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 wanted to let everyone know that through all of the craziness that has been going on locally, in the country, and in the world these past several months, that BALEAF has been here for both sworn and civilian employees of law enforcement agencies throughout the Bay Area. We have been able to assist eighteen families, so far, this year, giving out $33,000 in assistance!
For those of you who may not be aware of the history of BALEAF, the organization was established in 1999 as a means to assist law enforcement personnel and their families in their time of need. It was initially formed to assist the widows of San Francisco Police officers who had passed away from both natural causes and line of duty deaths. Former SFPD Lieutenant, Lynette Hogue, along with former SFPD Chaplain Mike Ryan, current SFPD Chaplain Sister Lillian Repak, and Diane Wolffe, one of the SFPD's Psych Pros, put together a Grief Support Group, and reached out to as many survivors that they knew about and had contact information for, and invited them to come to a meeting. Many came, and at one point, there were approximately 20 people attending the monthly meetings at any given time. For many of these survivors, it had been the first time that anyone from the Department had reached out to them since their loved ones had died!
During those meetings, they heard story after story about how financially impacted they were upon the death of their family members. There were delays in their final payout from the Department, as well as from insurance policies they had, and they had bills to pay. It put an additional strain on them that they shouldn't have had to deal with during their time of grief. Lynette and Mike, along with former Directors of the SFPD Behavioral Science Unit, Al Benner and Forrest Fulton, began discussing the possibilty of forming a non-profit organiztion to help these family members financially, not just for the SFPD, but for all Bay Area law enforcement agencies. Mike drew up by-laws and the application for non-profit status, and they were submitted, and accepted, and BALEAF was born!
BALEAF is proud to say that 100% of your donations made to the organization go directly towards assisting, both sworn and civilian members of Bay Area law enforcement agencies! Annual donations made by BALEAF's Board of Directors, pay for all administrative costs incurred by the organization throughout the year, along with some donations that are made specifically for that purpose.
Unfortunately, due to the corononavirus pandemic, BALEAF has had to cancel all of our upcoming fundraising events, including Law Enforcement Night with the Giants, the Sharks, a potential event with the Warriors, and even the annual San Francisco Police Memorial event. We're hoping to be able to do these events again next year; however, with the pandemic, everything is currently in a holding pattern.
Now, more than ever, I'd like to encourage everyone to consider choosing BALEAF as your recipient for your donations to the upcoming City & County of San Francisco's Combined Charities Campaign, if you're an SFPD member, or to any other Combined Charities Campaign going on for your agencies other than the San Francisco Campaign. Your donations will ensure that BALEAF will be able to continue to help officers, civilian members, and their families during times of death, sustaining a serious injury, or suffering a catastrophic event.
One of the benefits about donating through a Combined Charities Campaign is that it enables people to give money every month without having to worry about remembering to do so! A one-time donation is also an option. All donations made to BALEAF are tax deductible.
Finally, many individual members, union, and Departments will set up GoFundMe pages to assist an officer or family member when they're experiencing a hardship. Please remember that BALEAF is also available to set up a special fundraising drive for those members in need. Using BALEAF for that purpose, rather than setting up a GoFundMe account, will elminate any fees associated with those accounts, will ensure that 100% of your donation will go directly to that person or family in need, and gives the donor a tax write-off, to boot!
Please stay safe, and don't hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or need assistance. Our email is BayAreaLE1025@gmail.com, and any donations not associated with a Combined Charities Campaign can be sent to BALEAF at P.O. Box 31764, San Francisco, CA 94131. We hope that you never need us, but we're here if you ever do.
AS OF AUGUST 25, 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 $1,930,770 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