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

Posted on Aug 1, 2017

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

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