In 2013, Arndrea and Craig Laporte wanted to find a way to acknowledge Pasco County's Law Enforcement Officers and their families in some way. They gave consideration to many possibilities, none of which seemed feasible at the time. The result of this desire to recognize the officers and their families who give so much to ensure a safe Community was last year's Family Fun Day event in May.
The Laportes realize from personal experience that the families of law enforcement officers often face the same level of stress that the officer does. All too often, their contributions to the community go unrecognized and under-appreciated.
In order to let those first responders, spouses, children, parents and grandchildren know that their sacrifices are appreciated and valued, Craig and Arndrea came up with the idea of hosting a sponsored and totally free event just for them. The goal was to say, "thanks" to the Law Enforcement Officers from all Pasco Law Enforcement agencies by bringing them together at a central location with an event dedicated to providing them a fun day.
Craig's Law Firm, Proly, Laporte & Mulligan, P.A., spearheaded a drive for sponsors for this event. They successfully brought together a number of businesses to sponsor the 1st annual Law Enforcement Officer Family Fun Day at the FOP Lodge #29's facility in Land O' Lakes in 2014.
The site provides a wide expanse on beautiful Bell Lake. With the help of the many sponsors, over 350 Law Enforcement Officer's family members enjoyed camaraderie, a great social setting and fun entertainment for their children during the 1st annual Fun Day. That number sky-rocketed to over 600 in attendance at the 3rd annual event in 2016. Entertainment included a water slide, bounce houses, a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, balloon animals, hula hoop competition. And much more.
Sheriff Noccohas graciously provided K-9 Demonstrations for the audience in past years, as well as static displays of SWAT equipment, the agency's helicopter, and its Mounted Posse. At last year's Fun Day, Tom Dobies was recognized for his generous donations to the Pasco County K-9 Unit. During the last decade, Dobies has donated money to buy a dozen dogs to police departments that otherwise might not be able to afford them.
The day has been a huge success, and thanks to the sponsorships, approximately $24,000 has been raised for the Pasco County Fallen Officer Law Enforcement Memorial and Benefit Foundation, Inc. The non-profit organization overseeing that fund, plans to design and build Pasco County's first permanent memorial for Fallen Law Enforcement Officers and provides financial assistance to families of injured or killed Law Enforcement Officers. The dedicated site of the Memorial is at the Dade City Historic Court House.
The 4th annual LEO Fun Day promises to be even bigger and better, with even more entertainment.
We hope you will all join us to make this year even better!
There is plenty to keep the entire family entertained. Click on the links for an in-depth explanation of everything that is available to do at this great event. And it is all FREE OF CHARGE for current or retired law enforcement officers, law enforcement employees (civilian) and their entire families (from moms dads and kids, to grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts and uncles.
Fun Kid's Activities
Bring the kids of all ages for an afternoon of fun! The property on Bell Lake is perfectly suited for this "carnival like" atmosphere. There are activities for all kids, including the kids in all of us.
The younger crowd will have a ball on the water slides (be sure to bring bathing suits and towels) and in the bounce houses provided courtesy of Coastal Rental Centers. When not jumping and sliding they will have an opportunity to have their faces painted, get a custom balloon creation and pet ultra-cool reptiles.
Kids of every age will enjoy the ice cream, sno cones, popcorn and other treats awaiting them before or after they enjoy a wonderful barbeque lunch provided by Hungry Harry's. So bring the kids, and the kid in you and enjoy a day of relaxation among other Pasco Law Enforcement families.
- Bounce houses
- Water slides
- Photos with Alligators
- Face painting
- Balloon animals
- Hula hoop competitions
There is entertainment for every one of every age, from kids, to moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas, and aunts and uncles, and all are welcome. As contemporary and oldie music entertains the crowd, kids of all ages are encouraged to compete in hula hoop competitions and corn hole games.
Because law enforcement families often don't get to see what their moms, dads, brothers or sisters do, a special demonstration of law enforcement equipment and tactics will be presented courtesy of Sheriff Chris Nocco. Everyone will get a rise out of seeing the K-9 demonstration, or getting their pictures taken with various SWAT gear and equipment, or checking out the sheriff's helicopter.
Adults can walk the grounds, down to the pier on Bell Lake, and check out the beautiful view afforded from the F.O.P. lodge property, all while the kids are perfectly content with their myriad of activities.
And for the consenting and responsible adults, in addition to soft drinks, iced tea and lemonade, beer will be available inside the F.O.P. lodge.
- Disk Jockey
- Photos with Alligators
- Face painting
- Balloon animals
- Hula hoop competitions
Delicious Lunch from Hungry Harry's Family Bar-B-Que
We are excited to once again have community favorite Hungry Harry's Family Bar-B-Que on location to provide their delicious offerings to all of our friends and families.
