Howard Lake | 16 May 2011 | News Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Ireland Research / statistics AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Community Foundation for Ireland in association with Philanthropy Ireland is holding a breakfast seminar tomorrow in Dublin for advisors with an interest in increasing their knowledge of philanthropy.Seamus Mulconry, Chief Executive of Philanthropy Ireland, will present on what he calls “a snapshot of people’s giving in post Tiger Ireland”. Mike Gaffney, Tax Partner with KPMG will respond and also give an advisor’s perspective on when, how and if we need philanthropy advice.The seminar is based on brand new market research of over 1,000 adults aged 16+ by Behaviour And Attitudes for Philanthropy Ireland to gauge awareness and understanding of philanthropy and its role. The research revealed differences in people’s understanding of the concept, the amounts people give and how they give.Most claim in the market research to have given something to charity 11 times in the last two years. There are very marked variations in people’s understanding of philanthropy and in their giving behaviour based on their social class age and location.Irish people are very positively disposed towards philanthropy with roughly 42% agreeing and only 7% disagreeing that philanthropy has an important role to play in shaping society in Ireland.This event, which is KPMG’s offices, 1 Harbourmaster Place, IFSC, Dublin, will begin at 07:30 and is open to professional advisors and members of Philanthropy Ireland only.www.philanthropy.ie Philanthropy Ireland seminar will discuss new research 17 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
iStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — Dallas police and the county district attorney’s office are investigating after police said one of their officers shot and killed a 26-year-old man Thursday night upon returning home from her shift and entering the wrong apartment in her building.Preliminary information suggests the off-duty officer, who has not been publicly identified, was still wearing her police uniform and was returning home after working a full shift, the Dallas Police Department said in a statement Friday.The officer arrived just before 10 p.m. local time at the apartment complex where she lives south of downtown Dallas, according to the police department’s statement.She told responding officers that she “entered the victim’s apartment believing that it was her own” and at some point “fired her weapon striking the victim,” police said in the statement.The officer called police dispatch for help, and the responding officers administered aid to the man at the scene He was then taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.Authorities said they are awaiting family notification before releasing the victim’s name.The officer involved was not injured in the incident and was placed on administrative leave while the police department conducts a joint investigation with the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office.“This investigation is ongoing and we will release additional details as they become available and it is appropriate to do so,” police said in the statement.The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office said they do not have any additional information to release at this time, and the Dallas Police Department did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
– ‘Bittersweet’ –US midfielder Carli Lloyd scooped the best women’s player of 2016, the two-time Olympic gold medallist adding to her 2015 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year accolade.The American finished ahead of Brazilian star Marta and Germany’s Melanie Behringer.She described 2016 as “bittersweet”, with the US failing to win a medal for the first time in women’s Olympic football.Spain’s La Liga accounted for nine of the 11 players in the FIFPro team of the year with Ronaldo and Messi headlining a star-studded line-up.Ronaldo was joined by Real team-mates Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric while the side comprised four Barcelona players with Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta and Luis Suarez joining Messi.Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer — named to the FIFPro World 11 for the fourth year running — was the only player selected without links to Spain’s top two clubs.Juventus defender Dani Alves was included for a sixth time having helped Barca to a league and cup double before leaving the Camp Nou for Italy last June.FIFA also gave a fair play prize to the Colombian side Atletico Nacional.The team had asked South America’s football governing body to award a regional club title to Chapecoense after most of the Brazilian side perished in a plane crash on the way to the first leg of the final.– New honours –World football’s governing body launched the new award series after ending its six-year collaboration with France Football magazine for the Ballon d’Or.The change is one of many implemented under Infantino, who took over FIFA last year pledging to lead it away from the scandals that dominated the end of Sepp Blatter’s tenure.Speaking on the so-called “green carpet” outside the Zurich awards venue, Maradona said the prizes helped define a new FIFA identity.