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

Posted on Aug 31, 2017

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 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