New Chair 2020-2021 Year in Review

New Fiscal Year 
Welcome New Executive Board!
Michael Perlman
Chairman Elect
Steve Jensen
Nugene Harvey
William Benson
At Large
Ralph Byer
Immediate Past Chairwoman
Heather Geronemus
2020-2021 Year In Review
Fallen Heroes
Foundation Mourns Loss Of Deputy Shannon Bennett
It is with deep sadness and a heavy heart that Sheriff Gregory Tony announced the passing of veteran Deputy Shannon Bennett, who died from complications related to coronavirus (COVID-19).
The 39-year-old deputy, who worked at the Broward Sheriff’s Office for almost 13 years, died April 3. Deputy Bennett’s passing is the first COVID-19 death for BSO and believed to be the first line-of-duty COVID-19 death in Florida. A graduate of Deerfield Beach High School, Deputy Bennett joined BSO on June 6, 2007 as a detention deputy. Due to a reorganization, he became a detention technician in September 2010. After becoming cross certified, Deputy Bennett was transferred to the Department of Law Enforcement as a road patrol deputy in Pompano Beach in August 2011. The following year, he returned to the position of a detention deputy. In September 2013, he was reassigned to the Department of Law Enforcement and served as a road patrol deputy for almost six years in Lauderdale Lakes. In January 2019, Deputy Bennett was assigned to the BSO Deerfield Beach District as a school resource officer at Deerfield Beach Elementary School.

Foundation Establishes Memorial Fund For Children of BSO Communications Operator III Nikima Thompson

Communications Operator III Nikima Thompson lost her brave battle with COVID-19 on May 4. Nikima was a dedicated 16-year veteran of BSO and the first communications operator to die in the line of duty in Florida. We pay tribute to her sacrifice and honor her service to this community. She is survived by her mother, Geraldine Wilson, who is also battling COVID-19; her father, Herman Wilson; her sister, Gina Stewart; and her four children, Aran Jr., Isaiah, Justin and Heaven. Rest in peace, Nikima. You are greatly missed.
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Foundation Establishes Memorial Fund For Family of Lieutenant Aldemar Rengifo
Lt. Rengifo, 47, served BSO and the people of Broward County for more than 20 years. He joined BSO’s Department of Law Enforcement as a deputy sheriff cadet in January 2000. After working as a deputy, Lt Rengifo was promoted to sergeant on November 28, 2015 and promoted to lieutenant less than four years later on June 8, 2019. Most recently, he was assigned to the Youth and Neighborhood Services Bureau where he was overseeing the School Resource Officer Unit, Police Athletic League and police explorers. Stand with us by keeping his family, friends and the BSO community in your thoughts and prayers. To donate, click here
Crime Prevention / Civic Education
3rd Annual Broward Mental Health Summit (Overview)
3rd Annual Broward Mental Health Summit (Overview)
3rd Annual Broward Mental Health Summit Goes Virtual
The Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County’s virtual 3rd Annual BROWARD MENTAL HEALTH SUMMIT, co-presented by Memorial Healthcare System, Ultimate Software and Cigna, brought together the leading mental health providers in South Florida from county, state and federal government, private practice, non-profits, and academia to discuss and examine the current issues relating to mental health in Broward County. For more information, click here

Foundation Donates $5k To HANDY

The Sheriff’s Foundation continued its partnership with HANDY and donated $5,000 to their mentoring program. HANDY serves more than 1,200 at-risk children through comprehensive programs that focus on education, youth development and economic self-sufficiency. SFBC was honored to receive the 2021 Champion of Children Award for our partnership with HANDY over the years.

