South Beach Association Donates $20,000 to Fort Pierce Police Department
During the Fort Pierce City Commission meeting on Monday, September 21, 2015, the South Beach Association presented a $20,000 check to Fort Pierce Police Chief Diane Hobley-Burney to purchase two all-terrain vehicles (ATV) specifically to help deter crime on the beach.
Association President Carole Mushier and Treasurer Paul Desborough were joined by other Association members in making the presentation. Several Fort Pierce Police offices attended the meeting to show their support and gratitude for the generous donation.
The residents developed the idea for the fundraiser at a meet and greet with Chief Hobley-Burney on June 23, 2015. During the meeting, Chief Hobley-Burney mentioned to the 150 residents gathered that she wanted to purchase the ATVs to be used to patrol the beach communities.
Mushier said someone in the audience suggested the group have a fundraiser. The residents quickly organized and began distributing flyers and asking for donations. In approximately a month, the Association raised $19,200. By September 8, 2015, the group had raised the remaining $800.
Chief Hobley-Burney said, “This is absolutely amazing. To have this type of support from the South Beach Association and members of the community has touched my heart deeply. Our officers work extremely hard in keeping our beautiful City safe and for them to see that members of our community care this much is remarkable. The vision of having the ATV’s to assist in patrolling our beach areas was made into a reality because of the love and care of the South Beach Association. How great is that!”