Do The Right Thing of Coconut Creek, is a non-profit organization dedicated to recognizing and rewarding school-age youth as well as teachers for positive accomplishments, behavior and good deeds. The program ensures that young people are not only rewarded for “doing the right thing,” but also publicly recognized as role models for their peers.

About Do The Right Thing of Coconut Creek

The Do The Right Thing Awards program has been part of the City of Coconut Creek since 2018. The goal of Do The Right Thing is to foster positive relationships between local law enforcement and youth in the community. The Do The Right Thing Awards program recognizes youth for their bravery, courage and valor, such as volunteering, aiding law enforcement or other first responders, acts of heroism, leadership and positive role model behavior. The award distinguishes school-aged children who strive to make good choices, do well in school, give back to their community, or demonstrate a “turn-around” or improvement in their behavior, and to publicly highlight these students and their stories in the media to show that good kids are newsworthy.   


We have recognized a lot of remarkable young community members since the program began, and have made a lot of wonderful memories for so many people during this time. So many ceremonies and events were held throughout the past 7 years, from award ceremonies to scholarship presentations, contests, special events, and many other fun occasions.

Ceremonies are held at the City Of Coconut Creek chambers on a monthly basis. Do The Right Thing winners will be identified as role models within our community and a brief synopsis of the child’s good deed will be explained. Parents, local schools, city parks, sponsors and donors will also be recognized for their contributions and support for the Do The Right Thing program.

Some examples of good deeds:

  • Turning in something that was lost
  • Helping someone in need
  • Helping to keep their school safe
  • Acts of selfless service to include volunteering time in our community
  • Volunteering time to charitable organizations
  • Improving school grades
  • Acts which help improve our environment

Meet Our Board Members

The Do The Right Thing of Coconut Creek – Awards Program is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors, operating under the auspices of the Coconut Creek Police Department. Sponsorship and donations help make the program possible and children benefit from the generosity of our sponsors. We always welcome new sponsors and interested businesses willing to provide gifts and services to Do the Right Thing Awards Program winners. Financial contributions are also greatly appreciated. We are looking for more people to volunteer and serve on our Executive Board. New members are needed who are creative and have ideas, time and energy to help the program grow and recognize more students for Doing The Right Thing.

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Butch Arenal


Chief Albert A. (Butch) Arenal served as a member of the Punta Gorda, Florida Police Department from 1986 to 2015,…


Karen Matroni

Vice President

Karen E. Matroni has been in the commercial real estate field for the past 25 years. She started her career…


CarolAnn Bown


CarolAnn Bown is in her 30th year with the Coconut Creek Police Department. She started her career as a dispatcher…


Barb Hendrickx

Executive Director

Sergeant Barb Hendrickx started her career in law enforcement in 1989 in Naples, Florida when she was hired by the…


Jeannette Camacho

Police Legal Advisor

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Dr. Mark Bolhofner

Board Member

Mark and his wife Kathy are 1975 graduates of Coconut Creek high school. They have three adult children and four…


Judge John Fry

Board Member

Judge John Fry has been a judge for the 17th Judicial Circuit Court since January 2011 where his County and…


Tracy Lautomne

Board Of Directors

Tracy Lautomne has be affiliated with the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek since 2020. Tracy works with the ....

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