As part of DSSAA’s efforts to encourage participation in the 2019 National Police Week 5K event, our friends at US Embassy Cotonou held their own fun race. Members of U.S. Marine Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team (FAST) members were in town for a two-week contingency response exercise and joined in on the fun! Thanks to Team Cotonou & FAST!!
Hey Golfers! We’ve got some exciting news! We have re-opened registration to fill a few remaining golfer spots for our upcoming June 3rd charity golf outing at The Golf Club at Lansdowne Resort in Lansdowne, VA.
REGISTER NOW for the 29th Annual DSF Mike Considine Charity Golf Outing and join us for a fun-filled day of golf while raising money for DSF. The day includes 18 holes of golf followed by a great luncheon with tons of fabulous raffle prizes. For more details and to register, click HERE.
As part of National Police Week 2019, and to honor those who have fallen in the line of duty, DSF, and our partner organization DSSAA, purchased and placed wreaths at the Memorial Wall at Diplomatic Security Headquarters.
The inscription on the Memorial Wall bears repeating:
“We honor all those who lost their lives in the line of duty while in service to the United States of America and the Bureau of Diplomatic Security. Their contributions are vital to our mission of providing a secure environment for the conduct of American diplomacy. The courage and devotion to duty of our fallen colleagues will never be forgotten”
We remember, honor and respect those whom we have lost.
The DSF Scholarship deadline is just a few hours away. All applications must be emailed to us by 11:59pm, May 15 (or postmarked 5/15/19). Student must be a (step)child/grandchild of a current, former, retired or deceased DS employee w/3 years service. Awards usually range between $2000-$2500, and usually there are 5-10 awards (every year is a little different). Visit us for more info: https://www.dsfoundation.org/grants-scholarships
Today we sent a grant of $2,000 to the family of a senior guard at the US Embassy Dili in Timor-Leste. The guard perished while rescuing his wife and young son from a flood at their residence. He had worked at the Embassy since 2005 and was a valued and trusted member of the LGF. Additionally, prior to his death, he had been nominated and selected to receive a Meritorious Honor Award for saving the life of a fellow guard.
We’ve had a lot of requests recently and as such have given out $14,000 in grants to those in our DS “family” who are suffering from a hardship or loss. We are honored, and humbled, to be able to provide for these hardworking men and women who keep American diplomacy safe. Thank you to everyone who donates to DSF - it is because of YOUR generosity that we are able to provide this assistance.
$2,000 to a local guard at US Consulate Adana, Turkey, to cover medical costs associated with a work-related injury
$5,000 to a local guard at US Embassy Lima, Peru, whose house was destroyed by fire
$4,000 to a local guard at US Embassy Ankara, Turkey, to assist with medical costs due to an illness
$1,000 to a guard at US Embassy Khartoum, Sudan, to cover burial costs for members of his family.
$2,000 to a local guard at US Consulate Adana, Turkey, to cover medical costs associated with a work-related injury
A complete list of all of our grants can be found on our GRANTS page
If you’d like to help us continue our mission of providing for those in need, please visit our DONATE page
Our friends at the Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund (FEEA) give scholarship awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 for one academic year, and federal employees, their spouses, and college-age kids are all eligible. Learn more about eligibility and access application instructions at www.feea.org/scholarships
29th Annual DSF Mike Considine
Charity Golf Outing
Monday, June 3, 2019
Don’t delay - this event will sell out. This is our main fundraiser of the year; started in 1990 by DS SA Mike Considine and dedicated to his memory in 2005. Last year’s event raised $235,000 for DSF. With these funds, we help those who provide a safe platform for American diplomacy.
This event is for golfers of ALL skill levels, and is a chance to play at Lansdowne*, one of the best courses in the DC area. Cost is $195/golfer…if you can only make it to breakfast/lunch the cost is $35.
Sponsoring the golf outing is a great way to support DSF. Last year we had more than 100 sponsors, who donated more than $200,000 to DSF. Individuals can become a Hole Sponsor at $100, and there are lots of levels for corporate sponsors. Be sure to check out the sponsors who have already signed up! www.dsfoundation.org/sponsors
We sure hope you can make it. Don’t wait too long - last year’s event sold out in March. Visit our website for more info: www.dsfoundation.org/golf-2019
*This year we have discounted rates at Lansdowne for hotel rooms and spa treatments.
We are honored to be able to help these families during their times of suffering.
THANK YOU to the RSOs who reach out to us and make us aware of these situations.
THANK YOU to our donors who make sure we have the funds to help.
Here’s a list of the grants we made in January:
$5,000 to the family of a local guard at US Embassy Caracas, Venezuela, who died in a motor vehicle accident. The guard is survived by a pregnant wife and a 2 year old daughter.
$3,000 to a local guard at US Embassy Podgorica, Montenegro, to help with funeral costs for her husband who died in a motor vehicle accident.
$3,500 to the family of a local guard at US Embassy Cairo, Egypt who died unexpectedly and leaves behind a family including an 11 year old daughter.