“After everything that was taken away from football, everything that was tainted by corruption, to see new people, new faces, that provides me with hope,” Maradona said.But the first 11 months of Infantino’s administration have had their troubles, including massive and often contentious FIFA staff overhauls and an ethics probe that ultimately cleared Infantino of abusing his office.Infantino’s biggest test to date is set for Tuesday, when FIFA’s powerful governing council will decide whether to back his controversial push to expand the World Cup to 48 teams from its current 32-nation format.Share on: WhatsApp Congratulations, Claudio Ranieri!Winner of #TheBest FIFA Men’s Coach 2016 ?https://t.co/LO8lWBKxpn pic.twitter.com/8czujwPzIz— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) January 9, 2017Having miraculously avoided relegation the previous season, the Foxes rode that wave of momentum all the way to the title.The prizes were based on a combined voting process involving national team coaches and captains, a select group of journalists and fans.Ronaldo took 34.5 percent of the vote over 26.4 percent to Messi, who skipped the awards show co-hosted by US actress and former “Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria.Barcelona said Messi was focused on preparing for an upcoming match against Athletic Bilbao. Delighted to win The Best FIFA award. Wouldn’t be possible without my teammates, coaches and you who support me every day. Thanks everyone! pic.twitter.com/1E1VkaYbTu— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) January 9, 2017Zurich, Switzerland | AFP | Cristiano Ronaldo claimed FIFA’s inaugural best player of the year award on Monday, the latest prize for the Real Madrid and Portugal star after a glittering 2016 for club and country.Leicester City’s Claudio Ranieri received the best men’s coach award following his side’s fairytale Premier League triumph.But the night again belonged to the 31-year-old Ronaldo, who edged out long-time nemesis Lionel Messi for the trophy as well as France’s Antoine Griezmann, the top player at this summer’s European championship.Ronaldo had already won the Ballon d’Or after his third Champions League title, thanks largely to his 16 goals in 12 games, as well as triumphing with Portugal at Euro 2016 — the country’s first major prize.“2016 was the best year of my career,” Ronaldo said after being handed the prize from FIFA President Gianni Infantino.Ranieri, 65, who saw off Real boss Zinedine Zidane and Portugal manager Fernando Santos, said the best coach honour was “incredible” after receiving the prize from Argentine football legend Diego Maradona.Under Ranieri’s leadership, Leicester pulled off one of the greatest shocks in English football history by defying title odds of 5,000-1 to lift the Premier League trophy last season.
The funds were collected by the office before January of last year. The money includes everything from cash bonds to outstanding juror checks, and more.Funds must be claimed by Sept. 1 or the money will be forfeited.Click here to find out if you have unclaimed funds. If you’re looking for some extra cash, there could be some waiting for you.The Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller’s Office just released its annual list of unclaimed funds.That means thousands of dollars need to go back to the rightful owners.
For the first time, England Golf will offer members and officials from golf clubs and counties the opportunity to attend an R&A Rules School hosted in England. By introducing The R&A Rules Education Programme in 2016, England Golf will offer delegates the potential to graduate through three tiers of Rules tutoring and learning. At each stage of development, there is the opportunity to sit an exam which is recognised throughout The R&A’s jurisdiction. Individuals can also achieve the ‘England Golf County Referee’ qualification via the Level 2 Rules School. Toby Thorne, Deputy Championship Director at England Golf, said: “We are delighted to collaborate with The R&A and adopt their Rules Education Programme. We hope that club managers, committee members, club pros or club members who want to become involved in tournament administration will see a clear path for their learning and development. Starting at Level 1, individuals can then decide whether they would benefit from progressing further.” Kevin Barker, Working for Golf Director at The R&A commented: “Rules education is very important to The R&A and our materials are used successfully by our affiliates around the world. It will be a pleasure to work with England Golf in delivering what we hope will be the first of many Rules Schools”. The schools are tailored to provide basic instruction for those newer to the game, as well as meeting the demands of more experienced officials looking for tournament specific guidance. England Golf will schedule a number of one-day, Level 1 Introductory Rules Schools during 2016. Dates and venues will be announced on the England Golf website in the coming weeks. In addition, the first Level 2 Rules School will be launched this summer during England Golf’s second Golf Week and will take place at Frilford Heath Golf Club on 11-12 August. Details regarding England Golf Rules Schools and education can be found by clicking here For anyone interested in learning the basics, The R&A’s online Rules Academy is the primary place to start. Caption: An England Golf referee advises on the rules during a championship (image © Leaderboard Photography). 29 Feb 2016 England Golf to introduce R&A Rules Schools in 2016
Four one-design classes competed in the annual Monmouth Boat Club (MBC) Labor Day Regatta, Sunday, Sept. 1. David Watts with brother Robert as crew, top left, won the Lightning Class with two firsts and a second in three races. John Luard, sailing with crew Keith Petrosemolo, top right, won the Flying Scot Class also with two firsts and a second. Doug Marsh, lower left, sailing with wife Kay, took Albacore honors with three wins and Steve Okinow, lower right, won the WoodPussy class. Series racing will continue at MBC until mid-October.
