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.
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
Past President Kelly Blackwell-Garcia and new President Fabian Brown
Retired Sergeant Fabian Brown from the San Francisco Sheriff's Department has been elected as the new BALEAF President! Fabian is no stranger to the BALEAF Board; she has served on the Board for the past 10 years, including serving on the Executive Board for the past 3 years as the organization's Vice President.
When Kelly Blackwell-Garcia decided not to run for another term as President, after serving in that capacity for the past 7 years, Fabian decided to take the next step and run for President. She is absolutely thrilled to join the rest of the Executive Board – SFPD Sergeant Maura "Mo" Pengel/Executive Director, Retired SFPD Inspector Robin Matthews/Vice President, who was also elected in the same election as Fabian, Retired Richmond P.D. Sergeant Christa Cappiali/Secretary, Retired SFPD Officer Pat Burley/Treasurer, and Retired San Francisco Sheriff's Department Sergeant Matt O'Shea /Sergeant-at-Arms – as they continue to move BALEAF forward in it's efforts to assist Bay Area law enforcement officers and their families and civilian members of those agencies. Kelly will remain on the Board as a regular Board member.
Fabian joined the San Francisco Sheriff's Department in 1996 and worked in a variety of positions there, including the courts, the station transfer unit, and CJ1 Intake, and often served as the Watch Commander there. She retired this past year as a Sergeant. She is a member of the American Red Cross Leadership Board, and is also serving on her third, three-year term as the Region 10 Coordinator for the International Association of Women Police (IAWP), which covers California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah and Hawaii. When she isn't busy with BALEAF, she enjoys camping, white water rafting, gardening, and traveling.
AS OF MARCH 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 $1,031,220 FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT FAMILIES!
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 participated in a City-wide combined charities campaign, with over 50 other City agencies. SFPD was the top contributor, and BALEAF was the number one charity that SFPD members had selected. As President of BALEAF I am so very proud. On behalf of the BALEAF Board of Directors, we thank you!
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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