Other treats and beverages provided include...
- Ice Cream
- Snow Cones
- Iced Tea & Soft Drinks
- and water
Grill Give Away
Lowe's is also giving away this amazing grill during the Picnic to one lucky attendee! Good Luck!
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Pasco Sheriff's Office K9 Demonstation
A Pasco Sheriff's Canine Officer and Handler will be on hand to give a demonstration on their unique techniques, skills, and capabilities.
The Pasco Canine Unit (K-9) is assigned to patrol sectors and assist uniform Operations by responding to routine calls for service when they are not providing search assistance. Canines are trained for area searches, article searches, and evidence recovery, building searches, tracking criminal suspects, locating missing persons, narcotics, and bomb detection. The Pasco Sheriff's Office Canine Unit consists of seven K-9/handler teams.
Pasco Sheriff's Office Aviation Helicopter Display
The Pasco Sheriff's Office will also have their helicopter on display.
The Aviation Unit provides airborne law enforcement support to all components within the Pasco Sheriff's Office seven days a week. Currently, pro-active air support is being provided to approximately 745 square miles of land, 21 miles of coastline, and 180 square miles of waterways. The Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit is the only law enforcement aircraft based in Pasco County. For this reason, the Aviation Unit is often summoned by other agencies for assistance.
The helicopter's speed, agility, and vantage point provide the road deputy with a "force multiplier" making it an invaluable asset. Sheriff's Office helicopters utilize the Forward Looking Infra-Red system to locate persons who may be concealed by darkness. The Aviation Unit consists of two law enforcement pilots, one Tactical Flight Officer, and one Aviation mechanic, all of whom are supervised by the law enforcement chief pilot. The Aviation Unit is responsible for the acquisition of equipment and parts, and for the maintenance of all fixed wing and rotary aircraft. The Aviation Unit's duties include proactive patrols, search and recovery missions, surveillance operations, domestic marijuana eradication, traffic enforcement, investigative transportation, and aerial photography for investigation and courtroom presentation.
Pasco Sheriff's Office SWAT Vehicle Display
During the event, the Pasco SWAT team will also have several vehicles on display.
The Pasco County Special Weapons and Tactics Team is a group of 21 trained law enforcement deputies with special knowledge in tactics, specialized equipment, and firearms. Members of the SWAT team all have other full-time jobs elsewhere in the agency. Members of SWAT must maintain superior physical conditioning and undergo an extensive amount of annual training. The members are on-call 24 hours a day, every day, to respond to high hazard, emergency and critical incidents requiring specialized firearms and/or tactics. These incidents include hostage situations, barricaded subjects, search warrants, arrest warrants, and dignitary protection details.
Sheriff's Equestrian Units. We Fight As One! Meet the Horses that serve Pasco Communities.
This wonderful event is possible because of our incredible sponsors who share our desire to recognize our committed Law Enforcement Officers and the contributions and support of their families. Our Pasco community is fortunate to benefit from their dedication. Our sponsors' generosity allows this event to be free to these families.
Special thanks to our presenting sponsor, Proly, Laporte & Mulligan, P.A., Attorneys serving Pasco County and surrounding counties since its original inception in 1972. The attorneys and staff of PLM Attorneys have dedicated themselves to making the LEO Family Fun Day a recurring annual event.
Special thanks also to our sponsors who make significant in-kind contributions. Coastal Rental Centers stepped up to the plate in the first annual fun day, and donated the use of the bounce houses, water slides, tents, tables and chairs, and continues to do so this year. Hungry Harry's Barbeque was so impressed with the event in 2014 that it has agreed to provide all the food and beverages at a substantial discount for all future Family Fun Days.
We acknowledge the contributions and support of F.O.P. Lodge 29. They allow us to host this event on their spectacular property ad their members help us with set up, running the event safely and clean-up afterwards.
Additionally, the financial contributions of our platinum, gold and silver sponsors extends past this family event. Any funds available after the event's expenses are contributed to the Pasco Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund. This non-profit corporation was founded for purposes of constructing a permanent memorial to all fallen Pasco law enforcement officers, and to help provide financial assistance to the families of killed or injured officers. Because of our sponsors' contributions, we have raised approximately $24,000 for these great causes.
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Family FunDay, Inc. is now a 501(c)3, status pending
FOP Lodge 29
21705 YMCA Camp Rd
Land O' Lakes, 34639
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Entrance at corner of US 41/Land O' Lakes Boulevard and Bell Lake Road in Land O' Lakes
April 15th, 2017 (Rain Date: April 22th, 2017)
11:00am - 3:00pm