2017 Law & Order Ball Officer of the Year Finalists Announced

Posted on Aug 11, 2017

(L-R) Finalists Cpl. Bobby Hunter, Deputy Jen Gaytan, Sgt. Josh Quaintance, Capt. Chris Reeves, all of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office

Five local law enforcement officers have been announced as the finalists for Officer of the Year for the 2017 Law & Order Ball, hosted by the Rotary Club of Fort Myers South on September 16th at Germain Arena. The five final officers have demonstrated exemplary conduct and achievements and had a significant impact on their agency and/or area of responsibility.

The 2017 Law & Order Ball Officer of the Year finalists are:

  • Deputy Jennifer Gaytan, Lee County Sheriff’s Office
  • Corporal Bobby Hunter, Lee County Sherriff’s Office
  • Sergeant Josh Quaintance, Lee County Sheriff’s Office
  • Captain Christopher Reeves, Lee County Sheriff’s Office
  • Master Officer Melissa Duncan, Lee County Port Authority Police Department

Finalist Master Officer Melissa Duncan, Lee County Port Authority Police Department

The finalists are chosen through a blind judging process from the following agencies: Cape Coral Police Department, Florida Southwestern State College Police Department, Florida Gulf Coast University Police Department, Fort Myers Police Department, Lee County Port Authority Police, Lee County Sheriff’s Office and Sanibel Police Department. One officer will be announced as the prestigious Officer of the Year at the Ball, where they will receive a custom award designed by fine jeweler and Rotarian, Mark Loren.

The Law & Order Ball will take place on Saturday, September 16, 2017, at Germain Arena (11000 Everblades Pkwy, Estero, FL 33928) at 6 pm. Paying tribute to Lee County law enforcement officers, the event honors an “Officer of the Year” and raises funds to support local Law Enforcement Youth Programs and the Fort Myers Rotary South Foundation, a fund that distributes monies raised by the Fort Myers Rotary South to local non-profits and law enforcement agencies.

Jeweler Mark Loren presenting to Cpl. Hunter

Tickets are $175 each or $1,400 for a table of 8. Both are available online at LawAndOrderBall.org. Attendees may also “Fund-A-Cop” by purchasing a special ticket that will sponsor an officer to attend. The black-tie optional gala is open to the public and includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a formal dinner, entertainment, silent and live auctions, raffles, and even more surprises such as a wine pull and a balloon pop! A portion of funds raised at the event will be distributed among the honored agencies for their youth programs.

Creighton Construction and Development has returned as the Law & Order Ball’s presenting sponsor. Additional sponsors include: LeeSar, Survival Armor, Inc., CTN-10, Florida Weekly, Edison National Bank, Galloway Family of Dealerships, Mark Loren Designs, Rapid Print, WINK News, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Myers Police Department, The Eventful Company, Armor Correctional Health, Enterprise Holdings, Gulf Coast Coin & Jewelry, Siesta Pebble, Red Roof Inn, Henderson Franklin Starnes & Holt, Suncoast Credit Union, Aubuchon Team of Companies, Maureen Grabowski, LCEC, BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company, Finemark Bank, Florida Gulf Coast University, Blue Chip Financial, HBKS Wealth Advisors, Millennium Physician Group, Southwest Florida Public Service Academy, Tech-Tronics Productions, Suncoast Beverage, Park Royal Hospital, Conric PR & Marketing, Markham, Norton, Mosteller Wright & Company, Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, Ensite, Priority Business Systems, Coca-Cola Beverages Florida, Old Sparky, and Pushing the Envelope.

For more information, contact Lori Cook North at lori@eventfulinc.com.

About Rotary Club of Fort Myers South

Rotary Club of Fort Myers South has more than 150 members, who are among the 1.3 million Rotarians worldwide. “Service Above Self” is the motto of Rotary International, which has contributed more than $1.2 billion and tens of thousands of volunteer hours toward polio eradication, in addition to projects such as water quality, world peace, and literacy. Meetings are held each Monday at noon at the Crowne Plaza, 13051 Bell Tower Drive. For more information, visit www.rotarysouth.org.