Kathryn Norris of the local organization Women’s March is donating $500 to the Key West Police Love Fund in appreciation for all the work the police do to help her organization with parades and marches. CONTRIBUTED

In 2006, the sudden death of Key West Police Detective John Piskator left his family in dire straits. They needed help, but all his fellow officers could do was pass a hat and try to raise money.

The Love Fund was born out of this tragedy and has been active for 16 years.

“It was created in 2006 to help officers and support staff deal with almost any disaster imaginable, be it a death in the family, illness, damage to their home or other abnormalities that threaten their ability to serve their community. The fund also supports the spouses and children of officers killed in the line of duty or who have died of natural causes as a result of extraordinary pressures created by the profession, including scholarships for the children of such officers. indicates the fund’s website.

A department employee has been working tirelessly to raise money for the Love Fund since helping them pay their bills during cancer treatments.

The main fundraiser for the fund is the annual Love Fund Ball, which this year will take place from 6-11 p.m. on Saturday, September 10 at Opal Key Resort.

The prom hasn’t been able to take place for the past two years due to the COVID pandemic, but is back this year with a vengeance.

The Roaring Twenties are this year’s theme. The event includes dinner, dancing, music, an open bar and a silent auction. There is also a raffle and online auction which is now live at Click “All Items” on the left to view the online auction items.

Tickets are $150 per person. Visit the Key West Police Department Love Fund on Facebook for a link to purchase tickets and bid on online auction items. For more information, contact Dorian Patton at 305-809-3782 and Joelle Deese at 305-809-3866.

Key West Police is commemorating Law Enforcement Memorial Day in honor of fallen officers. CONTRIBUTED