By Allison Perrine The Rumson Police Department has, like Oceanport, also noted an overall decrease in call volume since social distancing orders started. Borough residents have reported some car thefts, however, and the department is getting calls concerning violations of the governor’s executive orders. That includes residents outside with others, not wearing masks or face coverings. Kelly also minimized staffing in the department’s building at the beginning of the pandemic to avoid having officers in close quarters. Some were given administrative days at home, allowing them to be on-call but not in the office. Rumson Borough Police Chief Scott Paterson also has his officers in the proper PPE for serious and crisis calls, but they are keeping their distance as much as possible. They do not enter a house without proper equipment, he said. According to Oceanport Police Chief Michael P. Kelly, this issue is not unique to the borough or even to the county, as it is happening across the state. The belief is that there are two rings of criminals operating out of North Jersey who are stealing high-end cars and items inside them, like wallets and cash. But in March, there were a reported 30 car burglaries on the east side of Oceanport; two cars were stolen and later recovered in Newark. In April, in the Kimberly Woods section of town, there were four or five vehicle burglaries. According to Kelly, these rings usually take the cars, put them in containers and ship them overseas to be sold. There has been, however, an uptick in car burglaries in the area, as well as scam calls and first aid calls. MONMOUTH COUNTY – Police departments in the Two River area are reporting a general decrease in call volumes during the COVID-19 pandemic, as more people stay inside and keep off the roads. The parks are open during normal posted hours, available at monmouthcountyparks.com. Parking is limited to half capacity. Park rangers monitor visitor loads and can temporarily close parks if parking lots become too full. Buildings, including restrooms, shelter buildings and picnic pavilions are still closed. Answering emergency calls during the shutdown has created certain challenges. The department is trying to handle as many calls as possible over the phone; more serious calls are handled in person. Officers who are dispatched to any crime scene must take the proper precautions to keep residents and themselves safe; they wear personal protective equipment (PPE), including N95 masks and gloves. “I am so grateful to the Monmouth County Park System for handling the reopening of the parks and golf courses in such an exemplary way,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the Monmouth County Park System, in a press release. “I have always said that we have the best park system in New Jersey and I was proud to hear that Governor Murphy, who visited Thompson Park this weekend, publicly complimented the way the County parks were set up and monitored.” There is also a bail scam going on throughout New Jersey that targets elderly community members. Scammers are gathering information about the victims, claiming to be bail collectors and telling them that a family member is in jail and needs bail money. Aside from burglaries, the Oceanport Police Department is seeing an increase in first aid calls, not necessarily related to COVID-19 cases. More people are home, and Kelly believes that’s why there have been more calls of people falling, suffering strokes and experiencing mental health issues. The department has only had a few coronavirus-related calls. “We were lucky we had a supply of PPEs,” said Kelly. “We don’t want officers, and unfortunately it’s happened, bringing the virus back to the home.” Two officers from the department have needed to self-quarantine due to potential exposures to the virus. This past weekend was a true test for New Jersey residents. It was the first weekend after Gov. Phil Murphy reopened state parks and allowed county governments to open parks and golf courses if they chose to do so. Monmouth County opted to open their facilities and, according to the freeholders, it was successful. “I feel as though with the opening of our golf course and tennis courts and stuff like that, we’re going to see an uptick in those sorts of things,” said Paterson. “We’re hoping and praying and asking for everybody to do the right thing and pay attention to all the executive orders.” “Everybody has been hitwith them in MonmouthCounty,” said Kelly. “Weusually have them, butthey’re intermittent.” “That minimizes the number of officers here. Internally, that was the one major thing we did,” said Kelly. “I prohibited officers from congregating. Roll calls were basically done via phone or email so they wouldn’t all be in one area at one time.” “They’re preying on these people and they’re actually getting them to give their information and showing up at their homes,” said Kelly. He believes residents from five county municipalities have been impacted. The article originally appeared in the May 7th – May 13th, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.
