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IACP Foundation: Second Fundraising Gala Sparkles in San Diego

By Ronald C. Ruecker, Director of Public Safety, Sherwood, Oregon; Chair, IACP Foundation; and Immediate Past President, IACP


hree hundred guests joined the IACP leadership to celebrate the accomplishments of the IACP Foundation and its programs at the foundation’s Second Annual Fundraising Gala, which took place Saturday, November 8, in San Diego, California.

“We raised over $112,000 at this gala, and this was an opportunity for the foundation to offer a very public ‘thank you’ to all of its corporate and individual donors,” said outgoing foundation chair Major General Joseph C. Carter. “It is only through their contributions and generosity that we are able to provide the kind of high-quality training and support for survivors that are fast becoming hallmarks of the IACP Foundation.”

Best-selling author and guest speaker Joseph Wambaugh surprised the crowd by arriving for the hosted reception that preceded the dinner and spent over an hour mingling with guests, signing autographs, and taking photos with many of the lucky attendees. “I was excited just to come and hear Joe talk,” said one chief and long-time fan of the writer, “but for him to walk among the crowd and to listen to him one-on-one was really amazing.”

Major General Joseph C. Carter, past president of the IACP, presents guest speaker Joseph Wambaugh with a token of gratitude from the IACP Foundation.
Secretary Walter McNeil of the Florida Department of Corrections, IACP third vice president, places a bid on an item featured in the silent auction, while Carl McDonald, national law enforcement initiative coordinator for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, looks on.

The gala evening began with a silent auction of sports and pop-culture memorabilia along with the hosted reception and continued into dinner, with Wambaugh offering remarks and a few old “cop stories.” Major General Carter, in his address to the crowd, talked about the impact that the foundation has had on professional policing in the past year. He spoke of the partnership in command-level training provided by Grantham University and the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety as well as the extraordinary $500,000 grant from the Motorola Foundation to enhance delivery of the Leadership in Police Organizations curriculum offered by the IACP’s Center for Police Leadership.

Finally, the general asked attendees to remember the faces of the Survivors’ Education Law Enforcement Trust (SELECT) scholarship recipients who were featured on event signs, reminding everyone that all of the awardees were real people, with real stories of law enforcement sacrifice behind them.

Mr. Wambaugh shares one of several "cop stories" with attendees.

As the incoming foundation chair, the author of this column closed the evening, again offering his appreciation for the continued support that Motorola has shown to the foundation since its inception as well as introducing a new partnership with Target: the Law Enforcement Business Fellowship. This fellowship will provide an intensive three-week training program, translating many of Target’s successful corporate training strategies into an instructional course for four command-level officers who will participate in the pilot program in the summer of 2009.

The board and the staff of the IACP Foundation offer sincere thanks to the following organizations that made the foundation’s Second Annual Fundraising Gala such a success:

  • Dinner Sponsor: Lockheed Martin

  • Gold Sponsors: Motorola, Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, Target, Verizon Wireless

  • Silver Sponsors: Digital Ally, JINSA, OnStar by GM, Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association

  • Bronze Sponsors: Alarm Industry Associations, Blauer Manufacturing, DuPont, Ericsson, the IACP Law Enforcement Information Management Section, Nestor Traffic Systems, Dan Rosenblatt, and W. L. Gore and Associates ■


The IACP Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization established to solicit, receive, administer, and expend funds for law enforcement–related charitable and educational purposes. Donations may be tax deductible; please check with your personal tax adviser. The foundation’s federal tax ID number is 54-1576762.


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From The Police Chief, vol. LXXV, no. 12, December 2008. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.








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