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Law and Order Ball Funds to Support Additional High-Risk Training for Lee County Officers

Posted on Aug 31, 2017

Law and Order Ball Funds to Support Additional High-Risk Training for Lee County Officers

Rotary Club of Fort Myers South to Present Funds to Help Procure Lifesaving Tactical Training and Equipment for Law Enforcement Officers The Rotary Club of Fort Myers South is honored to announce that the Fund-A-Need Initiative for 2017, in conjunction with the 2017 Law & Order Ball, will provide funds to local law enforcement for continued high-risk and high liability training, as well as gear to assist in potentially dangerous situations. “As law enforcement agencies around the country, we’re running into a lot of things that we’re not used to seeing, situations that just aren’t the norm,” says Colonel Thomas W. Ellegood with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. “Officer-involved shootings, high liability mass shootings, school shootings, things of that nature, that require special training and special equipment to effectively be able to respond and be able to bring that to a positive closure. The Rotary Club of Fort Myers South is providing assistance with funds to each department to use to most effectively suit their needs, putting the dollars to the best use.” As each Lee County law enforcement agency has a different set of needs, the Agencies have identified several items that would assist in keeping the public and the officers safe. Items such as tactical helmets, shields, and body armor and vests, training mats, driving simulation training, Shooter Simulation training and AEDs (automated external defibrillator) were identified by the departments as areas of need. In 2016, Fund-A-Need raised helped secure 482 life-saving tactical trauma kits for officer vehicles to achieve goals set forth by the Stop the Bleed Coalition initiative, empowering law enforcement officers to be able to take life-saving steps until additional help arrives. The 4th Annual Law & Order Ball takes place Saturday, September 16, 2017, at Germain Arena at 6​ ​pm. Tickets are sold out, however, those who wish to donate to the Fund-A-Need Initiative can do so by clicking here. ​Proceeds from the evening are directed to the Rotary Club of Fort Myers South Foundation, which benefits law enforcement youth programs and many other community projects. The following Lee County law enforcement agencies are beneficiaries of Rotary​ ​Club of Fort Myers South’s fundraising through the Law & Order Ball: Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Myers Police Department, Cape Coral Police Department, Sanibel Police Department, Florida Gulf Coast University Police Department, Florida SouthWestern State College Police Department and Lee County Port Authority Police. 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, Millennium Physician Group, The Eventful Company, Carter-Prichett Advertising Incorporated, Enterprise Holdings, Armor Correctional Health, Gulf Coast Coin & Jewelry, Ensite, Henderson, Franklin Attorneys at Law, HBKS Wealth Advisors, Red Roof Inn, Priority Business Solutions, Siesta Pebble, Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, Southwest Florida Public Service Academy, Suncoast Beverages, Suncoast Credit Union, The Shoot Center, Aubuchon Team of Companies, BB&T – Oswald Trippe & Co., Blue Chip Financial, Coca-Cola Beverages Florida, Conric PR & Marketing, Finemark Bank, City of Fort Myers, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers Police Department, LCEC, Markham Norton Mosteller & Wright, Maureen Grabowski, Interior Plantscapes,​ ​Old Sparky Productions, Inc., Owen Ames Kimball Company, Park Royal Hospital and Pushing the Envelope. 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...

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2017 Law & Order Ball Officer of the Year Finalists Announced

Posted on Aug 11, 2017

2017 Law & Order Ball Officer of the Year Finalists Announced

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 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. 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...

