The Signal 30 Benefit Fund is proud to announce that for the fifth year in a row we have raised over $1,000,000. We are on target to raise $1,600,000 for 2018 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 $643,200, 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 2019!!!!
2018 Year in Review
In 2018, 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 $297,051. 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 $182,978 in donations to other charities to assist our fellow law enforcement agencies.
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 $46,733 to the families of our members who passed away in 2018 to assist with funeral and burial costs.
In total the Signal 30 Benefit Fund distributed $526,762 to date during the 2018 calendar year.
Troopers we lost in 2018
We are saddened to report that The New York State Troopers PBA lost four Troopers in 2018. On January 2, retired Trooper Michael J. Anson passed away from a 9/11 –related illness; on June 9, retired Sgt./SC Charles R. Salaway passed away from a 9/11-related illness, on July 2, Trooper Nicholas F. Clark was shot and killed in the line of duty by a suicidal man and Trooper Jeremy J. VanNostrand died from injuries sustained in a multi-vehicle accident on November 27. 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 9th Annual Signal 30 Benefit Fund Golf Tournament held on Sept. 17th at Saratoga National Golf Club was a huge success! We had 185 golfers who enjoyed the course, the food provided by Angelo Mazzone, the beverages provided by DeCrescente Distributing Co. and Heineken and all the great raffle prizes. The Travis Mathew party bus was on hand for golfers to pick out their apparel for the tournament and offered lots of fun games and activities. We also had comedian Vic Dibitetto from Brooklyn entertain the crowd at dinner and he was a big hit.
We would like to thank our sponsors that helped us make this a record breaking year: Title Sponsor: DeCrescente Distributing Co., Ryder Cup Sponsor: Sanford Family Financial of Raymond James; Masters Sponsor: Admar Supply Co.; US Open Sponsors: Law Firm of Alex Dell, LVW Advisors, Evolution Concrete Pumping, Keith Jones, Big Top Tent Rental, BBL Construction Services, DePaula Auto Group, Fred’s Tents & Canopies, RES Exhibit Services, PBA NYC, Suffolk County AME, The Pike Company, Hurlbut Care Communities, Wilmorite Corp. and Local Union 15. We also thank all of our tee sign sponsors as well. Thanks to the continued support of all our sponsors and attendees, the event raised $210,000. Remember to mark your calendars for next year for Monday, Sept. 9th, 2019. 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 30th Board meeting. We look forward to them joining the Signal 30 Benefit Fund: Justin Copie, Lou Giaquinto, Paul Lynch, Frank Marzano, Robert McBride, Thomas Restino and William Goodrich.
We will once again be conducting a raffle throughout the year to win a trip to the Reef at Atlantis in the Bahamas. In 2018, we were able to raise $5,640 from the raffle and hope to increase the number of tickets sold in 2019. 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 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. 9, 2019!
NYS Troopers PBA Scholarship Fund
This year, The NYS Troopers PBA Scholarship Fund received 103 applications. We awarded 29 scholarships: Two-$5,000 Silver Shield Foundation Scholarships, One IMO Paul Gerry Scholarship, One IMO Stoneman Douglas Coaches Scholarship and 25 PBA scholarships. The Scholarship application will be available on the PBA website on April 1, 2019 and the deadline will be June 15, 2019. The Sgt. Jeffry T. Edelson memorial Scholarship received 48 applications and The Edelson Family awarded 22 scholarships for $1,500 each.
Trooper Hold ‘Em Tournament and Cigar Night
New in 2019, the Signal 30 Benefit Fund will be hosting a Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament with a cigar tasting on February 21st, 2019 at the Grand Havana Room in NYC. Thanks to Trustee Vincent LeVien for hosting us. The invitations will be mailed in early January and there will be a limit of 100 players. We will have 2 prices to attend the event-a fee for participating in the poker tournament and a non-participant fee which will include a buffet dinner and a silent auction. Look for your invitation to arrive in the mail with all the details in early January.
3rd Annual Western New York Dinner April 25, 2019
We will be hosting our 3rd Annual Western New York Dinner in Rochester, NY at the Hyatt Regency Rochester on April 25, 2019. Last year, Jim Boeheim was our Keynote Speaker and over 250 people attended the dinner. Signal 30 trustee AJ Nassar was honored for his fundraising campaign he conducted for the Signal 30 Fund. Mark your calendars and we will keep you posted on who the Keynote Speaker will be.