Michael Machowsky2034315%50%$162,866 Philip D’Amato6114111123%59%$836,620 HORSEMEN HAVE MIXED VIEWS ON SUPER BOWL 50With apologies to Hemingway, Super Bowl 50 on Sunday could be labeled The Old Man and the “C,” the Old Man being quarterback Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos who turns 40 on March 24, and the “C” for Cam Newton, the youthful, Hummer-sized quarterback of the Carolina Panthers, who are favored by about six points, with the over-under around 45.With those two storylines the main focus of the championship game in San Francisco’s Levi’s Stadium starting at 3:30 p.m., it has generated international interest, including among horsemen at Santa Anita, which will have an 11 a.m. first post time Sunday so fans can be parked in front of their TV’s in time for the kickoff.According to Sports Illustrated, the American Gambling Association says Americans are projected to wager $4.2 billion on Super Bowl 50, with 97 percent made illegally.Following is a random sampling of horsemen based at Santa Anita, where wagering on horses is legal:Barry Abrams: Denver to cover the spread, but Carolina to win the game.Ricky Agarie: They’re two good teams but Peyton deserves it.A.C. Avila: Is it soccer?Bob Baffert: Now that I’m a semi-celebrity, I can’t tick anybody off with a selection, but I’m rooting for Manning.Richard Baltas: Carolina.David Bernstein: I’m a Manning fan but I think Carolina is the better team.Simon Callaghan: Panthers.James Cassidy: Carolina for obvious reasons.Vladimir Cerin: Carolina, 45-17.Phil D’Amato: Denver of course.Keith Desormeaux: Carolina’s going to kill them. It’s not even going to be a game. That’s what my gut tells me.Caesar Dominguez: The Panthers 33-17. It’ll be a blowout.Neil Drysdale: Who’s Cam Newton? I’ll see him Sunday. It’s my only football game of the year.Ron Ellis: Sentimentally, I’m going with the Broncos. Peyton deserves a good ending.Peter Eurton: Denver. They have an awesome defense.Paddy Gallagher: The Galaxy.Victor Garcia: Carolina easy.Mark Glatt: Denver and the points.Dean Greenman: I want to see Manning go out winning, but it’s going to be very tough.Jorge Gutierrez: Carolina is the best team. My team, the Minnesota Vikings, didn’t make it.Karen Headley: I only pick the coin toss, and I’m going with heads.Dan Hendricks: I’ll go out on a limb and pick DenverBob Hess Jr.: Denver. I’d like to see Manning go out on top. I’m old school for Manning and Elway.David Hofmans: I’m rooting for Denver but I think Carolina will win.Jerry Hollendorfer: I like Denver but Carolina is tough.David Jacobson: Broncos. My sentimental pick is for Manning.Steve Knapp: Denver. The old guy goes out a winner.Craig Lewis: If Denver’s defense can slow down or stop ’em, that’s the whole game. No pick. Just enjoy the game.Gary Mandella: I’m rooting for Peyton.Ron McAnally: Denver. Manning beat Tom Brady and Brady’s hard to beat, but Newton’s good. He can run, he can do anything.Sean McCarthy: Denver. I’m pulling for Peyton.Jeff Metz: Denver. It’s Peyton’s last game and he’s going out on top.Steve Miyadi: Denver. Everyone here picks Carolina and they’ve been wrong all year.Dennis O’Neill: Denver because everyone is taking Carolina.Doug O’Neill: The Broncos plus the points. I’ll be a contrarian.Hector Palma: Carolina. They’re too good.George Papaprodromou: Denver.Mike Pender: It’s a no-brainer. Cam Newton is one of the 10-best quarterbacks ever to hit the big stage.Mike Puype: Carolina. They’re playing with passion right now.John Shirreffs: Denver.Cliff Sise Jr.: Carolina. They’re strong right now.Gary Stute: Carolina.Eddie Truman: I think Carolina will win but I’m rooting for the Broncos.Danny Velasquez: I’m a Denver fan, but Cam can be tough.Tim Yakteen: The Panthers. FINISH LINES: Undefeated Breeders’ Cup Juvenile champion Nyquist will work five furlongs under regular rider Mario Gutierrez at 10:15 a.m. Sunday before the first race at 11 a.m. as he prepares for his three-year-old debut in the Grade II San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs on Monday, Feb. 15 . . . Through 25 days, Rafael Bejarano and Santiago Gonzalez were deadlocked for the