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Signal 13 Video Interview with 3 Generations of a Baltimore Police Family

Meet Retired Sergeant Jim Brokus, Sr., Detective Sergeant Jim Brokus Jr., and  Officer Jim Brokus III.

Three Generations of Baltimore police officers speak to Signal 13 Foundation CEO Nancy Hinds about their life on the Baltimore streets and why they became police officers. 

 

Proud to Wear the Badge

In this video, hear how three generations of the Brokus Police family have been able to pass their badges from one generation to another with help from the Baltimore Police Department.

About the Signal 13 Foundation

The Signal 13 Foundation is an independent nonprofit that is not affiliated with the Baltimore Police Department or the FOP. Every dollar we raise comes from individual donors, foundations, and corporate grants.  Your support is more important than ever to continue our mission. The Baltimore Police Department continues to struggle with the recruitment and retention of qualified police officers.  With your support, the Signal 13 Foundation can help reverse that trend by providing more resources for our first responders.  Retaining qualified and experienced police officers should be a priority for everyone who cares about Baltimore.

Formed in 1983 by Police Commissioner Frank J. Battaglia with help from prominent philanthropists and business owners, the Signal 13 Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) committed to supporting the men and women of the Baltimore City Police Department with financial hardship grants and college scholarships for their children. For more information, go to www.signal13foundation.org.

We are confident that by working together with our partners and supporters we can make a difference.

Thank you for your support.

Please click below on the donate button and help the Signal 13 Foundation and make a difference in the lives of Baltimore’s police families.

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Jimmy’s Famous Seafood Hosts Fundraiser for the Signal 13 Foundation

Special thanks to John Minadakis, President of Jimmy’s Famous Seafood, for hosting a successful fundraiser for the Signal 13 Foundation on June 30 at his restaurant in Dundalk, MD.  Several Baltimore City Police officers and Police Commissioner Michael Harrison were in attendance as well as several of the Foundation’s Board members.  All were treated with delicious food from the restaurant and wine pairings from Constellation brands.

Said Nancy Hinds, CEO of the Signal 13 Foundation, “It was an amazing night for Signal 13 and all the people who came out to show their support for Baltimore’s Police families. We are grateful to John Minadakis and his team for their incredible generosity and support.”

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About the Signal 13 Foundation

The Signal 13 Foundation is an independent nonprofit that is not affiliated with the Baltimore Police Department or the FOP. Every dollar we raise comes from individual donors, foundations, and corporate grants.  Your support is more important than ever to continue our mission. The Baltimore Police Department continues to struggle with the recruitment and retention of qualified police officers.  With your support, the Signal 13 Foundation can help reverse that trend by providing more resources for our first responders.  Retaining qualified and experienced police officers should be a priority for everyone who cares about Baltimore.

Formed in 1983 by Police Commissioner Frank J. Battaglia with help from prominent philanthropists and business owners, the Signal 13 Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) committed to supporting the men and women of the Baltimore City Police Department with financial hardship grants and college scholarships for their children. For more information, go to www.signal13foundation.org.

We are confident that by working together with our partners and supporters we can make a difference.

Thank you for your support.

Please click below on the donate button and help the Signal 13 Foundation and make a difference in the lives of Baltimore’s police families.

Please click here to subscribe to the Signal 13 – Call to Action Newsletter

Please also follow us on Social media: FacebookLinkedInTwitter, Youtube, and Instagram.

Signal 13 – Call to Action – June 2021 Newsletter

The Signal 13 Foundation will always have the backs of Baltimore City Police officers who put their lives on the line every day to protect the citizens of Baltimore. It is a challenging time to be a police officer for many reasons, and that is why it is so encouraging to know there are a lot of people in the community who want to support these brave men and women.

Please check out this month’s edition of Call to Action where you will find great examples of how Signal 13 has been supporting Baltimore Police families with grants and scholarships. See also how YOU can help Signal 13 by joining us at Jimmy’s Famous Seafood for great food, wine, and networking to honor and thank Baltimore’s Police officers.  See the invitation and link to register below.

