SFBC First Annual Golf Classic

SFBC Golf Tournament Our Town 9334 H CropOur Town News is teaming up with ClubLink to create a new fundraising golf event to benefit the Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County.  On Sunday, May 4th golfers will gather at Cypress Championship Course for an afternoon of golf.  “There’s nothing better than getting a foursome together, heading out to the course, and spending a great afternoon with friends,” said David E. Jelonek, Marketing Director of Our Town News.  “Add to that, the fact that the event will benefit the Sheriff’s Foundation and played on one of ClubLink’s premier golf courses, it’ just an unbeatable combination.”

Check-In will be at 11:15 a.m., with range balls and practice facilities available, which is included in the registration fee.  Start time will be 1:00 p.m. SHARP.  “Immediately following the tournament, an awards ceremony will feature an Italian Buffet, along with an auction and raffle,” said Jim Greene, Regional Director/Sales & Marketing for the Florida Region of ClubLink US Corporation.  “Cypress Course was renovated in 2012 with brand new tif eagle greens and the response from golfers since has been phenomenal,” Greene added.  The entry fee includes golf, cart, buffet, drink tickets, goody bag, contest holes and awards. Individual Golfer is $100 with Foursome at $375.00

Our Town News, a staple in the community for more than 17 years, provides pertinent information that relates to their readers. “Our goal is to partner with businesses by adding that personal touch and to support organizations like the Sheriff’s Foundation,” said Deanna Jones, Our Town General Manager.  “We are on a growth trajectory and will be adding new publications to reach even greater areas of South Florida.”

The Cypress Championship Course is at 3701 Oaks Clubhouse Drive in Pompano Beach.  For information, call Brian Weidenbacher at (954) 579-9495 or Drew Romanovitz at (954) 467-1962.

SFBC Hosted Sheriff Scott Israel’s BSO Employee Appreciation Picnic

Hundreds of employees of the Broward Sheriff’s Office and their immediate families converged on Robbins Park in Davie recently for Sheriff Scott Israel’s BSO Employee Appreciation Picnic… It was a picture-perfect day, which helped insure a truly memorable event for adults and children!  The  picnic was hosted by the Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County!

“It was obvious that everyone was having a grand time, being with colleagues and family members in what can only be described as an old-fashioned, home style picnic,” said Drew Romanovitz, Board Chair of the Sheriff’s Foundation..  There was great food, six bounce houses, a hay-ride wagon, paintball, a petting farm and numerous demonstrations, such as the K9 and ERT demonstrations.  One of the most popular booths was the Dunk Tank, where people had the opportunity to dunk their favorite firefighter or BSO deputy in a water tank. The pulsating music, mixed by a very talented DJ, kept the energy going and laughter filled the air!”

The event was made possible by more than a dozen sponsors and underwriters, including MetLife, Anidjar & Levine, Broward Health, Festival Flea Market, Teamsters Local 769, Forts, BX Burger Zone, Air Innovations, Rejuvenate and Rick Case.  The food was catered by DelVecchio’s Restaurant.

Sheriff Israel told his staff how much he appreciated them… and all they do.  Midway during the picnic, Drew Romanovitz along with the Sheriff and Ira Goldberg presented special awards of appreciation to the sponsors. These included MetLife, Anidjar & Levine, BX Burger Zone, DelVecchios Pizzeria, Broward Health, Air Innovations, Festival Flea Market, Rejuvenate, Forts, Teamsters Local 769 and Rick Case.

Special thanks were extended to Captain Ira Goldberg, who was in charge of organizing the BSO Employee family picnic. He worked along with some BSO employees Stephen Greenberger, Norma McGraw, Karla Sobenes-Desme and Captain Jan Jordan to name but a few, who helped insure the success of the event.

Photography by Kevin Lane.

Year End Festivities

A Sheriff's Foundation Year End Dinner #1On Tuesday December 17, 2013 the Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County celebrated their Year End festivities at the Trata Greek Tavernier in Las Olas Florida.  The Sheriff’s Foundation Board of Directors enjoyed a great menu selection the great owner at the Trata Greek Tavernier.  Selections included fillet Mignon, Lamb Chops, Trata Signature Style Shrimp, and Scallops Sautéed.

Sheriff Scott Israel and his lovely wife Susan joined the Sheriff’s Foundation Board of Directors wishing them a great New Year for 2014.  The Sheriff’s Foundation is a 501C3 and is a separate organization from the Sheriff’s Office.  The Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County was established in 1999 and has been an instrumental partner with the Broward Sheriff’s Office and as well other community based organization address issues out of the scope of law enforcement.

