We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy in this time of the COVID 19 virus. We wanted to let you know our plans for the rest of the year as far as our fundraising events go. Right now, the PBA Awards Dinner at Sparks Steak House in NYC has been rescheduled to October 1st. Invitations for the dinner will be mailed in July. The Saratoga Golf Tournament at Saratoga National Golf Club is set for September 22nd and the Golf Outing at Trump Ferry Point in the Bronx is set for September 29th. Invites for these 2 events will be coming out in early July. The Western NY Dinner is scheduled for October 20th at the Hyatt Regency in Rochester. We are hopeful that we will be able to hold all our fundraising events in 2020, but like everyone, we are staying flexible as circumstances develop.
Giving Tuesday Campaign
We held our GivingTuesdayNow on May 5th, which is a global day of giving and unity that was designed as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. The campaign has raised $9,000 to date and we will keep the link live to accept more donations as they come in.
The Signal 30 grants have been used to keep our front-line law enforcement heroes safe and healthy by providing them personal protective equipment, hand sanitizer, and face masks. The Signal 30 Benefit Fund will continue to support and look for opportunities to help law enforcement professionals in our communities during this unprecedented time. We thank you for your continued support of the Signal 30 Fund and your incredible generosity towards out mission.
4th ANNUAL WESTERN NY DINNER
Our 4th Annual Western NY Dinner has been rescheduled for Tuesday, October 20th at the Hyatt Regency in Rochester, NY. Former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Steve Tasker will be joining us as our keynote speaker. Please contact Susan Streb at 518-462-7448, ext. 1 for tickets and sponsorship opportunities.
Remember that you can sponsor one of our events to have it go towards fulfilling your $5,000 commitment.
New Trustees Elected at the February Board Meeting
We would like to welcome the following new Trustees that were voted on February 12th: Mike Carrube, sponsored by Gordy Warnock, Joseph Farrell, sponsored by Patrick Murphy, Louis Grassi, sponsored by Gordy Warnock, Pinchas Grunfeld, sponsored by Vinny LeVien, Gil Raviv, sponsored by Gordy Warnock, Chet Schneider sponsored by Tom Mungeer and Truman Tolefree, sponsored by Joe Comfort.
We will once again be conducting a raffle throughout the year to win a trip to the Reef at Atlantis in the Bahamas. In 2019, we were able to raise $5,600 from the raffle and hope to increase the number of tickets sold in 2020. The tickets will be for sale at all our special events throughout the year. The ticket cost is $20 and we will only sell 1,000 tickets. The trip includes a 5 Day/4 Night trip to the Reef at Atlantis in the Bahamas in an Ocean View Jr. Suite for 2 with a credit towards airfare included. A big thank you to Signal 30 Treasurer, Richard Tschernia, who donated the condo. Please let us know if you would like to buy any tickets and we can mail them to you! The drawing will be held at the Saratoga Golf Tournament on Sept. 22nd.
New in 2020-Spirits Raffle
New this year, we are conducting a Spirits Raffle where you can win two premiere bottles of limited edition spirits: one bottle of Remy Martin Louis XIII donated by Signal 30 Board Member, Vincent LeVien and one bottle of Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23 year donated by Signal 30 Treasurer, Richard Tschernia of Cross Country Mortgage. Tickets are $100 each and only 250 tickets will be sold. Tickets will be sold at all 2020 Signal 30 events and the drawing will be held at the Fall Signal 30 Board Meeting.
NYS Troopers PBA Scholarship Fund
As of April 1st, the NYS Troopers PBA Scholarship application was available on the PBA website. In 2020, we will award 24 scholarships in the amount of $4,000 for a one-time award. There will be a total of 35 scholarships available for 2020 including the following Named Scholarships: Silver Shield Foundation Scholarship-One scholarship of $5,000 for a 4-year period for a total of $20,000; In Memory of Paul Gerry-One scholarship of $2,500 for a 4-year period for a total of $10,000; The New York Centurion Foundation-Two scholarships of $4,000 for a 1-year period; The Col. David Mack Scholarship, named after Col. David Mack-One scholarship of $6,500 for a one-year period, The Sr. Investigator Raymond A. Salvie Scholarship, named after Raymond A. Salvie, a PBA member since 1954, a WWII veteran and survivor of the battle of Iwo Jima for five scholarships of $1,000 for a one-year period; In Memory of Trooper Nicholas F. Clark-One scholarship of $500 for a 1-year period, sponsored by Allegany County Deputy Sheriff’s Association
Memorial donations received in honor of Trooper Richard DePuy
Richard, “Dick” Vernon DePuy, 92, of Saranac Lake, passed away on April 6, 2020. Richard retired from the State Police in 1983 but continued to serve the community, first as a Saranac Lake village trustee, then village manager for several years. Later in retirement he again answered the call for public service by acting as the chief of police, first in Saranac Lake, then Tupper Lake. The Signal 30 is receiving memorial donations in Richard’s honor.
Sergeant Jeffry T. Edelson Memorial Scholarship
The NYS Troopers PBA, in conjunction with the Signal 30 Fund and the Edelson family, are proud to offer the Sergeant Jeffry T. Edelson Memorial Scholarship to continue his legacy. There will be 4 scholarships in the amount of $2,000 and 18 scholarships in the amount of $1,500.
10th Annual PBA Awards Dinner – Save the Date!
We have rescheduled the Sparks Dinner to Thursday, October 1st. Look for invitations to arrive in July.
11th Annual Saratoga National Golf Tournament – Save the Date!
Please join us Tuesday, September 22nd at Saratoga National to enjoy 18 holes of award-winning golf during our annual golf tournament. Remember to reserve your spot early as the event will sell out!
2nd Annual Trump Ferry Point Golf Tournament-Save the Date!
Save the date for the 2nd Annual Trump Ferry Point Golf Tournament in the Bronx on Tuesday, September 29th. The golf outing is hosted by Signal 30 Board member, Patrick Murphy and Signal 30 Trustee, Marlene Manzella. Make sure to reserve early because spots are limited.
4th Annual Trooper Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament – A Great Success!
Our 4th Annual Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament was held at the Grand Havana Room in NYC on February 20th. The night attracted 130 attendees to enjoy the poker tournament, open bar, hors d’oeuvres and great cigars. We were fortunate to have NY Knicks NBA Player, John Starks and NY Mets Hall of Famer, Doc Gooden join us for the night.