Fifth annual Policeman'sBall benefits scholarship fund, food banks
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe Policeman's Ball Committee members gathered in the lobby of Memorial Hall just prior to the start of their fifth annual event are, from left, Louise McClafferty, Police Chief Joseph Schatz, Tammy Lombardo, Councilwoman Joanne Klitsch, Detective Lee Marzen and Jamie Solomon. Missing from the photo is Betsy Arner, Jim Thorpe Borough Council president.
Memorial Hall on East 10th Street in Jim Thorpe was the setting last Saturday evening for the fifth annual Policeman's Ball, which was hosted by the Jim Thorpe Police Department.
The emcees for this year's event were Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko and Police Chief Joseph Schatz.
"I'd like to thank the committee for an outstanding job," Sofranko said of the ball. "They've done a fine job here once again this year."
Sofranko also expressed his gratitude to the borough council, residents and those in law enforcement who attended the ball.
"That's what it's all about, supporting local police officers and all of law enforcement," Sofranko added.
"I can't say enough about all of those men and women in law enforcement who are out there doing their job. Many times, we just take a lot of that for granted, so tonight is a good time for everyone to say Thank You."
Schatz also commented on the evening.
"I'd like to thank everyone that made this night possible," said Schatz, "Our sponsors and our contributors, the Policeman's Ball Committee, Memorial Hall, the borough, the police department, and everyone that came out and supported it."
Chief Schatz finished by exclaiming, "It's a great night."
Among the 150 people present were state Sen. John Yudichak, borough and county officials, retired state police officers, and officials from neighboring police departments.
Proceeds from the ball will benefit the Jim Thorpe Police Department Scholarship Fund and the four Jim Thorpe area food banks
Food banks are located at Ebenezer Church, St. Joseph Church, United Christ Church, and Grace St. Paul Methodist Church.
Dress for the ball was formal attire and the evening included dinner, drinks and dancing, with music provided by the "Doc" from Penn's Peak.