Over 320 guests attended the Boca Raton Police Foundation’s 2nd Annual Call for Backup Party on January 11th, supporting the Boca Raton Police Services Department. The event was held at the home of Jennifer and Marc Bell and more than $68,000 was raised for the Foundation.

 The spectacular event featured exhibitions by the K9 Unit and Bomb Squad robots as well as tours of the Mobile Command Unit, Bomb Truck and a Motorcycle Unit.  The highlight of the evening was when Board Chairman, Marc Bell, auctioned off the chance to see Chief Dan Alexander take part in a bite demonstration with K9 officer, Faro –all in the name of fundraising. As a former K9 handler, Chief Alexander was ready, willing and able to take a bite for the cause.

“It was great to see everyone come together to celebrate our officers and the impact we all collectively have on our community’s safety. Funds raised will enhance equipment, training and technology to impact officer readiness and enhance our quality of life,” says Debbie Levine, Boca Raton Police Foundation Executive Director.

The Call for Backup Party was sponsored by TherapeuticsMD, DxWeb, Gary Peters Family Foundation, Rachel & Robert Lenner, Svetlana & Lev Parnas, CenterState Bank, NCCI, First Republic Bank, Jeff Hollander, Madeline & Wes Finch, Jill & Craig Fox, Aragon Ventures, Inc., SaferWatch, The Gardens Cemetery and Memorial Chapel, The Reid Family,  Dr. Howard Cohan and Farfromboring Promotional Products.

Thank you to the following businesses and friends who graciously donated items to our silent auction:  Boca Raton Resort & Club, Mandarin Oriental Miami, Gregory’s Fine Jewelry, Jill & Stu Siegel, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, Wyndham Boca Raton, Boca West Country Club, Duch Designs, Wyndham Deerfield Beach, Therese & Bill Smyack,  Boca Surf and Sail, Sports Immortal Museum, Fifth Avenue Liquors, Vineyard Vines, Oceans 234, Boca Regional Sandler Center, Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, Kapow, Cason Photography, Florida Swim School, The Dubliner, Max’s Grill, Marios Osteria, Celebrity Cleaners, The Wick Theatre, Rapoport’s Restaurant Group, Living Water Rejuvenation MedSpa, Bonefish Grill, Dr. Mylissa Medical Boutique, Hoy P’loy Facial Lash & Nail Bar, Barrel of Monks, East Boca Dental, Fairfield Suites Hotel, Marriott Boca Raton, Hampton by Hilton Boca Raton, Blowzone, The Tin Muffin Café, Photorealism and Art by Bankrupt.

Our sincere appreciation goes out to the volunteers who helped make the event a success:  Therese Smyack, Cara Zimmerman, Mindi & Hank Rudan, Suzan Javizian, Donna Bochak, Robin Powers, Kim Dillon, Lee Barnes, Michele & Ken Schenley, Brooke Schenley, Sheriann Namer, Genevieve Areson, Kelsey Johnson and Mary Stern.

Special thanks to our hosts Marc & Jennifer Bell for making this incredible event possible!

Photo credits: Multi-Media Works, Robert Weinroth, Arlene Herson and Pam Polani.