J EFF ALEXANDER MEMORIAL FUND NEWSLETTER
As we look back on 2014 we reflect on a very productive year for The Jeff Alexander Memorial Charitable Trust Fund. Once again we wish to thank the donors and supporters of the fund. We set out a little over three years ago with the goal to remember Jeff in a positive way. With the help of family, friend's,co workers and many law enforcement agency's support and generosity across the country we have been able to share his kind spirit and love of community as planned.
We gave out the third annual college scholarship to Elmira Free Academy senior Sydney Blakeslee.
She is a very deserving recipient and we wish her much success as she pursues her college education.
On June 12th we completed construction of The Gazebo By The Lake at Eldridge Park in Elmira,
New York. We had a great turnout for the planting of flowers along the sidewalk that day and again for the official dedication on July 5th. The gazebo is open to the public for use without cost and any questions and or rules regarding the gazebo should now be directed to The Eldridge Park Carousel Preservation Society. We have been very pleased with the completion of this project and the overwhelmingly positive comments regarding the project especially how peaceful the setting feels. We have witnessed many people enjoying the gazebo as we worked hard to develop the site. We will continue to be involved with the upkeep of the gazebo and the surrounding landscaping and our hope is that this gazebo will be enjoyed for many years to come.
As we plan for 2015 we will go forward in awarding the $500.00 college scholarship to a graduating senior of the new Elmira High School. The scholarship remains an important mission of The Jeff Alexander Memorial Fund. We will continue to look for ways to use the trust money for charitable causes that meet the requirement of giving back to the local community.
Anyone wishing to donate to the fund should forward the donation or correspondence to:
The Jeff Alexander Memorial Fund
478 Roe Avenue
Elmira, N.Y. 14901
Fall 2013 News Letter
We want to thank our family, friends and the law enforcement community for their ongoing support in our efforts to give back to the community in Jeff's memory. We've had a busy year in 2013, and we're looking forward to more exciting projects in 2014 as well.
We are very pleased to announce that Eldridge Park in Elmira, New York has accepted our pledge to donate a 16-foot gazebo. The gazebo will be built near the miniature golf course, along the lake. It is our desire to invest in the community Jeffrey was so dedicated to. This gazebo will be open to the public to be used for relaxation and peaceful reflection. It will be a pagoda-style gazebo that is designed to blend in with the Victorian atmosphere of the park. It is our plan to have it in place by June of 2014. We hope to organize a special walk around the lake to unveil and support this project. We continue to work with the dedicated members of the Eldridge Park Carousel Preservation Society to complete this project.
In May, police officers from all over the country came together in Washington D.C. to honor their fellow officers who have been killed in the line of duty. Each year they meet at the National Law Enforcement Memorial where nearly 19,000 names of police officers are engraved in the impressive memorial wall. We want to thank Peter Leclerc and Tom Dupay for their participation in the Police Unity Tour bicycle ride and other events in memory of Jeff. If you get a chance, please visit the memorial wall website at www.nleomf.com.
In June 2013, we awarded the second annual Jeff Alexander Memorial Scholarship to Elmira Free Academy senior Alex Varkatzas. Alex was highly recommended by teachers and coaches based on his work ethic in the classroom and on the soccer field. He consistently treated staff and fellow students with respect, and carried himself with maturity. We wish Alex success as he pursues his college education at Binghmaton University in Binghamton, New York.
This year, engraved memorial bricks were placed at the Elmira Heights Fire Department and Eldridge Park for Jeffrey. Thank you to Donny Alexander, Mike Park and Mary Park.
We also want to thank The Chemung County Deputy Sheriff's Association for its generous donations to Jeff's fund as well as the deputies' personal efforts to remember Jeff.
We would like to acknowledge The Badge of Honor Association of Rochester, New York for its generous donation to Jeff's Fund as well. They are a group of dedicated men and women who work tirelessly to remember the fallen police officers of our communities.
We also want to mention the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum in Titusville, Florida (www.aphf.org). We recently had the opportunity to visit the museum. The museum is a wonderful tribute to the law enforcement community, past and present. They work year-round to honor fallen officers, educate the public about the history of law enforcement and honor the service men and women who protect us on a daily basis.
Jeffrey Alexander Memorial Fund
c/o 478 Roe Avenue
January 2013 Newsletter
We welcome old friends and new friends to the Jeff Alexander Memorial Fund Website.
We would like to thank everyone for their continued support as we move forward with our charity's projects in Jeff's memory.
We would like to share some of the ways in which Jeff's memory lives on.
On October 15th of 2012 our cousin Bonnie Whyte and her husband Ed graciously attended family day at the Police Hall and Fame Museum in Titusville, Florida. Jeff's names is included on The Memorial Wall. Also on display is a firetruck that was made here in Elmira in the 1920's. The Museum is located across the street from The Space Museum. We are hoping to attend family day in 2013. Thank you Bonnie and Ed! The Museum website is www.aphf.org firstname.lastname@example.org
In November we were contacted by a high school student from Florida named Jessica Madrigal.
Her criminal justice teacher assigned the class a project to write about an officer that had been killed the previous year. Jess was assigned Jeff. First we would like to thank her for all the hard work and thoughtful efforts she put into this project. We emailed photos and stories to her, and she was able to use the website for information about Jeff. Jess did a wonderful job in capturing Jeff's spirit and dedication to family and law enforcement. She received an A on both portions of her project and was voted best project of the class. We are very touched each time someone takes a moment to remember Jeff. Thank you again Jessica!
