Organization has received only $2,000 in donations, grants this year



FARMINGTON — A decline in donations to the Bloomfield Police Athletic League in recent years has led members of the nonprofit organization to cancel various events this year.

The president of the Bloomfield PAL hopes residents will participate in and attend a weightlifting competition in Farmington Saturday, as the proceeds from the event will benefit the organization.

The Bloomfield PAL aims to provide recreational events and safety information activities for children across San Juan County through which they can build a relationship with law enforcement personnel.

Detective Jeremy Duran, the president of the organization, said the organization has experienced a decline in the donations and grants it has received this year and last year. The Bloomfield PAL has received about $2,000 so far this year and drew about $8,000 in 2016, according to Duran.

"It's a big hit to us," Duran said.

That is a drop from previous years, when the organization received about $15,000 in 2015, about $16,000 in 2014 and about $17,000 in 2013.

Those figure doesn't include donations such as food and items like bicycles and scooters the organization gives away during safety events.

Duran cited the decline in the oil and gas industries as a possible reason for the decrease in donations and grants.

"This year, we don't know what to expect in terms of future grants and donations," Duran said.

Events scheduled earlier this year, including the 19th annual Bloomfield Police Athletic League 5K and 10K Walk/Run, and a car show, were canceled due to a lack of people registering for the events.


Duran and organizers were concerned about losing money if enough people didn't register on the day of the events to cover expenses.

The PAL organizes other events, as well, including a Halloween carnival and the Summer Jam, which includes inflatable rides, basketball and live music.

An outdoor academy, during which volunteers take young people on a camping trip to teach them about safety, and a junior police academy are funded by the donations and grants.

Duran was thankful that the Defined Fitness gym in Farmington and Strong Warriors organization selected the Bloomfield PAL to receive the proceeds from this year's third annual Fall Classic Weightlifting Challenge. The proceeds will help pay for this year's Halloween carnival and future operations of the group.

Defined Fitness is hosting and sponsoring the event, while Strong Warriors is organizing and running it.

Toqua Ticeahkie, found of Strong Warriors, said there will be squat, bench press and deadlift challenges for men and women.

A king and queen of each of the three challenges will be crowned after multiple rounds of weightlifting.

The amount of weight used in each challenge increases each round until one competitor is left.

Ticeahkie said the Bloomfield PAL was selected this year because he believes in the organization, and it's benefit to the community.

Registration for the Fall Classic Weightlifting Challenge starts at 7:30 a.m., and the event begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Defined Fitness location at 1700 E. 20th St. in Farmington.

It costs $45 to register to compete. Admission is free for spectators to watch the event, but donations will be accepted.

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.

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