4th Annual Policeman's Ball held in JT
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Jim Thorpe Policeman's Ball Committee Members and Emcees gathered in the lobby of Memorial Hall just prior to the start of the event. They are, left to right : Mayor Michael Sofranko; Councilwoman Joanne Klitsch; Committee Members Lee Marzen, Cindy Kmetz, Jamie Solomon, Tammy Lombardo, Chief Joseph Schatz; Borough Council President Betsy Ahner; and Committee Member Louise McClafferty.
Memorial Hall on East 10th street in Jim Thorpe was the setting last Saturday evening for the 4th annual Policeman's Ball which was hosted by the Jim Thorpe Police Department.
The emcees for this year's ball were Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko, and Chief of Police Joseph Schatz.
This year's event was a fundraiser for both the Cystic Fibrosis Association, and Officer Joseph David of the Jim Thorpe Police Department.
Officer David is recovering from injuries incurred while directing traffic at the scene of a disabled vehicle on Nov. 30, 2011 along SR209 in Nesquehoning.
He was responding to the area, just near the Jim Thorpe line, to assist Nesquehoning police who were busy on another call.
Among the many notable people in attendance at the event were U.S. Congressman Tim Holden, 17th District of Pa; State Senator John Yudichak; and State Representative Doyle Heffley (R-122nd).
At the start of the event, Officer David was asked to come forward to accept presentations and citations honoring him.
He was followed by Jim Fahr who was present to speak for and represent the Cystic Fibrosis Association.
His knowledge of the disease was firsthand as he has been fighting cystic fibrosis for almost four decades and has survived as a result of receiving a double lung transplant.
When all the speakers had finished, the Jim Thorpe Policeman's Ball continued with the 200 people attending enjoying an evening of dinner and dancing.