Signal 13 Video Interviews

“One of the greatest honors as CEO is talking to the people Signal 13 supports. Whether it is a mother putting 3 kids through college or the wife of a police cadet severely injured in a training exercise, it is their stories that validate the mission of the Signal 13 Foundation.”

In this video interview, Nancy Hinds speaks to Baltimore Police Information Tech Supervisor Lynda Lovette and her son David, a Signal 13 Scholarship recipient.  Hear how the Lovette family was aided by a Signal 13 grant after a family tragedy and a 4-year scholarship for David who attended the University of Lynchburg where he graduated in May 2021.

Signal 13 was created to financially support Baltimore Police families with financial hardship grants and college scholarships for their children. In Lynda Lovette’s case, Signal 13 provided both, and the support was so important to her family for many reasons.

The Signal 13 Foundation Board is Growing

Signal 13 is proud to name three new members to an already prominent board, Olachi Opara,  Portfolio Manager at Brown Advisory, Jonathan Attman, Partner and Director of Acquisitions & Development at Attman Holdings, LLC and Alexander Smith founder and president of the Atlas Restaurant Group.  Welcome to our new members.

Signal 13 Fundraiser at Jimmy’s Famous Seafood 

Please join Signal 13 and local business owners on June 30th at Jimmy’s Famous Seafood for a night of great food, wine, and networking to support the Signal 13 Foundation and the men and women of the Baltimore City Police Department.

Thanks to John Minadakis, the president of Jimmy’s Famous Seafood, for your generosity and support. Signal 13 is lucky to have you as a friend!
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Wine Dinner June-30

Join us for a delicious Wine Dinner, featuring 3 courses, dessert, and a trio of masterful wines sure to accentuate the deliciousness of each dish!
Our chef’s creations will be paired with Ruffino Prosecco, Pinot Grigio, and Chianti Classico!
1st Course
Jumbo Shrimp Louis Salad
2nd Course
Maryland Rockfish Bruschetta
3rd Course
Roasted Bistro Filet With Red Wine Demi Glacé
Dessert
Key Lime Pie Cheesecake

Proceeds will benefit The Signal 13 Foundation.
Register Here

Alexander Smith Joins Signal 13 Foundation Board

Alexander Smith is the founder and president of the Atlas Restaurant Group.  Alex founded the Atlas Restaurant Group in 2012 and quickly grew it into a nationally acclaimed Baltimore-based hospitality group. When Atlas opens two new concepts in Washington, D.C., its total number of restaurants will be 23 with more than 2,000 employees nationally. Smith sits on the board of several local organizations including Visit Baltimore, Cystic Fibrosis, the National Aquarium, Living Classrooms, the Greater Baltimore Committee, and the Maryland Science Center.

The Signal 13 Foundation Board has a storied history in Baltimore helping Baltimore city police families and I am honored to become a member of the prominent board and help in any way possible,” said Alex Smith.

 

About the Signal 13 Foundation

The Signal 13 Foundation is an independent nonprofit that is not affiliated with the Baltimore Police Department or the FOP. Every dollar we raise comes from individual donors, foundations, and corporate grants.  Your support is more important than ever to continue our mission. The Baltimore Police Department continues to struggle with the recruitment and retention of qualified police officers.  With your support, the Signal 13 Foundation can help reverse that trend by providing more resources for our first responders.  Retaining qualified and experienced police officers should be a priority for everyone who cares about Baltimore.

Formed in 1983 by Police Commissioner Frank J. Battaglia with help from prominent philanthropists and business owners, the Signal 13 Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) committed to supporting the men and women of the Baltimore City Police Department. All of its funding comes from private donations, foundations and corporate grants.  For more information, go to www.signal13foundation.org.

We are confident that by working together with our partners and supporters we can make a difference.

Thank you for your support.

 

Please click below on the donate button and help the Signal 13 Foundation and make a difference in Baltimore police families’ lives

Please click here to subscribe to the Signal 13 – Call to Action Newsletter

Please also follow us on Social media: FacebookLinkedIn, Twitter, Youtube, and Instagram.

