NEWS RELEASE                                             

For Immediate Release
October 22, 2008
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
  (850) 651-7420

LAW ENFORCEMENT TRUST FUND FORMATION

     Area police chiefs and their representatives joined the Okaloosa County Sheriff today to announce the formation of a new non-profit organization geared towards helping any active,  sworn, local law enforcement officer in Okaloosa County facing a crisis.

       Creation of The Okaloosa County Law Enforcement Benevolent Trust Association is the result of the outpouring of financial donations and community support towards the family of slain Deputy Tony Forgione in July. The new charity will focus on being pro-active in raising money to provide assistance to officers in need due to accidents, medical illnesses, fires, or other catastrophes.

        Those involved are currently working on by-laws for the new association and will be applying for 501-C3 status as a charitable organization. The Association will be overseen by a Board of Directors. It is NOT connected to any individual law enforcement agency.

        The first major fundraiser, the Anthony Forgione Memorial Golf Tournament,  will take place November 8th at the Shalimar Pointe Golf Course. Cuvee Beach in Destin will be providing food at the event. For information on signing up or sponsorship, please contact Debbie Barrineau at 651-7410.

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