The Polk County Sheriff's Office, in cooperation with other charities and businesses, is hosting three separate events for charities this month.
On Friday, October 21, 2011, PCSO, in partnership with DKMS Americas (the world’s largest bone marrow donor center) is hosting a bone marrow drive for PCSO Court Process Server Scott Rorhbaugh, at the Polk County Sheriff’s Operations Center in Winter Haven.
Entering into the national bone marrow database is an easy and painless procedure. All it takes is a simple cheek swab.
Scott was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) in January 2007. During his four year battle with this disease he has received multiple types of treatments. However, no treatment has been successful for Scott’s condition. He is currently undergoing another treatment at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. The disease has progressed to the threshold of Leukemia, and Scott is in need of a Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant. Doctors are currently searching for the perfect match.
Scott joined the Polk County Sheriff’s Office family in 2004, after retiring from the York City Police Department in Pennsylvania. Scott served 28 years as a police officer, retiring as a Detective First Class. He was an investigator for Crimes Against Children, Sex Crimes and Domestic Violence. He is now serving civil process for the Sheriff’s Office.
There is no cost to be entered into the bone marrow database, and it is a painless procedure. A BBQ lunch is being served at $8.00 a plate -- come out for a great cause and enjoy some wonderful BBQ from Smokin' Jims! Proceeds from lunch will benefit the DKMS Americas foundation.
On Saturday, October 22, 2011, PCSO, in partnership with the Bubba The Love Sponge Foundation (BTLS), is hosting a charity motorcycle ride for the family of Bea Reid, who was killed on September 18, 2011. Bea was the highest-ranking civilian at the Polk County Sheriff's Office, and the third in command. She leaves behind a 21-year-old son who is a sophomore at the University of Central Florida, and a 17-year-old son who is a junior at Plant City High School. All proceeds will benefit her sons.
The event will start and end at the WingHouse of Lakeland, 4515 South Florida Avenue, and includes a free food buffet for the participants. 8:30 AM – Registration; 10:00 AM – Kickstands up; 11:00 AM – Buffet Open. Sheriff Grady Judd and Bubba will be at the event to greet participants. Go to http://www.btlsfoundation.org/ for more information and to register.
On Friday and Saturday, October 21st and 22nd, and Friday and Saturday, October 28th and 29th, 2011, PCSO Detention Deputy Kimbra Wiegert and several volunteers will be hosting "Haunted Jail Tours" at the PCSO old jail, located in the former PCSO Main Operations Center, 455 North Broadway in Bartow. For a suggested donation of $5.00 to the United Way of Central Florida, participants will be taken on a 30-minute long tour of the old jail -- the "spookier" tours will be on the two Fridays from 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM, and the "kid-friendly" tours will be on the two Saturdays from 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
For more information, contact Detention Deputy Kimbra Wiegert at 863.287.9128. Reservations are recommended.
The media is invited and encouraged to participate in these events. Thank you in advance for your interest.