Police Foundation: Upcoming Activities and Events

As we roll into the final quarter of 2017, the Police Foundation still has several major activities and events scheduled before closing out a very successful year.

Youth programs in Palm Beach Gardens are a major activity of the Foundation. Besides ensuring that our Police Officers have the Equipment, Training and Technology they need to keep our City safe, we focus on community outreach and youth programs.

Building positive relationships between the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department and the community as a whole means supporting proactive and preemptive programs with not only the youth who live within the City of Palm Beach Gardens but also the thousands who come into the City each day for school, after-school and social activities.

The funding for much of our youth programs comes from our Annual Foundation Golf Tournament. Now in its 10th year, this year’s tournament will be held at the PGA National Resort on Saturday, October 28th. Played on both the Champion Course (home of the PGA TOUR’s Honda Classic) and the fabulous Fazio Course, we’ll see over 200 golfers of every level competing for numerous awards and prizes. The tournament is preceded by a wine and appetizer reception at the wonderful Brio Tuscan Grille in The Gardens Mall. The major sponsor of this year’s event is click2findLocal.com the Internet’s Local Neighborhood Yellow Page Business Listing Directory. (more Tournament information at golf.pbgpf.org)

Helping to ensure that our Officers have what they need to protect not only themselves but the community at large, the Foundation kicks off its Annual Fund-Raising Campaign at the end of November each year. Reaching out to the 30,000+ residences and businesses within the City, we are grateful of the support that is shown toward the brave men and women of our Palm Beach Gardens Police Department. Donations allow us to fund the purchase of K9 dogs, ballistic shields and vests, forensic and predictive policing software, specialized training and more. Your financial support is an Investment in a Safe City.

Continuing our focus on youth, the end of the year also brings about our Annual Foundation Holiday Joy Drive. Now in its 16th year, the Joy Drive provides gifts to local underprivileged children and families and continues our efforts to help those in need. A concerted effort of our Police Officers, Fire Fighters, city staff, volunteers and local businesses, the event reaches out to well over 1,500 children and families who are somewhat less fortunate and struggling during difficult economic times. Several locations within the City will be designated as collection points for the drop-off of gifts. Local businesses interested in partnering with the Police Foundation on this year’s event are urged to contact the Foundation office at (561) 799-4440.

The Foundation provides support for numerous community initiatives, special events, and programs that enable our Police Officers to create and sustain partnerships, promote crime prevention, and recognize outstanding service. Programs such as the Police Explorers, the K-9 Unit, the Joy Drive, the Herb and Penny Wender Scholarship and our Officers’ Tuition Reimbursement program are just a few of the areas supported by donations to the Foundation.

We all must recognize that crime prevention is a job for everyone – not just the police – and that we all have an important role to play in that effort.

Tom Murphy was elected president and CEO of the Palm Beach Gardens Police Foundation, Inc. in 2007. Before helping to form the Foundation, he was a marketing executive with the IBM Corporation and earlier a member of the Nassau County (NY) Police Department.

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