lead in the jockey standings at 25 wins each. Phil D’Amato led Doug O’Neill in the trainers’ race, 14-11 . . . According to Santa Anita’s crack statistician Jason Hom, favorites are winning at a 36.28 clip (78 out of 215), while favorites on dirt stand about the same, 36.02 (58 of 161). . . Agent Tom Knust reports that Mario Gutierrez will be at Golden Gate next Saturday to ride Frank Conversation for O’Neill in the El Camino Real Derby. Frank Conversation worked five furlongs at Santa Anita today in 1:02.20 . . . La Brea Stakes winner Birdatthewire, prepping for next Saturday’s Grade II Santa Maria, worked five furlongs on the main track today in 59.60 for Tom Proctor, while Ocho Ocho Ocho, ticketed for Saturday’s Arcadia, went five furlongs in 1:00.60 for Jim Cassidy . . . The Race Track Chaplaincy of America will hold its annual golf tournament March 3 at Eagle’s Nest at Pebble Creek, 3645 Clubhouse Dr., Goodyear, AZ, 85395. Donations to the non-profit charitable organization are tax deductible and can be made to RTCA-AZ, 1501 W. Bell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85023. For more info, contact Chaplain John Shumaker at 623 810-6013 or [email protected] . . . David C. Lopez, the meet’s third-leading jockey with 19 wins, has been suspended three days (Feb. 11, 12 and 13) for an infraction in Thursday’s fourth race on It Behooves Me, who won by a length-and-a-half and was not disqualified . . . Former All Pro Washington Redskins quarterback Billy Kilmer will present the trophy for tomorrow’s Super Bowl Starter Handicap, which goes as the fifth race. (Kilmer came out on the wrong end of a 14-3 Miami Dolphins’ win in Super Bowl VII). Martin Garcia5886814%38%$493,479 SALUTOS AMIGOS, CAUTIOUS GIANT VIE SUNDAYHORSEMEN VARY ON SUPER BOWL SELECTIONSCHAMPION NYQUIST WORKS SUNDAY MORNING Alex Solis1530320%40%$193,268 Martin Pedroza4764213%26%$157,530 Bob Baffert4587918%53%$500,740 Jack Carava1642125%44%$90,410 Flavien Prat1031891517%41%$885,113 George Papaprodromou2342417%43%$101,410 Gary Stevens3145313%39%$577,410 J. Keith Desormeaux2351622%52%$147,390 Mario Gutierrez9610161110%39%$563,689 Vladimir Cerin1761235%53%$155,890 Doug O’Neill8011121414%46%$508,602 J. Eric Kruljac2342517%48%$91,100 Peter Eurton42613614%60%$396,120 Agapito Delgadillo4365614%40%$163,287 Patrick Gallagher1842422%56%$274,968 Mike Smith4963712%33%$544,345 Rafael Bejarano10925251023%55%$1,164,385 Edwin Maldonado86138915%35%$528,885 William Spawr2165229%62%$156,707 Carla Gaines2832211%25%$258,160 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Steve Knapp1831217%33%$99,980 Joseph Talamo10714151413%40%$681,344 Robertino Diodoro1435121%64%$100,340 SALUTOS AMIGOS, CAUTIOUS GIANT IN PALOS VERDESSalutos Amigos doesn’t have to carry his track with him as he showed in the Grade III Midnight Lute Stakes on Jan. 2 when he finished a willing second to San Onofre, beaten just a half-length in the 6 ½ furlong sprint.It marked the 35th career start for the six-year-old gelded son of Salute the Sarge trained by David Jacobson who owns a share of the bay Kentucky-bred along with Southern Equine Stable, LLC.Salutos Amigos has won 10 times racing from coast-to-coast, at Santa Anita, Belmont, Aqueduct, Saratoga and Keeneland.“His best races have been when the rider takes a hold of him, but he could probably do whatever we want him to, include going to the lead,” Jacobson said in assessing the Palos Verdes, “but we’ll probably let the speed go and fall right in behind it.”Salutos Amigos blew out four furlongs Friday morning in 50 seconds flat.Kristin Mulhall hopes to continue her winning streak with Cautious Giant in the Palos Verdes. She claimed the five-year-old Giant’s Causeway gelding for $40,000 three races back and has won two overnight races with him since. The Palos Verdes marks his stakes debut.“He’s doing really good,” Mulhall said. “He’s getting better and better. I claimed him because I liked his form. It looked like he wanted to run shorter and be a late-running sprinter.