Sheriff Scott Israel Was Special Guest At Winterfest Boat Parade Party

A SFBC Winterfest Boat Parade #1You’d be hard pressed to have found a better place to watch the Winterfest Boat Parade than at the historic Needham Estate, built in 1925 along the banks of the New River and designed by famed architect Francis Abreau.  Guests were dazzled by the elaborate and festive holiday decorations both inside and outside.  The two-story Needham Estate is the current home of the Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward’s Board Chair, Drew Romanovitz and his wife Sandy.  This year, Drew and Sandy opened their home to the Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County for a Winterfest themed “Friendraiser”.

In addition to members of the Sheriff’s Foundation, Drew and Sandy invited members of the Royal Dames and Royal Knights of Cancer Research, an organization they are both active in.

Soon after the last boat glided by, Sheriff Scott Israel arrive after having been one of the Boat Parade judges at the nearby Riverside Hotel.  He and his wife Susan spent the next hour enjoying visiting with those in attendance.

BSO’s Annual Shop with the Sheriff

On December 13, 2013, Sheriff Scott Israel had the privilege of participating in BSO’s annual ‘Shop with the Sheriff’ event that took place at Wal-Mart inLauderdale Lakes. Less fortunate children from all across Broward County were treated to a special shopping spree to buy gifts for their friends and families. Sheriff Israel added, “It was truly heartwarming to see the smiles on these children’s faces. I want to thank the Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County for sponsoring this wonderful event. Each year, the Youth and Neighborhood Services Division and our School Resource Deputies do an outstanding job on this event. Their work ensures the holidays are a joyous time for those who may be less fortunate than others”.

Photo: Junior Augustave, 13, a 7th grader at Lauderdale Lakes Middle. (photo by Susan Stocker /Sun-Sentinel)

SFBC Purchased a B.E.A.R.C.A.T. Vehicle

bearcatThe Board recently approved the purchase of the Lenco Ballistic Engineered Armored Response (B.E.A.R.C.A.T.) vehicle, at a cost of $303,454.00,  A few days ago, the Board attended a ceremony where we turned over the keys to the vehicle, which will be used by the SWAT Team to respond to the most dangerous calls for services throughout the County.  It was one of close to a dozen contributions we made in 2013.

In the photograph: Robert Pusins-Executive Director Dept. Community Services, Captain Edward Grant, Nelson Velez –BSO Community Affairs Liaison, Nugene Harvey Jr (behind Nelson), Ken Haiko, Drew Romanovitz, Chairman of the Foundation, Ralph Page, Frank Krauser (Behind Ralph), Alan Levy, Ted Adcock (behind Alan), Juan Carlos Arias, Milton Jones (behind Juan Carlos), Major DiMaggio, Deputy James Engle. (Photo by Kevin Lane)

An Evening With Sheriff Scott Israel Fundraiser

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When guests arrived at the NYY Steak House Legends Lounge in the Coconut Creek Casino, they were greeted by Drew Romanovitz, Chair of the Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County and his wife Sandy.  They were then treated to cocktails and passed hors d’ oeuvres and socializing with Sheriff Scott Israel, members of the Foundation and special guests.  The evening was a fundraiser for the Foundation, raising close to $20,000, thanks in part to Howard Finkelstein who conducted the lively live auction!

Special thanks to live auction high bidders for “A Day With the Sheriff” and “Day with A Firefighter”, Trish Halliday, guest of Regent Bank and Juliet Roulhac of Florida Power & Light.  Special thanks were extended to Dr. R. William Henkel, The New York Yankee Steakhouse Legends Lounge, Sorrisi Restaurant and the Coconut Creek Casino for underwriting the entire event.

SFBC Presents Check to Handy

2013_SFBC_HANDY-5The Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County presented a check today for the amount of $10,000.00 to HANDY whose mission is to Help Abused Neglected Disadvantaged Youth. These funds will go a long way to support the HANDY mission to embrace, educate, and empower vulnerable youth to become engaged and productive adults. The check was presented by the chair of the Sheriff’s Drew Romanovitz to Elizabeth Bryan, Kirk Brown, Barbara Barnett of HANDY.

Second Annual Sheriff’s Cup Golf Tournament

Winners of "the Cup" from the Department of Fire AdministrationOn May 6th, the Broward Sheriff’s Office hosted the Second Annual Sheriff’s Cup Golf Tournament at the Weston Hills Country Club. Expanding participation from last year, the two course tournament, consisting of 220 players, was well underway by the early morning hours. With picture perfect weather and a day of excitement ahead, golfers loaded their carts and were ready to tee off. An enjoyable round of golf and exciting on course activities brought the competitive edge out in most golfers. From the Putting Contest to the Big Break Glass Break and on to the RE/MAX Long Drive competition, the common comment from golfers was they “felt like they were playing in a professional tournament.”

The purpose of the tournament is to promote the Three C’s; camaraderie, competition and charity. Overall, the tournament was a huge success raising more than $30,000 for the Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County. Most importantly, money raised from the tournament will benefit local charities in our community.   The 2014 BSO/Sheriff’s Foundation Weston Tournament is scheduled for April 28, 2014.