Law enforcement heroes to be honored at gala awards evening on September 19
Rotary Club of Fort Myers South is pleased to announce the five finalists for Officer of the Year from six local law enforcement agencies. These finalists will be honored at the Law and Order Ball at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 19 at Harborside Event Center in downtown Fort Myers.
In a blind judging process, a committee made up of Rotary Club members and business leaders selected the following finalists from nominees chosen by their respective agencies: from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office – Staff Officer Darryl Aubuchon, Deputy Chris Meyer and Deputy Michael Zazwirsky; from the Fort Myers Police Department – Officer David Conticelli; and from the Cape Coral Police Department – Detective Patricia Enterline. One special hero will be awarded and receive a custom designed piece by Rotarian Mark Loren of Mark Loren Designs.
The Selection Committee includes Rotarians Rebecca Goff, Gerry Poppe, Jeff Kircher, and Steve Russell; Cliff Smith, CEO, United Way of Lee, Charlotte, Hendry & Glades Counties; Jennifer Powers Adkins, VP, Finance & Treasurer, Chico’s and retired law enforcement officer Stephanie Nygaard.
Nominees for “Officer of the Year” were selected based on their consistency in going above and beyond the call of duty, the totality of their contribution to the agency and/or community throughout the year, their service as a role model to others and other extraordinary actions.
Our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to protect Southwest Florida, and our community can show their appreciation by underwriting the cost of law enforcement tickets through the Fund-A-Cop program. Tickets are $150 per person and $1,200 for a table of eight. To purchase tickets for your party or for officers through the Fund-A-Cop opportunity, visit www.lawandorderball.org.
Creighton Construction & Development along with Ada’s Natural Market graciously returns as the Title Sponsor for the Law and Order Ball. This gala event includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a sumptuous dinner, a silent and live auction, entertainment and some very special surprises. All proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Fort Myers South Foundation and Lee County law enforcement youth programs.
Rotary Club of Fort Myers South is also grateful to these generous sponsors: LeeSar, Survival Armor, The Fort Myers News-Press, Edison National Bank, CONRIC PR & Marketing | Publishing, The Eventful Company, Enterprise Holdings, NBC-2, Siesta Pebble Inc., Haven, CFS Roofing, FineMark Bank, Florida Gulf Coast University, HBKS Wealth Advisors, The Huff Insurance Agency, Jason’s Deli, Kagan Law Firm, Mark Loren Designs, Rapid Print, Southern Wine and Spirits, TOTI Media, UBS, and Wicked Dolphin.
The inaugural Law and Order Ball, held in October of 2014, drew more than 400 local dignitaries, law enforcement representatives, business owners and residents, and raised $84,000. Many levels of sponsorship opportunities are available, with major sponsors being honored at a special VIP reception.
Rotary Club of Fort Myers South
Rotary Club of Fort Myers South has more than 140 members who are among the 1.3 million Rotarians worldwide. Service Above Self is the motto of Rotary International, which has contributed more than $1.2 billion and tens of thousands of volunteer hours toward polio eradication in addition to projects such as water quality, world peace and literacy. Meetings are held each Monday at 12:00 PM at the Crowne Plaza, 13051 Bell Tower Drive. For more information, visit www.rotarysouth.org.