10th Annual Police Officers’ Ball fast approaching
Plans have been in the making and the date has been set for Saturday, March 28, 2015, for this year’s Treasure Coast Police Officers’ Ball. St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara is the Honorary Chairperson and “Mighty Mike” James of 104.7 The Flame will provide the entertainment just as he did 10 years ago at the first event.
This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Ball, the Fort Pierce Police Athletic League’s first major fundraiser and now one of its largest, annually. The Ball will be held at the Fort Pierce PAL Center, located at 903 S. 21st Street in Fort Pierce. The celebration kicks off at 6 p.m. with a social hour and silent auction, dinner and live auction at 7 p.m., and the rest of the night for dancing.
The Fort Pierce PAL is a nonprofit organization which exists to prevent juvenile crime and violence by providing civic, athletic, recreational, and educational opportunities to more than 700 children annually.
“PAL has been here in Fort Pierce for about 20 years, twice as long as we have been having the Ball and it is because the community cares,” said April Lee, Ball Chairperson. “From this one fundraiser, alone, we have been able to change the lives of so many children. What PAL does for the kids, it could not do without the community’s support.”
Master Officer Paul Pearson, Fort Pierce PAL Executive Director said ten years ago when the board of directors decided to have the first Ball, it was to eliminate many of the smaller fundraisers being done to help pay for expenses to run the PAL programs. The Ball was also created to help to strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and the community it is sworn to serve.
“PAL has come a long way. We have our own building. We have more PAL kids and we have more programs that we ever had before,” Pearson said. “This is a time to celebrate and we want everyone to come have a good time.”
Tickets are $100.00 for a night of music, mingling, food, and fun. The deadline to purchase tickets is Saturday, March 21, 2015. If you are unable to attend but wish to sponsor an officer or make a donation to the organization, you can stop by the Fort Pierce PAL Center, located at 903 S. 21st Street, Fort Pierce, FL 34950 or send a check made payable to the Fort Pierce PAL to: Fort Pierce PAL c/o Fort Pierce Police Department, 920 S. US Highway 1, Fort Pierce, FL 34950.