Celebrating Excellence: Officer of the Year Award Ceremony 2024

Officer of the Year Winner, Captain Robert Bourque

On Thursday, May 16th, the Manatee Hundred Club hosted its main annual event – the Officer of the Year Award ceremony. This annual celebration honors the bravery, dedication, and exemplary service of our local law enforcement officers. Held the new Palmetto Marriott Resort & Spa, the evening was a testament to the unwavering support and appreciation our community holds for its protectors. From the well-attended gathering to the inspiring speeches, the night was filled with moments of pride and gratitude.

We would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Captain Robert Bourque from the Longboat Key Police Department, this year’s deserving recipient of the Officer of the Year Award. Captain Bourque’s exemplary service, leadership, and unwavering dedication to the safety and well-being of our community make him a standout choice for this honor. His commitment to excellence and his proactive approach to law enforcement have made a significant impact on Longboat Key and beyond. We are proud to celebrate Captain Bourque’s achievements and contributions, and we thank him for his exceptional service.

The Officer of the Year Award ceremony included attendees from all corners of our community. Friends, family, colleagues, and community members gathered to show their support for the incredible men and women who serve and protect us every day. The atmosphere was filled with anticipation and respect as everyone came together to honor this year’s remarkable recipient.

While the highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Officer of the Year Award, the ceremony also served as a poignant reminder to celebrate all members of our local law enforcement. Their dedication, courage, and tireless efforts ensure the safety and well-being of our community, often at great personal risk. As we applauded our award winner, we also took a moment to reflect on the collective achievements of our law enforcement officers and express our deepest gratitude for their service.

Senator Jim Boyd

A special thank you goes out to our distinguished guest speaker, State Senator Jim Boyd. His presence added immense value to the evening as he updated the audience with relevant law enforcement actions from the state legislature. Senator Boyd’s insightful remarks highlighted the ongoing legislative efforts to support our officers and enhance community safety. His personal words of encouragement and appreciation for the sacrifices made by our law enforcement resonated with everyone in attendance. We are grateful for his continued support and dedication to the well-being of our community.

A heartfelt thank you goes out to our gracious hosts for the evening. The venue provided a perfect setting for such a prestigious occasion. Its ambiance, coupled with outstanding hospitality, made the event even more special. Starting with impeccable service, every detail was meticulously handled, ensuring a memorable experience for all attendees. We wish the Palmetto Marriott Resort & Spa continued success in hosting future events that bring our community together.

We would also like to extend our gratitude to the generous members and businesses whose donations help make the Officer of the Year Award ceremony possible. Your contributions not only helped create a memorable event but also underscored the community’s unwavering support for our local law enforcement. Your generosity directly impacts our ability to honor and celebrate these everyday heroes.  Every donation, no matter the size, plays a crucial role in recognizing the dedication and bravery of our officers. Together, let’s ensure that we can continue to host events that celebrate and support those who protect and serve our community.

Outgoing Club President, Dr. Bob Nolan receiving a token of appreciation from Sheriff Wells

As the night drew to a close, there was a palpable sense of unity and appreciation in the air. The Officer of the Year Award ceremony was not just about recognizing one outstanding officer but also about acknowledging the collective efforts of all our local law enforcement. We encourage everyone to continue supporting and celebrating these everyday heroes who make significant sacrifices for our safety.

We also want to give special thanks and commendation to the incredible organizer of the event, Marie Lamarre, whose tireless efforts and meticulous planning made the Officer of the Year Award ceremony a resounding success. Marie’s dedication to the event truly shone through, creating an evening that was both seamless and memorable. Additionally, we are deeply grateful to Melissa Conway, the talented photographer who beautifully captured special moments of the night. Her keen eye and artistic talent have provided us with lasting memories that we can share and cherish for years to come. Thank you, Marie and Melissa, for your exceptional contributions to this wonderful event.

The Officer of the Year Award ceremony was a fitting tribute to the outstanding contributions of our law enforcement officers and a reminder of the importance of community support. As we move forward, let’s continue to honor, celebrate, and support all the brave men and women who keep our community safe.

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