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  • Where the money goes we raise.
    Updated On: Dec 01, 2018

    Donations and Distributions

     The Retiree Association raises money through 3 methods:

    • Annual $50 dues of its members
    • Annual fund raiser event (Firefighter Chili Cook Off)
    • Donations

    The amount of funds distributed each year is determined by the amount of funds that have been raised.  As a not for profit organization, we distribute money for 3 priorities:

    • Firefighters with Cancer
    • Firefighters in need
    • Community events

     Below is a list of recipients we have been able to help:


    PBC CISM Team                                                                                                    $500

    Request for funds to maintain and upgrade their website. The CISM Team provides emotional counseling, debriefing and support to firefighters post traumatic incidents.

    Telecommunicators 911                                                                                          $250

    This organization was formed after the death of PBC Dispatcher Nancy Simpson from breast cancer. The group provides financial support for dispatchers with medical and health issues. They raise money through fun events such as the Challenge Race.  https://www.911taf.com

    Veterans’ Day Parade                                                                                               $250

    Veterans Day Parade in Downtown WPB on Clematis Street and the Memorial Day event at the VA National Cemetery in Lake Worth. We are seeking Sponsors and/or Donations for the upcoming Veterans Day Parade on Sunday, November 4, 2018, one week before the actual Veterans Day, so as not to coincide with the other veteran events in the county.    We would appreciate your cooperation with this and hopefully you would be able to share this request with the Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Retirees. This is our 11th year with this event.

    Waterfront Warriors                                                                                                 $1000

    Request for donations ($1,000 provides one family support) to bring wounded, ill and injured Military Servicemen and women and their families to the West Palm Beach area for a relaxing vacation away from the hospital and a variety of activities. http://wpbww.org   

    Joe Militelo                                                                                                                 $250

    Fund raising event on July 25 2018 at Twisted Trunk for Joe, active FF with North Palm Beach who is stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. See flyer on file. 

    Mary Wooten                                                                                                             $1,500

    To receive proper treatment they had to move to Florida for the 7 weeks as the treatments were 5 days a week. The funds were used to assist with this transition and treatment costs.

    Firefighters on a Mission                                                                                          $4,550

    FF on Mission raises funds to support Ducenne Muscular Dystrophy. Their inspiration Logan (7 years old) who has Duchenne MD and is the son of FF Tim Petz (Boca Raton FF). FF on a Mission is a certified 501c3 charity. The funds donated ($4,554) were 50% of the 2018 Firefighter Chili Cook Off fund raiser on Feb 10that Bryant Park hosted by the Retired Firefighters of Palm Beach County.


    Butch Smith Funeral Reception                                                                               $735

    Paid catering charges for the funeral/reception for PBCFR Captain Butch Smith who lost his 9 year battle with cancer. Fed 350 personnel from 35 fire agencies, UM, and many other organizations in the fight against firefighter cancer. Supplied food to Captain Smith’s family, before and after the funeral services.

    Quantum House                                                                                                        in kind

    Retirees were able to donate their time to cook at the Honda Classic with a % of the proceeds to benefit Quantum House, which provides housing for injured and ill children and their families while the child is receiving medical acre.

    John Kemp, Jr                                                                                                            $2,500

    12 year old son of FF John Kemp. He has been diagnosed with a rare vascular malformation near his spine, which required travelling to many specialists, hospitals in various states before the diagnosis had been “discovered” and is now in treatment to minimize the pain. The treatments are extensive and still require travelling to John Hopkins every 6 months, staying one a month period. 

    Tim Williams  Fund                                                                                                   $100

    On July 2nd 2017 Firefighter/Paramedic Tim Williams passed away suddenly at his home. Tim was a loving husband and father to 9 year old Jaiden. Tim's wife Itelvina, who is also a Firefighter/Paramedic, is currently out on workers comp after being assaulted by a combative patient. As a result, she is not receiving a full pay check and is unable to return to work until her surgery is approved. This account has been set up to help Vina and her family get through this trying time. Any little bit helps and will be greatly appreciated.

