The Community Law Enforcement Foundation of Morgan Hill Inc.

The Community Law Enforcement Foundation of Morgan Hill

January 2013 


In this issue
:: Cops & Robbers Ball
:: Message from Our President
:: First Annual Toy Drive
:: Board Member Profile
:: Sponsorship Opportunities
:: Donations
:: Contact Us
:: Board of Directors
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Tickets on sale now!
The 2013 Cops & Robbers Ball will be held on the evening of Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the Community & Cultural Center.  We hope that you can join us.

Order your tickets online at or purchase them at BookSmart starting February 1.

For more information or to help, please email

Message from our Incoming President

James Keen    


I have been on the board of directors for over 2 years now I am excited to take on the role as President of the Community Law Enforcement Foundation (CLEF). Public safety has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember and being a lifelong resident of Morgan Hill I am honored to work for and with this organization.


My goals for this year are to increase awareness of the organization throughout the community, increase contributions to enhance programs that we already sponsor and support like the "Parent Program", the "VIP" Volunteer in Police program and to provide funding for better technology to help keep Morgan Hill and the South County a safe place to call home.


Please feel free to contact me any time,


James Keen



First Annual Toy Drive


December 15th, 2012 marked the first annual toy drive sponsored by the Community Law Enforcement Foundation and the Morgan Hill Police Officers Association.

Despite rainy weather and competing toy drives, we ended up with 7 overflowing bins of toys that were donated to the local Toys for Tots center.  The toys were then distributed to disadvantaged children in Santa Clara County to ensure a very happy and memorable holiday for all.

Cookies, cider and free child ID kits were available for all children that came by the drive to drop off a donation.  Santa and his Magic Ship even stopped by for a visit.

We'd like to thank everyone that helped make this first year event a success and look forward to seeing everyone again next year.








Board Member Profile 
Craig C. van Keulen, Past President


Why do I support CLEF?  Part of living in a community like Morgan Hill is taking the opportunity to give back to the community in a way that makes it better place for everyone to live.  Joining CLEF as a volunteer and supporter was the perfect opportunity for me to give back to the Morgan Hill community that has given so much to my family and me!   


The CLEF circle of help started for me in 1988 when "CLEF 1" was formed by friends of mine named Avila, Knopf, Williams, Lazzarini and Etchebarne, to help support the Morgan Hill Police Department when it was first hit by budget cuts.  It served a big need in the Morgan Hill community, that being to get behind and support our MHPD that works tirelessly to keep safe the businesses and families in our community, making it a better place for all of us to live in.   


During the CLEF 1 years we also provided the funding for a couple of police dogs, as well as other support needed by the MHPD.  In the 1990's I was one of the CLEF Presidents.  Over time as the Morgan Hill Community changed and grew, and people moved on and no longer had the time or energy to do the hard work of operating a completely volunteer, non-profit organization, CLEF went dormant.   


Then many years later in 2008 under the guidance of then police chief Bruce Cummings, CLEF was revived by two Leadership Morgan Hill graduates and CLEF 2 was formed with the same goal in mind, to support the MHPD, so the MHPD could do the best job possible to make Morgan Hill the safest and best place to live.   


In 2012, I again saw a need to help CLEF and to support its great mission, by using my skills to help it move from where it was to where it wanted to be, which was a self-sustaining, completely volunteer, next generation non-profit that could have a large, supportive impact on the needs of the MHPD during these difficult economic times. We are all busy people, but sometimes you just have to jump in, roll up your sleeves and get involved.  It's not hard, but a lot of fun and very rewarding when you are working with great people, with great passion, for a great purpose, community safety.   


I was honored to again be elected President of CLEF, and privileged to work with all the wonderful, hardworking citizens of Morgan Hill on the CLEF Board that devote so much of their time, talent and treasure to make Morgan Hill the best and safest place to live.  Together we were able to build the Board, develop a sustainable budget strategy, develop a grant program, and host the First Annual Black Tie, Cops & Robbers Ball, which turned into the largest, non-profit, fundraising event in Morgan Hill history, netting over $73,000 for the MHPD and our community.   


If you want a great opportunity to serve your community, be with great people that care about our community, and help make your community a safer place to work and live, you will never find a more rewarding organization to join as a supporter and volunteer than CLEF!  Please visit our website at and come join us at our monthly Board meetings!  I'll see you there!

Sponsorship Opportunities 


The Community Law Enforcement Foundation's second annual Cops & Robbers Ball offers sponsorship opportunities to promote your business. Sponsorships are available at six different monetary levels ranging from $250-$10,000. 


For more information contact us at 


These valued sponsors have already committed to a 2013 sponsorship or donation. 
Morgan Hill Police Officers Association
Dolphin Enterprise Solutions Corporation
Commonwealth Credit Union
Firato Janitorial
Franklin Armory
Anritsu Company
van Keulen & van Keulen
Kevin Kayser
The Bueno and Daniel Families
Silent Auction Donors:
Tactical Training Associates
Andy's Orchard
California Sports Center
Cherisse's Hair Salon
CRC/Aquatics Center, City of Morgan Hill
Cricket & Mike Rubino
Lori McIntosh Photography
Pump It Up
Sicilia In Bocca
Paul & Diane Swing/David & Susie Swing
Toto Trattoria
WJ Bradley Mortgage Capital LLS/Laura Lundy
Dana & Elaine Ditmore
Dr. Nguyen DDS
Fast Frame
In-kind Donors:
Custom Creation Photography
Design Factory Graphics
South Valley Internet
Cal Color Growers
Virtual Thunder Designs
Thank you for helping us provide a safer community.


Interested in Donating? 
CLEF is a 501(c)3 non-profit.  If you would like to help support public safety in our community, consider a tax-deductible donation. 


Donations can be placed securely online via our website or by mailing a check to:


305 Vineyard Town Center, PMB 216
Morgan Hill, CA  95037 


With any size donation to CLEF, Custom Creations is providing a complimentary family portrait session and custom 5x7 print as a way to say thank you to our supporters.  Just go to for details.  You can use the session for your family or you can give it as a gift.



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Remember to double your impact by using your employer's company match opportunities.

Please consult with your tax professional for individual eligibility.
CLEF Contact Information 
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Board of Directors


James Keen, President

Davlyn Quick, Vice President

Doug Moffat, Vice President  

Mike Berlinski, Secretary

Sharron Daniel, Treasurer

Stu Carson, Board Member

John Bautista, Board Member

Dan Makinster, Board Member

Craig C. van Keulen, Past President  

David Cohen, Founder & Director Emeritus

Carl Schindler, Director Emeritus 


MHPD Liaisons:


Chief David Swing

Corporal Carlos Guerrero



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