Bay Area Law Enforcement Assistance Fund
Bay Area Law Enforcement Assistance Fund


Hello, Everyone!  Well, here we are finishing up the second month of the year.  Time sure flies!  We held our annual BALEAF Executive Board Elections at our January meeting.  The 2020 Executive Board consists of the following members:


President - Fabian Brown

Vice President - Deborah Neil

Secretary - Christa Cappiali

Treasurer - Bob Guinan

Sgt. of Arms - Leroy Lindo


Thank you to the outgoing 2019 Executive Board for all of your dedication to the Board and it's Mission; and many thanks to the new Executive Board for steping up and taking on this task of moving BALEAF forward into the next decade!  I look forward to working with each and every one of you!


BALEAF is hoping to raise more funds in 2020 so that we are able to assist more Bay Area officers and their families during their time of need.  This year, some of our fundraisers will include, the annual Law Enforcement Night with the S.F. Giants, First Responder Night with San Jose Sharks, Law Enforcement Night with the Warriors, and the Harley Davidson Toy Ride. BALEAF is also part of the City and County of San Francisco's Combined Charities drive, and we're very grateful to all who contribute to that each year.


Our annual scholarship program will be accepting applications soon, so please keep coming back to our website for information on how and when to apply. 


Thank you for all of your support of BALEAF!  We look forward to meeting you at some of our events this year!


Fabian Brown


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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!



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President Brown's Archived Messages

Hi, Everyone!  As we head into the holiday season, I wanted to thank all of you who have supported BALEAF throughout the year.  On November 5th, 2019, we hosted our annual San Jose Sharks Law Enforcement Night at the SAP Center in San Jose (aka, The Tank). This was the second year that we've participated in this sold out event, and we're hoping that this will become an annual event with the Sharks.  Everyone in attendance had a great time, and the Sharks won, beating the Chicago Blackhawks, which began a 6 game winning streak for the Sharks!


On December 8th, we hosted a pancake breakfast for the annual Harley Davidson Toy Ride Breakfast at the Mariposa Yacht Club, which is always a fun event.  The group, led by Santa on his Harley, takes toys to the kids who are patients at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, bringing some holiday cheer to them.  After spending time with the kids, the group rides to the Mariposa Yacht Club for breakfast.


And, then, to begin the New Year, BALEAF will be hosted by the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center for their Local Heroes Night on Thursday, January 16th at 7:30 p.m., where they will be playing the Denver Nuggets!  This will be a great time to attend a game and to see the inside of the Warriors new home at the Chase Center!  A portion of each ticket sold will benefit BALEAF and the San Francisco Fire Fighter's Cancer Prevention Foundation!


Upper level tickets are $75 each; included with your tickets, you'll receive the Local Heroes Night T-Shirt.  (You must have a Special Event Voucher for the giveaway).  To get this special rate and your Special Event Voucher, tickets MUST be purchased through BALEAF.  For tickets, please contact Candy Hilder at  Payment can be made by Venmo (Candy-Hilder), Paypal (, or by check, made payable to BALEAF and sent to BALEAF, P.O. Box 31764, San Francisco, CA 94131.  This event is expected to sell out, so please order your tickets now so that you won't be disappointed!  (This would be a fantastic Christmas or Hanukkah present!!)


Please remember to keep an eye on your neighbors and co-workers as we move through the holidays.  If you are able to reach out to those who live alone, please do so.  Many will be happy just having someone to talk to.  Above all else, be sure to take care of yourselves, and please be safe out there.

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


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!!

May 1st began Law Enforcement Month.  This is the time when Officers, their family and friends gather together to remember those Law Enforcement Officers who made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting the citizens of this country.  Each state has a ceremony, and there is also a National Ceremony held at the Memorial in Washington, D.C.


As a Retired Sergeant of the San Francisco Sheriff's Department, I understand how much we think about, and treasure, our family and friends, and how important our relationships with our co-workers are to us.


On May 2nd, members of BALEAF, along with members of the San Francisco Police Officer's Association and the Chief's Office, gathered and hosted the families, friends, and co-workers of the 99 officers listed on the Memorial Wall at the Headquarters of the San Francisco Police Department.  Many of the speakers asked that we all remember the good times and the bad times and to try and find comfort in those memories.  The Officers on the Wall will never be forgotten, and will always be missed.  It is important that we remember how they lived, more than how they died.


During this month, I would encourage and challenge us all to take the time to say hello, or even just smile, to Officers who are on duty.  I remember when I was on duty, and how much it meant when people just smiled or went out of their way to say hello and to tell me to have a safe day.


I'd also like to recognize and thank my fellow Board Members at BALEAF.  Most of us are retired law enforcement officers who take time out of their busy schedules to provide assistance to Law Enforcement Officers, civilian employees, and their families.  Their unwavering commitment, continuous work, and assistance to ALL law enforcement agencies in the Bay Area is deeply appreciated!

Hello, Everyone!


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 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.

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.  


Congratulations, Fabian!

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Bay Area Law Enforcement Assistance Fund

P.O. Box 31764

San Francisco, CA 94131

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