2018 was a busy year for grants. We made 27 grants, totaling more than $112,000 to those in the DS world-wide “family” who were suffering from a hardship or need. Additionally, we were able to provide $23,000 in scholarships for rising college freshman. A big thank you to everyone who donated to DSF in 2018, your gift allowed us to help so many. Thank you! Visit our Grants page for a complete list of all of our grants.
DSF Scholarship application is now available! $2500 award for high school senior who is a child/grandchild/step of a DS employee/contractor (not just Special Agents), planning on attending any institute of "higher" learning (at the university, community or vocational level. Visit our website for specifics and a list of past winners. Last year we gave out $23,000 in scholarships! Deadline to apply is May 15. Award July 2019.
Registration for the 2019 National Police Week 5K (NPW 5K) Run/Walk is open and together, DSF and DSSAA are hosting the DS team. Team DS is traditionally one of the largest teams to run/walk the NPW 5K. Last year, Team DS won the overall race with the fastest average time. We invite all DS Employees, contractors, family members, and friends to come run as part of Team DS. Families and children are welcome and encouraged.
And on a more fun note, here’s a list of DC restaurants that are offering Shutdown specials, from discounts to free eats. “Because some of those 800,000 workers without paychecks now lack the disposable income to go out and eat, many restaurants are also offering discounts to help keep their own businesses busy.”
The Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA) wants to make it easier for those affected by the shutdown to find resources that can help. They’ve created a page on their website www.feea.org/shutdown where they’re compiling articles that link to both national and regional resources and will continue adding to the list while the shutdown continues.
Our partner organization, DSSAA, is hosting their first Social Hour of 2019 this Wednesday, January 16, from 5-7 pm, at the Continental in Rosslyn
Open to to all current and retired DS employees, not just members of DSSAA! Come relax, network, and see old friends outside of work.
Food and Beverages: DSSAA will be providing a limited number of appetizers. Wednesday is half-price burger day and many other specials are available. https://continentalpoollounge.com/
Parking: DSSAA has worked with DS/EX to open SA-20 parking for this event. If you have a valid DoS badge, you may park at SA-20 starting at 5pm. If you do not possess a valid DoS badge, street parking and local parking ramps are available nearby for a fee.
Come find us in the back by the bar. Hope to see you there!
Our condolences to the family of Special Agent Tyler King who passed away last month. An education fund for Tyler and Adrienne’s son has been set up. Memorial contributions can be made in the form of a check to Alexander King and sent to Tri-Town Teacher’s Federal Credit Union, 61 Jesup Road, Westport, CT 06880, ATTN: Alexander King Account. DSF is making a donation of $5,000 in Tyler's memory.
DSF has sent a check to support the family of Officer Hunter Edwards. On November 24, 2018 at approximately 10:50 p.m., Officer Hunter Edwards, 30, was involved in a single vehicle crash on West Jubal Drive in the City of Winchester that took his life. Officer Edwards was responding to a call of a large fight just a few blocks away on S. Loudoun Street. Officer Edwards is survived by many family members including his wife, Tara Edwards, and stepson.
The Winchester-Frederick County Law Enforcement Foundation has partnered with City National Bank to establish an honorary fund in the name of Officer Hunter Edwards. Donations are collected at the Winchester and Stephens City branches are by mail (P.O. Box 662, Winchester, VA 22604). Please write “Officer Hunter Edwards” on the subject line of the check.
#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement. We’re proud to be a part of this celebration! We hope you will consider making a gift to DSF either via our website (www.dsfoundation.org) or on our Facebook Fundraiser page facebook.com/donate/303129880531402/ - Facebook will match up to $7M donated to charities starting at 8am on 11/27/18. With your gift, we can continue to help those in the DS “family” during times of hardship and crisis. Just recently, we provided $5,500 to the family of a local guard at US Embassy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso who died in a motor vehicle accident. And $6,500 to a DS Agent to help cover uninsured medical costs associated with an illness. And most recently $500 to the family of Sgt. Ron Helus, Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, who was killed while responding to the shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill of Thousand Oaks, CA on 11/7/18. It is with your support that we can continue to make these gifts. We hope you’ll consider making a donation today. Thank you.
Check out some fun photos from the 2018 DSF Charity Golf Outing which was held this summer. It was a crazy day - beautiful weather but flood waters from the Potomac chased us off the golf course. I’ve never seen so many golfers without shoes! Luckily, it was an epic fundraising event for us: we netted more than $236K. Amazing! Thank you to all who golfed, sponsors and donated. Registration will open February 1, 2019. Be sure to register quickly, we’ve sold out the past few years. #DSFGolf2018 #DSFGolf2019
It’s CFC season. We sure hope everyone who participates is picking DSF as one of their charities. The CFC is so much easier to use since they updated the process last year. And oh my, we can tell. CFC giving to DSF was up almost $10K from the year before. Yay! So log in and make your pledge(s). All current and retired federal employees - visit https://cfcgiving.opm.gov/welcome to make your pledge. DSF's CFC number is #96262