Supporters of the Boca Raton Police Foundation piled into Ouzo Bay restaurant in Mizner Park Wednesday night.
In attendance for the Back the Blue fundraiser for the Boca Raton Police Foundation. “No ulterior motives; the support feels great,” said Boca Police Chief Dan Alexander. As guests took turns chatting with the chief, a foundation advisor.
“Thanks for coming out,” he told them.
Community leaders started the group in 2014 to raise money for training, technology and other police force needs not covered in the budget.
“To me, it’s about the safety of the community, at the top of the list,” said Brian Altschuler, a vice president at Boca Raton Regional Hospital and one of the board members who attended.
Their immediate need is a bloodhound to track down a missing senior or child, said Debbie Levine, foundation executive director. “Now we have to borrow one from the sheriff’s office.”
“The chief gives us a wish list at the end of the year, so fundraisers help us,” she added, suggesting donations at http://bocaratonpolicefoundation.org/
A silent auction with jewelry, gift baskets, and staycations drew supporters like Rosie and Joe Martin. Their Allegiance Home Health & Rehab sponsored Boca Chamber Festival Days fundraisers like this one through August.