma County Deputy Sheriffs Department who are victims of the NorCal fires and our Local Heroes on March 1st, 2018. Together, BALEAF, Dell, Google and private donors generously donated and we were able to raise an additional $12,000.00 for law-enforcement members and their families in a time of need.
As always we appreciate your ongoing support of our organization!
Sincerely, Kelly Blackwell Garcia
President of BALEAF
SFPD Sergeant Stephanie Long / BALEAF Executive Director, Kenton Lewis / Dell Fundraising, and Steve Rakoski / President of the Santa Rosa Police Officers Association with members of the Santa Rosa Police Officers Association at check presentation with BALEAF President Kelly Blackwell-Garcia.
Kenton Lewis, Steve Rakowski, and Kelly Blackwell-Garcia
It was my honor and privilege to hand-deliver 25 checks to active and retired members of the Santa Rosa Police Department who lost their homes to the fires. Due to the many generous donations made on the behalf of active and retired members of the Santa Rosa Police Department and their families, very giving donors and BALEAF we were able to raise over $39,000.00 in little over a month. It was a pleasure to meet with Chief Schreeder and a wonderful experience working with Retired SRPD Tom Combs on the SRPD RELIEF FUND. We thank each and every person who contributed. We honor our First Responders and their families and their brothers and sisters who support them.
BALEAF (BAY AREA LAW ENFORCEMENT ASSISTANCE FUND) assists law enforcement members and their families who have experienced a line of duty death, catastrophic event, injury or illness. For more information about BALEAF go to baleaf.org
Kelly Blackwell- Garcia
President of BALEAF
Chief Schreeder, Santa Rosa Police Department, and BALEAF President, Kelly Blackwell-Garcia
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.
Online applications for the 2019 BALEAF Scholarships are occurring now! Click on Scholarships at the top of the Home page for more information on how to apply!
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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