 

Signal 13 Video Interview with the Lovette Family; Grant and Scholarship Recipients

In this video interview, Signal 13 Foundation CEO Nancy Hinds interviews Baltimore Police Information Tech Supervisor Lynda Lovette and her son David, a Signal 13 Scholarship recipient.  Hear how the Lovette family was aided by a Signal 13 grant after a family tragedy and a 4-year scholarship for David who attended the University of Lynchburg where he graduated in May 2021.

About the Signal 13 Foundation

The Signal 13 Foundation is an independent nonprofit that is not affiliated with the Baltimore Police Department or the FOP. Every dollar we raise comes from individual donors, foundations, and corporate grants.  Your support is more important than ever to continue our mission. The Baltimore Police Department continues to struggle with the recruitment and retention of qualified police officers.  With your support, the Signal 13 Foundation can help reverse that trend by providing more resources for our first responders.  Retaining qualified and experienced police officers should be a priority for everyone who cares about Baltimore.

Formed in 1983 by Police Commissioner Frank J. Battaglia with help from prominent philanthropists and business owners, the Signal 13 Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) committed to supporting the men and women of the Baltimore City Police Department. All of its funding comes from private donations, foundations and corporate grants.  For more information, go to www.signal13foundation.org.

We are confident that by working together with our partners and supporters we can make a difference.

Thank you for your support.

 

Please click below on the donate button and help the Signal 13 Foundation and make a difference in Baltimore police families’ lives

Please click here to subscribe to the Signal 13 – Call to Action Newsletter

Please also follow us on Social media: FacebookLinkedInTwitter, and Youtube.

 

Olachi Opara Joins Signal 13 Foundation Board

The Signal 13 Foundation is pleased to announce that Olachi Opara, a portfolio manager at Brown Advisory, has joined its Board of Directors. Signal 13 is a local nonprofit that supports Baltimore  Police families with financial hardship grants and college scholarships for their children.

Opara works with the portfolio management team for private clients, endowments and foundations. She joined Brown Advisory in 2007 after serving as a retail specialist at T. Rowe Price. She sits on the boards of Invest in Girls, the Maryland SPCA and the One Love Foundation. Opara received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and her MBA from the University of Maryland.

About the Signal 13 Foundation

The Signal 13 Foundation is an independent nonprofit that is not affiliated with the Baltimore Police Department or the FOP. Every dollar we raise comes from individual donors, foundations, and corporate grants.  Your support is more important than ever to continue our mission. The Baltimore Police Department continues to struggle with the recruitment and retention of qualified police officers.  With your support, the Signal 13 Foundation can help reverse that trend by providing more resources for our first responders.  Retaining qualified and experienced police officers should be a priority for everyone who cares about Baltimore.

Formed in 1983 by Police Commissioner Frank J. Battaglia with help from prominent philanthropists and business owners, the Signal 13 Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) committed to supporting the men and women of the Baltimore City Police Department. All of its funding comes from private donations, foundations and corporate grants.  For more information, go to www.signal13foundation.org.

We are confident that by working together with our partners and supporters we can make a difference.

Thank you for your support.

 

Please click below on the donate button and help the Signal 13 Foundation and make a difference in Baltimore police families’ lives

Please click here to subscribe to the Signal 13 – Call to Action Newsletter

Please also follow us on Social media: FacebookLinkedIn, Twitter, and Youtube.

 

 

 

Signal 13 Foundation Case for Support

Times have changed for police in Baltimore.

It is tougher now than ever before to be a police officer, but the need for a strong police force has never been greater. The Baltimore Police Department is short hundreds of police officers and those in the ranks are retiring at record levels. Baltimore needs police officers who feel supported and are committed to the safety and quality of life for its citizens.

The Signal 13 Foundation Board made the bold decision to launch a $5 million endowment campaign to secure the legacy of Signal 13 and its impact on police families for years to come. The Baltimore Police Department continues to struggle with the recruitment and retention of qualified police officers who often leave the department after a couple of years to work in nearby jurisdictions with higher pay. With your support, the Signal 13 Foundation can help reverse that trend by providing more resources for our first responders. Retaining qualified and experienced police officers should be a priority for everyone who cares about Baltimore.

