The Signal 30 Benefit Fund is proud to announce that for the fourth year in a row we have raised over $1,000,000 for our Troopers and their families. Our continued fundraising success would not be possible without the generous support provided by you, our Directors and Trustees, so thanks again for all you do. Specifically, our fundraising events raised approximately $600,000, with the remainder of the money coming from online donations, funds designated for Troopers, Director and Trustee contributions, 3rd party events and Troopers designating donations to the Signal 30 Benefit Fund through their paychecks. With your help, we look forward to an even bigger and better year in 2018!!!!
2017 Year in Review
In 2017, we proudly assisted NYS Troopers and their families in need by providing funds for medical treatments not covered by medical insurance, travel expenses to seek medical treatment away from their homes, and other expenses that arose due to many unforeseen circumstances.
During the past year, the Signal 30 Benefit Fund assisted Troopers and their families with emergency bills amounting to $118,000. The reasons for these grants were family illnesses, medical procedures not covered by insurance and loss of property. The Signal 30 Fund has participated in various fundraising events over the course of the year totaling $127,000 in donations to other charities to assist our fellow law enforcement members.
Another important goal of the Signal 30 Fund is to provide support to the families of Troopers who have died either on duty or off duty. In furtherance of this goal, we paid $46,000 to the families of our members who passed away in 2017 to assist with funeral and burial costs.
In total the Signal 30 Benefit Fund distributed $314,305 to date during the 2017 calendar year.
We are saddened to report that The New York State Troopers PBA incurred two line of duty deaths this year. Four year veteran, Trooper Joel Davis passed away on July 9, 2017. He was a Jefferson County Sheriff for 10 years until attending the New York State Police Academy on November 26, 2012. He graduated from the Academy in May of 2013. Joel was stationed at the Philadelphia satellite at the time of his passing. The Signal 30 Benefit Fund is collecting donations to go directly to his family that he left behind.
On March 13, 2017, Trooper Brian S. Falb died from cancer stemming from his assignment to the World Trade Center Site, following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. In response to the events of 9/11, Trooper Falb was assigned to aid with the search and recovery efforts in New York City, as part of the New York State Police Detail. He entered the State Police on May 4, 1998 and served the Division for 19 years. He was last assigned to the New York State Police – Troop B TIM (Traffic Incident Management) Unit. He is survived by his wife, their children and his mother. Thank you for all your support for the families-we are truly blessed to have such strong support for the families at this very difficult time.
Saratoga Golf Tournament a Huge Success
The 8th Annual Golf Tournament held on Sept. 18th at Saratoga National Golf Club was a huge success! For the second year in a row, we were able to accommodate all who wanted to play by adding a full morning session. All the golfers enjoyed the course, the food provided by Angelo Mazzone, the beer provided by Heineken and all the great raffle prizes.
We would like to thank our sponsors that helped us make this a record breaking year: Title Sponsor -DeCrescente Distributing Company, Ryder Cup Sponsors: Sanford Family Financial of Raymond James and RES Exhibits. Masters Sponsors – Law Firm of Alex Dell, LVW Advisors, Admar Supply Co., Evolution Concrete Pumping, Hurlbut Care Communities, Keith Jones, Local Union 15, Maxwell Murphy Attorneys at Law, Northwestern Mutual-David Plagenza and Robert Leary. US Open Sponsors: BBL Construction, MetLife, Merrill Lynch-Mark Eidlin, State Troopers NCO Assoc. of New Jersey and Wilmorite Corp. PGA Sponsors: Universal Enterprises, Suffolk Co. AME, Pitta, LLP, PKF O’Connor Davies, Monticello Motor Club and ATU Local 726. And thank you to all of our tee sponsors as well. Thanks to the continued support of all our sponsors and attendees, the event raised almost $200,000. Remember to mark your calendars for next year for Monday, Sept. 17th, 2018. Save the date and be sure to register early!!!
New Trustees Elected at the October Board Meeting
Congratulations to the following Trustees who were elected at the October 18th Board meeting. We look forward to them joining the Signal 30 Benefit Fund: David Christa, Joel DiMarco, John DiMarco II, Michael Doniger, James Fallon, Dov Horowitz, Peter Mendick, David Rabinowitz and Arturo Torres.
Social Media Sites Have Been Launched
We now have a Facebook page, Instagram account and a Twitter page!!! We are excited to be able to communicate about the great things the Signal 30 Benefit Fund is doing to help Troopers and their families Please visit:
Twitter – @signalfund
Instagram – signal30fund
Facebook – The Signal30 Benefit Fund
We will once again be conducting a raffle throughout the year to win a trip to the Reef at Atlantis in the Bahamas. In 2017, we were able to raise $6,800 from the raffle and hope to increase the number of tickets sold in 2018. The tickets will be for sale at all our special events throughout the year. The ticket cost is $20 and we will only sell 1000 tickets. The trip includes a 4 Day/3 Night trip to the Reef at Atlantis in the Bahamas in an Ocean View Jr. Suite for 2 with round trip airfare from NYC included. A big thank you to Richard Tschernia, Signal 30 Treasurer and Freedom Mortgage, who donated the condo. Please let us know if you would like to buy some tickets! The drawing will be held at the Saratoga Golf Tournament on Sept. 17, 2018!
NYS Troopers PBA Scholarship Fund
This year, The NYS Troopers PBA Scholarship Fund recieved 69 applications. We awarded 28 scholarships: a $5,000 Silver Shield Foundation, a $1,000 Diana Brin Scholarship, a $1,000 Community Resource Credit Union and 25 PBA scholarships. The Scholarship application will be on the PBA website on April, 2018 and the deadline is June 15, 2018.
Sgt. Jeffry T. Edelson Memorial Scholarship
This year, 28 applications were received and The Edelson Family awarded 15 $1,500 scholarships. They also awarded 2 additional $1,000 scholarships to 2016 recipients who updated the family on their progress in school.
Our First Annual Cigar Night was held on October 17th at the Grand Havana Room in NYC. Signal 30 Board members, Vincent LeVien and Harry Jeremias were the sponsors for the night. The night included open bar, hors d’oeuvres and cigars. The event was held to thank some of our Signal 30 longtime supporters and the evening was a great success. Trustees, Eric Trump and Donald Trump, Jr. stopped by the event and visited with our members and guests. We hope to do another Cigar Night next year as a fundraiser so look for information to come soon! Thanks again to Vinny and Harry!
Corporate Program for 2018
As we have discussed at past board meetings, one of our long-term strategic goals is to expand our corporate sponsorship to further grow our fundraising efforts beyond our existing events and to facilitate the development of additional relationships and networking opportunities for the Signal 30 in the business community. In support of this effort, we are asking our current Directors and Trustees for assistance in identifying prospective companies that you think might be interested in participating as a corporate partner with the Signal 30 Benefit Fund in this important initiative. If you have any suggestions or ideas, please contact Susan, Ross or Gordy as soon as possible. Regarding any prospective corporate participants, we are happy to handle all follow up efforts with respect to those potential partners according to your guidance and suggestions. Thanks again!
Casino Night Announcement
The Casino Night event has been a huge success over the past 8 years and we thank you if you were a supporter of this event. However, after careful consideration, the Signal 30 Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel future Casino Night events and instead explore other fundraising efforts. This decision is certainly not due to a lack of success for this event, but instead more the result of scheduling and logistics issues.