Backing The Men And Women in Blue

What do Elvis and  heavily armed SWAT officers have in common?

They both joined the party in a dramatic fashion as many of  our community’s movers and shakers  gathered to show support for the Houston Police Department.

The 3rd annual “True Blue Gala” benefitting the Houston Police Foundation was held Saturday night in the beautiful backyard of  Tilman and Paige Fertitta’s River Oaks home.

Houston Police Foundation Gala

(Tilman is pictured here with executive board member Bill Nelson and executive director Charlene Floyd)

The luau party theme was a fantastic backdrop for the entertainment which included “Elvis”,  island dancers and Polynesian style food.

Party goers also had a chance to see a demonstration of SWAT officers taking control of a “hostage” situation and get a hands – on – feel of what it’s like for officers to shoot a taser and administer a breathalyzer test.

In case you didn’t know, the Houston Police Foundation serves a vital role – connecting private investment dollars with effective public safety solutions.  The Foundation is engaged in an effort to leverage private resources to fund high priority law enforcement needs.

According to its website, since its inception the Houston Police Foundation has provided more than $1.5 Million for equipment and training in the Houston Police Department.

I took plenty of pictures at this spectacular event. You’ll have to wait until Monday to see the rest of them on the main Channel 2 website,, and click on “slide shows.”

 To make a contribution and learn more about the Houston Police Foundation:

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