The Policemen’s Ball,
Palm Beach Police Foundation’s annual fundraiser, held at
Mar-a-Lago , drew a sellout crowd of nearly 500 supporters
and guests that included Palm Beach Police Department
officers and employees, local politicians and civic
leaders. The dinner dance and live auction, conducted by
auctioneer Bill Bone, raised more than $850,000 (gross),
breaking all previous fundraising records.
Governor Charlie Crist,
and his wife, Carole Crist, were the Honorary Chairmen.
Crist, who was unable to attend, sent a letter read by his
Special Assistant, Diego Echeverri. Eileen and Brian P.
Burns served as Executive Ball Committee Chairmen and chose
a fanciful tropical jungle décor replete with parrots – live
and mechanical, which made fetching centerpieces. Despite
the frigid temperatures, guests turned out in force. The
evening began with a tented poolside cocktail reception
where guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres to the
strains of a steel band. The guests were escorted to the
Grand Ballroom where Palm Beach Pipes and Drums played at
the entryway followed by the Presentation of the Colors by
the Palm Beach Police Department Honor Guard. The National
Anthem was performed by United We Sing and the Invocation
was given by Captain Fred Hess.
John F. Scarpa,
president of The Palm Beach Police Foundation, welcomed the
guests, acknowledged the Crists and Burns, and introduced
Kirk Blouin , Palm Beach Police Chief. Scarpa then
presented the Fourth Annual Palm Tree Award to Donald J.
Trump in recognition of his outstanding civic activity and
philanthropy. Retired District Attorney of
New York County, Robert Morganthau
paid a surprise visit and the venerable lawyer said a few
complimentary words to the crowd about Trump, the evening’s
honoree. A sumptuous dinner w as served and entertainment
provided by Soul Survivor, kept a constant crowd on the
dance floor till after midnight