    Vince Castelly Fund                                                                                                  $2,500

    After fighting for his life from burns and near-fatal cervical injuries in May, Ft. Lauderdale firefighter Vince Castelly now courageously performs the rigors of daily rehabilitation, learning to command the remaining limited use of his body in an Atlanta rehab hospital. His wife Naomie is nine months pregnant.  Naomie has endured the last two months of her pregnancy with ALL of THIS heavy on her heart and mind:
    Vince's home is required to accommodate his special wheelchair and limited movement before he is released to return home with his family in August. There is an expensive list of changes that must be built into and around his home to comply with ADA requirements (Americans With Disabilities Act). These building costs, above and separate from all of Vince's other obvious expenses, are estimated to be upwards of $100,000.  With less than a month before Vince  is scheduled to return home, he will not be released to his wife, son and new baby until this building is complete, so we need to begin drawing on these funds NOW. 
    These building requirements are NOT covered by insurance, and are compounded by medical, travel and home nurse, as well as other expenses that will follow his return home and the birth of his new son.  This fund is only for the building accommodations into his home and property.

    Vince Castelly Hurricane Wings Fund Raiser                                                         $3500

    Hurricane Wings and retirees established a Give Back Night, August 14thwhere 20% of the funds go to FF Castelly. The family also has an account set up at Chase Bank for Sauvens Castelly in his name. Contact Kimberly Thomson at 561-309-2820 for more information. 

    Dogs to the Rescue                                                                                                    $250

    Our mission is to pair therapy dogs with First Responders (active and retired) suffering from PTSD and/or any other job related stress disorder. The intention is to generate funds from races and SANTAS ON THE RUN 5K AND 1 MILE FAMILY FUN RUN is Dec. 2, 2017 at Commons Park in Royal Palm Beach.  Santa Suits and Finisher Medals for all participants.  Age group awards for the 5k.  The event starts at 7:30 am   We are asking volunteers and booths to be there at 6:30 a.m. The event is listed on Facebook - Santas on the Run and Dogs to the Rescue also has a Facebook page. DOGSTOTHERESCUE.SUPPORT is our main page for the organization.

    SANTASONTHERUN.COM is the registration page for the event.

    PBC FOOLS Santa Toy Drive                                                                                     $100

    Held Holiday Party with members bringing toys at Hurricane Wings, Lake Worth. FOOLS will deliver toys. The restaurant gave back $95 towards the purchase of additional toys.

               Remembrance Ceremony                                                                                         $230

    Paid for food (hamburgers, hot dogs, etc) for annual Remembrance Day event at Jupiter Civic Center on Jan 15thto pay honor and tribute to all firefighters who have passed away.


    O’Berry Fund                                                                                                             $100

    The O'Berry (PBCFR Lieutenant ) family has suffered the loss of their son, Hunter, to a tragic accident on June 13. This fund has been set up to help Edwin O'Berry, Hunter's father, with funeral expenses.

    Desravins Fund                                                                                                         $100

    PBCFR Lieutenant Blum Desravins lost his wife last week, left with 2 children and funeral costs over $16,000.

    Darlene Miller Fund                                                                                                  $100

    PBCFR Secretary withCholangiocarcinoma (Intraheptic Bile Duct Cancer) who needed money for chemotherapy treatments above what insurance would cover.

    Quantum House                                                                                                        in kind

    Retirees were able to donate their time to cook at the Honda Classic with a % of the proceeds to benefit Quantum House, which provides housing for injured and ill children and their families while the child is receiving medical care.


    Hospice of Palm Beach County                                                                                $5,000

    Hospice had just finished caring for PBCFR Driver Operator Jim Miller in his final days with cancer.

    Quantum House                                                                                                        in kind

    Retirees were able to donate their time to cook at the Honda Classic with a % of the proceeds to benefit Quantum House, which provides housing for injured and ill children and their families while the child is receiving medical care.


    Sponsorship Butch Smith Poker Classic                                                                  $125

    PBCFR Firefighter Butch Smith has been fighting multiple myeloma for 4 years

    Drowning Coalition of the Palm Beaches                                                                $125

    They prevent drowning, near-drowning and other water-related incidents in Palm Beach County by educating residents on water safety and basic rescue techniques.


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