“We took a shot, put blinkers on him, and got lucky.”The Palos Verdes, race six of eight: Kobe’s Back, Gary Stevens, 5-2; Salutos Amigos, Rafael Bejarano, 2-1; Mystery Train, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Pulling G’s, Victor Espinoza, 7-2; Rocket Heat, Edwin Maldonado, 9-2; and Cautious Giant, Santiago Gonzalez, 4-1. Karen Headley730043%43%$137,860 Santiago Gonzalez12725171120%42%$954,053 Peter Miller6293715%31%$333,040 Mark Glatt4456211%30%$262,560 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS John Sadler4166315%37%$283,155 David Lopez951981520%44%$550,226 Mike Puype393828%33%$183,980 Hector O. Palma1932416%47%$73,410 Jerry Hollendorfer71761110%34%$414,401 Jeff Bonde2052325%50%$121,740 Abel Lezcano3241213%22%$169,870 Drayden Van Dyke7278910%33%$447,164 Brayan Pena2130114%19%$54,030 Richard Baltas5177414%35%$500,154 Kent Desormeaux45710516%49%$624,345 Tyler Baze12612221710%40%$691,116 Kristin Mulhall2152124%38%$193,955 Victor Espinoza373838%38%$485,460 Alonso Quinonez524838%29%$196,765 Jeff Mullins1636019%56%$114,784 Clifford W. Sise, Jr.1433121%50%$130,995 Fernando Perez941061611%34%$495,374 Kenneth Black1030030%30%$230,845 Ron Ellis1831217%33%$91,810 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Steven Miyadi3057517%57%$178,744 (Current Through Friday, Feb. 5)
One of Douglas La Bouff’s neighbors remembers him as a man who had the military in his blood at a young age. “When he was around 8 years old, he would always be running around the street with military battle fatigues on,” said Louis Perez, mayor pro tem of La Puente. On Saturday, La Bouff, 36, a major in the Army, was killed in a helicopter crash in northern Iraq, according to the Department of Defense. Military officials said La Bouff, along with seven other troops and four American civilians, was aboard a Black Hawk helicopter as part of an air team providing support for the 101st Airborne Division. They were flying between bases when communications were lost, officials said. The cause of the crash remains under investigation; military officials said it was the deadliest crash in almost a year. La Bouff was born in Baldwin Park and grew up in La Puente. He graduated from Bishop Amat High School in 1987, according to Dr. Merritt Hemenway, the school’s principal. A biography prepared by family members said that in high school La Bouff played football and earned the Congressional Gold Medal for establishing an anti-drug program in his community. He went on to receive a bachelor’s degree from Whittier College and a master’s degree from Cal State Fullerton, where he enrolled in the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps program. La Bouff made a career out of the military and was assigned to the Army’s 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment in Fort Carson, Colo. Army Capt. Robert Medina, a longtime friend of La Bouff’s, described him as a man who encompassed many commendable traits. “He was intelligent, physically fit, a devoted Catholic, a loving father and a perfect husband,” Medina said. Medina said La Bouff was in the military for 10 years and had almost completed his tour in Iraq. “He was in Iraq for 10 months and he was scheduled to leave in late February. That’s what is so tragic,” he said. David Lasher, assistant to the city manager, said flags at City Hall are being flown at half staff and will stay that way for a week as a sign of respect for La Bouff. “The family had a strong tie to the community, and the children grew up a few doors down from Councilman Perez,” City Manager Hal Ledford said. “There is an obvious sadness that goes along with knowing a family that was so prominent in the community.” La Bouff is survived by his wife, Karen, and two children. “He was everything that people should strive to be,” Medina said. “I think if he had lived longer he would have achieved more achievements and higher ranks and that’s what he wanted,” Medina said. “When you think of people dying in Iraq you (hear) of the young guys who are 21 and 22 who are out there on the front lines,” Perez said. “La Bouff was a major, the one making decisions, but you never know what’s going to happen when you step on a ship, on a plane or on a helicopter. You just never know.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!