The Signal 13 Foundation was founded in 1983 to support Baltimore Police and their families with financial hardship grants and scholarships. It is an independent nonprofit that is not affiliated with the Baltimore Police Department or the Fraternal Order of Police. Every dollar of support comes from individual donations, foundations, and corporate grants.

Please click below on the donate button and help the Signal 13 Foundation make a difference in the lives of Baltimore’s Police families.  

The average salary for Baltimore Police officers today is $60,000 which is below the national average. Today, police work under challenging conditions and their modest salary often does not match the critical responsibilities they take on. A high percentage of work is dangerous, and they often risk their life to protect a stranger with little reward or recognition. 

Signal 13 has come to the aid of hundreds of police families who need support. Most recently, the Foundation helped to buy a mobility van for a police sergeant who lost the use of his legs after being shot outside his home. Signal 13 also provided critical support to a young father severely injured in a training exercise who is struggling to pay his mortgage; and Signal 13 was there for a sergeant who was shot while trying to save the life of others. The department is hailing him as a hero. 

These brave men and women are also parents with children on track to go to college. Tuitions continue to increase at rapid speed, far outpacing wage growth, and families are feeling the pinch. Student loans now make up one of the largest segments of the U.S. non-housing debt with no end in sight. Signal 13 fills an important gap for Baltimore Police families and lessens the financial burden of providing a quality education for their children. 

Since 2010, Signal 13 has awarded more than $1.4 million in grants and college scholarships to the children of Baltimore Police personnel, both sworn officers and civilians. Signal 13 is unique and the only organization in the Baltimore area that does what Signal 13 does for these police families. Signal 13 can do even more with your help. 

We owe a debt of gratitude to the brave men and women of the Baltimore Police Department who risk their lives to protect us. Please join Signal 13 in supporting Baltimore’s Police families. Together, we can make a difference.

About the Signal 13 Foundation

The Signal 13 Foundation is an independent nonprofit that is not affiliated with the Baltimore Police Department or the FOP. Every dollar we raise comes from individual donors, foundations, and corporate grants.  Your support is more important than ever to continue our mission. The Baltimore Police Department continues to struggle with the recruitment and retention of qualified police officers.  With your support, the Signal 13 Foundation can help reverse that trend by providing more resources for our first responders.  Retaining qualified and experienced police officers should be a priority for everyone who cares about Baltimore.

Formed in 1983 by Police Commissioner Frank J. Battaglia with help from prominent philanthropists and business owners, the Signal 13 Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) committed to supporting the men and women of the Baltimore City Police Department. All of its funding comes from private donations, foundations, and corporate grants.  For more information, go to www.signal13foundation.org.

We are confident that by working together with our partners and supporters we can make a difference.

Thank you for your support.

Please click here to subscribe to the Signal 13 – Call to Action Newsletter

Please also follow us on Social media: FacebookLinkedIn, Twitter, and Youtube.

 

Jonathan Attman Joins Signal 13 Foundation Board

 

The Signal 13 Foundation is pleased to announce that Jonathan Attman, a partner and director of acquisitions & development at ATTMAN HOLDINGS, LLC., has joined the Signal 13 Foundation Board of Directors. Signal 13 is a local nonprofit that supports Baltimore Police families with financial hardship grants and college scholarships for their children.

 

Said Jonathan, “I’m absolutely thrilled to be a new member of the Signal 13 board and look forward to working with the other board members to help make a difference in Baltimore police families’ lives”.

 

Jonathan is a commercial real estate developer and investor. He sits on several local boards, including as vice president of the Jemicy School Alumni Board; Boys Latin School of Maryland Board of Visitors; The Old Line Society; and Lifebridge Health Leadership Society

About the Signal 13 Foundation

The Signal 13 Foundation is an independent nonprofit that is not affiliated with the Baltimore Police Department or the FOP. Every dollar we raise comes from individual donors, foundations, and corporate grants.  Your support is more important than ever to continue our mission. The Baltimore Police Department continues to struggle with the recruitment and retention of qualified police officers.  With your support, the Signal 13 Foundation can help reverse that trend by providing more resources for our first responders.  Retaining qualified and experienced police officers should be a priority for everyone who cares about Baltimore.