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Officer of the Year Nominees Announced for 2017 Law and Order Ball

Posted on Aug 1, 2017

Officer of the Year Nominees Announced for 2017 Law and Order Ball

Sept. 16 Gala to Honor Local Law Heroes, Support Local Youth Programs and Rotary Club of Fort Myers South Foundation The Rotary Club of Fort Myers South is excited to announce the nominees for Officer of the Year for the 2017 Law & Order Ball. The Officer of the Year will be chosen from the following nominees: Detective Kurt Grau, Cape Coral Police Department Detective John Howes, Cape Coral Police Department Officer Kelsey Evenson, Ft. Myers Police Department Sergeant Heidi Blake, Florida Gulf Coast University Police Department Master Officer Melissa Duncan, Lee County Port Authority Captain Christopher Reeves, Lee County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jennifer Gaytan, Lee County Sheriff’s Office Corporal Bobby Hunter, Lee County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Josh Quaintance, Lee County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Mike Truscott, Lee County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Jared Ciccone, Sanibel Police Department Sergeant Christopher Dowaliby, Sanibel Police Department Sergeant Chad Maik, Sanibel Police Department Nominees were selected from the following Lee County agencies: Cape Coral Police Department, Florida Gulf Coast University Police Department, Florida Southwestern State College Police Department, Fort Myers Police Department, Lee County Port Authority Police, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, and Sanibel Police Department. Five finalists will be announced before the event and 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. Tickets are $175 each or $1,400 for a table of 8. Click here to purchase tickets. 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, 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, 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...

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Tickets on Sale for 2017 Law and Order Ball

Posted on Jul 25, 2017

Tickets on Sale for 2017 Law and Order Ball

Rotary Club of Fort Myers South to host gala Sept. 16 to honor local law enforcement, support local youth programs Tickets are now on sale for the 2017 Law & Order Ball, presented by the Rotary Club of Fort Myers South. Now in its fourth year, this esteemed event pays tribute to Lee County law enforcement officers, honors an “Officer of the Year,” and raises funds to support local Law Enforcement Youth Programs and the Fort Myers Rotary South Foundation. Click here to purchase tickets. The gala takes place Saturday, September 16, 2017 at the Germain Arena (11000 Everblades Pkwy, Estero, FL 33928) at 6 pm and honors law enforcement officers from the following local agencies: Cape Coral Police Department, Florida Gulf Coast University Police Department, Florida Southwestern State College Police Department, Fort Myers Police Department, Lee County Port Authority Police, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, and Sanibel Police Department. Agencies nominated up to five officers for the prestigious “Officer of the Year” award. The selected “Officer of the Year” will receive a custom award designed by fine jeweler and Rotarian, Mark Loren. Tickets to the festive evening are $175 each​ ​and​ ​a table of 8 is $1,400.​ ​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​ ​w​​ine​ ​pull and a balloon pop! The event is designed to honor local law enforcement agencies and raise money for the many community projects and nonprofits that the Rotary Club of Fort Myers South supports. A portion of funds raised at the event will be distributed among the honored agencies for their youth programs. It’s sure to be a night filled with excitement and surprises. 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, 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, Florida Weekly, HBKS Wealth Advisors, 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...

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2016 Officer of the Year and Finalist Video Profiles

Posted on Dec 21, 2016

2016 Officer of the Year and Finalist Video Profiles

Videos courtesy of Waterman Broadcasting/NBC-2 2016 Officer of the Year:  Sergeant Matt Chitwood, Lee County Sheriff’s Office 2016 Finalist: Detective Michael Cahill, Lee County Sheriff’s Office 2016 Finalist: Deputy First Class Jarrod Cantrell, Lee County Sheriff’s Office 2016 Finalist: Sergeant Jon Kulko, Cape Coral Police Department 2016 Finalist: Officer Cassie McHale, Fort Myers Police Department...

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CTN10TV features Law and Order Ball

Posted on Aug 31, 2016

CTN10TV features Law and Order Ball

This week, CTN10TV in Lee County, Florida featured interviews of Rotary Club of Fort Myers South members Pam Morrison and Roger Mercado regarding the annual Law and Order Ball, set for it’s third annual gala on September 17, 2016 at Germain Arena.  The interview also included segments profiling local law enforcement agencies and the finalists for the Officer of the Year award.  Rotary South thanks CTN10TV and all the sponsors and volunteers for their support of this endeavor. Watch the entire program...

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