Next we would like to thank the Chemung County Deputy Sheriff's Association. In September they held their annual Charity Golf Tournament. They presented their donation to the Children's Miracle Network in memory of Jeff. Really no words can thank these men and women for their dedication to the community both on and off the job. We are blessed to know them and thank them for their continued and unwavering support of Jeff and our family. We also want to thank all of the participants of the tournament.
In December we received a generous donation to Jeff's fund from the Badge Of Honor association based in Rochester New York. This is a non profit organization dedicated to honoring law enforcement members killed in the line of duty and representing law enforcement in a positive way. They also support many worthwhile charities. We invite you to visit their website www.badgeofhonorassociation.org
In February we will distribute the applications to EFA for the 2013 Jeff Alexander Memorial Scholarship award. The applications will be available in the EFA guidance office. If you know an EFA senior that demonstrates a positive character, including kindness and respect please encourage them to apply.
We would like to add a share your memory feature to the website. Please look for the icon so you can submit a memory or story of Jeff. We have taken great joy in the memories and stories everyone has taken time to share with us.
We continue to work on an exciting project for 2013. Details to be announced soon!
SEPTEMBER 2012 NEWSLETTER
We have many exciting things to report since our last newsletter.
In May during National Police week, Jeffrey received many honors.
On May 8th we attended a ceremony in Albany New York where Jeffrey's name was among those honored when his name was added to the Police Memorial Wall located at the Plaza of the State Capital.
Then we traveled as a family to Washington DC where Jeffrey's name was engraved on the wall of The National Law Enforcement Memorial located at Judiciary Square.
On May 12th we were extremely touched when we witnessed the arrival of the Police Unity Tour to the grounds of the memorial. The tour included over 1500 bicycle riders. These men and women from all over the United States rode together 300 miles over 4 days to honor the 162 officers killed in the line of duty in 2011. Each rider wore a bracelet in memory of a fallen officer engraved with the officer's name. The bracelets were then presented to the officer's family members. The ride raised over 1.62 million dollars for the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington D.C. The museum is set to open in 2014 and is located directly across the street of the of the memorial wall.
We also attended the 24th Annual Candle Light Vigil on May 13th and the 31st Annual Peace Officers Ceremony on the grounds of the Capital Building on May 15th. There were over 25,000 Officers in attendance including several members of the Chemung County Sheriff's Office.
Jeff's name was also included in the American Police Hall Of Fame and Museum in Titusville, Florida.
We cannot thank the law enforcement community enough for their kindness and support of us and the respect shown in memory of Jeff.
In June of 2012 we proudly awarded the first annual Jeffrey Alexander Memorial Scholarship to an EFA senior Martel Burns. We feel she was a very deserving student and wish her well as she pursues her college education. The New York State Deputy Sheriff Association also awarded a scholarship in Jeff's memory to a Horseheads High School senior pursuing a degree in criminal justice.
Then July came. The Elmira Police Department and the Elmira Fire Department played a softball game
called Battle Of the Bats at Dunn Field in Elmira on July 15th following an Elmira Pioneer Baseball game. They raised and donated $1152.00 for the Jeff Alexander Memorial Fund. We want to thank them again for such a wonderful event.
The following week on July 21st we held the second annual Jeff Alexander Memorial Fundraiser at the Green Derby. The fundraiser was very successful in raising money for the fund and therapeutic for the family and friends that came together to remember Jeff. We would like to thank all of the family, friends and businesses that supported our effort.
As a side note our family has sponsored the gates of the miniature golf course at Eldridge Park in Elmira, where a plaque is in place in Jeff's memory.
We are now in the planning stages of a project for 2013. This will be intended for community use and we are anxious to bring additional information in the near future regarding this project.
The Board Members of the Jeff Alexander Memorial Fund would like to thank each of the students who’ve applied for the 2012 scholarship at Elmira Free Academy. The applications are currently under review and the scholarship will be awarded at the Senior Awards Night on June 5, 2012.
We would also like to thank the members of the Sperr Memorial Park for the dedication of a bench plaque to memorialize and honor Jeff. It is located in the playground area of Sperr Park in Big Flats, NY.
There will also be a plaque placed at the entrance gate to the miniature golf course at Eldridge Park in honor of Jeff, donated by his family. News of the unveiling will be released once details are confirmed.
The Board members and Jeff’s family are so appreciative of the following organizations that have honored Jeff’s memory in the past 10 months.
His family is currently preparing to attend National Police Week in Washington DC, starting Saturday, May 12th where Jeff’s name will be added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial located on Panel 51W, Line 28.
The following Officers will be riding in Jeff’s Memory in the Police Unity Tour to kick off the event in Washington DC on May 12th, which raises money for the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund.
Investigator Douglas Bieniek of the State Attorney’s Office in Tampa, FL
Deputy Thomas Dupey of the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office
US Customs and Border Protection Marine Interdiction Agent Joe Seville
Thank you to the New York State Sheriff Deputy Association for establishing a memorial scholarship in Jeffs name for Chemung County students planning to pursue a career in criminal justice.
Lastly, a heartfelt thanks to the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office and the Chemung County Executives for their continued support.
The Jeff Alexander Memorial Fund