Holiday Wonderland 2020
Holiday Wonderland 2020
2020 Holiday Wonderland
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On December 15, 2020, four hundred students and families from across Broward County had the amazing opportunity to experience the Holiday Wonderland. All deserving students were selected by their School Resource Officers (SRO’s) and received $50, gifts, toiletry bags, and goodies from the Miami Heat and Panthers. We applaud the academic and personal achievements of all the students and congratulate their SRO’s for their commitment to the community they serve. The Sheriff’s Foundation is proud to fund this amazing event which strengthens the bond between our youth and law enforcement. Happy Holidays!
Foundation Sponsors 2021 Walk Like MADD
In April 2021 the Sheriff’s Foundation was a Presenting Sponsor of the 10th Annual Fort Lauderdale Walk Like MADD awareness and crime prevention event. MADD does a great job every day and we congratulate our Foundation’s Chairwoman Heather Geronemus for her leadership of MADD locally and nationally.

Sheriff’s Foundation Funds 2021 BSO LEAD Summer Camp

Earlier this year, Sheriff Gregory Tony tasked members of his command staff to develop the first ever Broward Sheriff’s Office Youth L.E.A.D. (Learning, Educating and Developing) Camp, an innovative eight-week summer program designed to help develop Broward County youth into strong, responsible and civically-engaged young adults.
“As I grew, I met officers who left a positive lasting impression on me,” Sheriff Tony said. “They were not just nameless, faceless people in uniforms responding to incidents; they were friends, mentors and leaders. These experiences prompted me to want to do the same for Broward’s youngest generation.”
BSOYLC, in partnership with the historically Black Greek letter organizations that make up the Broward County National Pan-Hellenic Council, will provide youths ages 10 to 18 with the life skills education and support network needed to reach their full potential while focusing on the following seven pillars of success:
  • Education/entrepreneurship⠀
  • Life skills⠀
  • Career development⠀
  • Financial literacy⠀
  • Community service⠀
  • Government/civic responsibility
  • Health and wellness.⠀
Meetings will be primarily held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays at the BSO Public Safety Building, and breakfast and lunch will be provided for all participants.
Honors & Awards
Heather Geronemus Recognized As 2020-2021 Board Member Of The Year
Congratulations to board member Heather Geronemus, of UKG, for her unmatched generosity and outstanding service in the Sheriff’s Foundation Board of Directors. Heather leads by example and this year served as our Chairwoman of the Board of Directors. Over the last 6 years, Heather and UKG have donated over $100,000 to our crime-prevention initiatives.
Sheriff’s Foundation Executive Director Profiled By Lifestyle Media
Grateful to Board Member Beth Tache and Lifestyle Media Group for highlighting the great work of the Sheriff’s Foundation in the Philanthropy Edition of their magazines.

Meals For First Responders A Success

We had the privilege of uniting the Broward community to fund an initiative to recognize the service of BSO first responders during the pandemic. As a result, we provided over 1,700 meals to first responders while on duty across all departments.
Sheriff’s Foundation Recognizes 2020 BSO Employees of the Year
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In May 2021 outstanding public servants were recognized for their extraordinary Service. Congratulations to the following honorees:
Detective Erica Rockey, Dept. of Law Enforcement; Deputy Eugene Smith, Dept. of Detention; Life Safety Educator Melanie Brocato, Fire Rescue; and Investigative Aid 1 Yenicey Chavez, Civilian of the Year. The Sheriff’s Foundation donated $6,000 to four local non-profits selected by the honorees.

Dowe Estate donates $258,063.00 to support BSO First Responders

The Virginia Dowe Estate honored the memory of former BSO Captain Darin Dowe with a $258,063 donation to SFBC. This is the largest private donation the Sheriff’s Foundation has ever received. 100% of these funds will benefit BSO SWAT, a team dear to Captain Dowe’s heart as he was a former BSO SWAT team member. RIP to our benefactors. For more information, Click Here
2020 Cooking with the Sheriff
2020 Cooking with the Sheriff
Virtual Cooking With Sheriff Raises Over $7,000
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The Sheriff’s Foundation raised over $7,000 at the virtual Cooking With The Sheriff featuring Chef Neil and Sous Chef Sheriff Tony. Thanks to the Jensen Family for their hospitality!
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