Formed in 1983 by Police Commissioner Frank J. Battaglia with help from prominent philanthropists and business owners, the Signal 13 Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) committed to supporting the men and women of the Baltimore City Police Department. All of its funding comes from private donations, foundations, and corporate grants.  For more information, go to www.signal13foundation.org.

We are confident that by working together with our partners and supporters we can make a difference.

Thank you for your support.

 

Please click below on the donate button and help the Signal 13 Foundation and make a difference in Baltimore police families’ lives

Please click here to subscribe to the Signal 13 – Call to Action Newsletter

Please also follow us on Social media: FacebookLinkedIn, Twitter, and Youtube.

 

Signal 13 – Call to Action – April 2021 Newsletter

Thank you for your continued support of the Signal 13 Foundation and the men and women of the Baltimore Police Department. Times have changed for police in Baltimore. It is tougher now than ever before to be a police officer, but the need for a strong police force has never been greater. That is why your support of Baltimore’s Police families is so important.

One of the greatest honors as CEO is talking to the people Signal 13 supports. Whether it is a mother putting 3 kids through college or the wife of a police cadet severely injured in a training exercise, it is their stories that validate the mission of the Signal 13 Foundation.

Congratulations to Baltimore’s newest Police Academy graduates, who are now serving the citizens of Baltimore. The Signal 13 Foundation’s CEO, Nancy Hinds, and President of the Board of Directors, Sean O’Conor had the pleasure of meeting the Class of 20-04 and talking about the benefits of Signal 13 the day before being sworn in.

 

 

Supporting Baltimore Police Families through College Scholarships

The Signal 13 Foundation has expanded its role beyond helping qualified Baltimore City Police Department personnel in times of financial stress by funding college scholarships for the children of active members, both civilian and sworn. Scholarship applications are due April 15, 2021.  Please click here to review, complete and submit the Signal 13 Foundation scholarship application.

 

About the Signal 13 Foundation

The Signal 13 Foundation is an independent nonprofit that is not affiliated with the Baltimore Police Department or the FOP. Every dollar we raise comes from individual donors, foundations, and corporate grants.  Your support is more important than ever to continue our mission. The Baltimore Police Department continues to struggle with the recruitment and retention of qualified police officers.  With your support, the Signal 13 Foundation can help reverse that trend by providing more resources for our first responders.  Retaining qualified and experienced police officers should be a priority for everyone who cares about Baltimore.

We are confident that by working together with our partners and supporters we can make a difference.

Thank you for your support.

 

 

Nancy Hinds
CEO

 

Please click below on the donate button and help the Signal 13 Foundation and make a difference in Baltimore police families’ lives

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Nancy Hinds Interviews Wife of Injured Baltimore Police Trainee Cody Ruhling

In this video, Lauren Ruhling is interviewed by Signal 13’s CEO, Nancy Hinds. Her husband Cody Ruhling, a 29-year-old Baltimore City Police Trainee and U.S. military member (USMC & MD Army Guard) with one post 9-11 OEF to Afghanistan sustained life-threatening brain injuries during a police training accident.  Lauren describes how Cody is recovering from his injuries and how groups like the Signal 13 Foundation and the FOP are doing to help.

 

To donate to Cody and the Ruhling Family to help with living expenses during his recovery and to other police families like them, please click here

About the Signal 13 Foundation

The Signal 13 Foundation is an independent nonprofit that is not affiliated with the Baltimore Police Department or the FOP. Every dollar we raise comes from individual donors, foundations, and corporate grants and sponsorships. Your support is more important than ever to continue our mission. We are confident that by working together with our partners and donors like you to provide grant support and scholarships, our efforts will ultimately help with retention and recruitment within the Baltimore Police Department. Together, we can make a difference.

 

Please click below on the donate button and help the Signal 13 Foundation and make a difference in Baltimore police families’ lives

Please click here to subscribe to the Signal 13 – Call to Action Newsletter

 

Please also follow us on Social media: FacebookLinkedIn Twitter, and Youtube.

 

Thank you for your support.