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IACP Foundation: Third Annual Foundation Fundraiser Reaches New Summit

Russell B. Laine, Chief of Police, Algonquin, Illinois Police Department; Immediate Past President, IACP; Chair, IACP Foundation

Photographs by Convention Photo by
Joe Orlando Inc.

lmost 350 guests joined the Foundation and IACP leadership at the Foundation’s Third Annual Fundraising Gala, which was held on Saturday, October 3, in Denver, Colorado.

For the third time in as many years, gala dinner proceeds broke the $100,000 mark, topping off at almost $120,000 raised for the programs and services of the Foundation—a milestone amount and the highest ever raised at a Foundation event.

“Without a doubt, this was the most spectacular evening we have ever hosted,” said outgoing foundation chair Major General Joseph C. Carter. “The message we heard tonight was loud and clear: that the IACP membership and our partner organizations truly recognize the value of moving leaders forward!”

Foundation Board member Ladd Martel,
W.L. Gore & Associates

General Carter’s reference to the Foundation’s tagline had developed as a theme during the evening as guest speaker Erik Weihenmayer took the stage for his keynote address. Erik, a blind adventurer and the only blind climber to ever reach the peak of Mt. Everest, spoke to the audience about the challenges he has had to overcome in his life to keep moving forward.

Erik moved the crowd from laughter to tears, not only recounting his struggle with adversity, but also emphasizing how qualities like persistence, courage, and team building are critical in achieving both personal and organizational success.

Following Erik’s inspirational presentation, the Foundation honored its first “Person of the Year” by recognizing Mr. George Heinrichs, president and cofounder of Intrado Inc. for his tremendous personal support of law enforcement. Mr. Heinrichs, a former Boulder County, Colorado, sheriff, led a two-year effort to create and fund the Public Safety Leadership Institute, a dynamic and rigorous year-long course that combines best practices of leadership, communication, and collaboration of the public safety community.

Major General Carter presents Erik
Weihenmayer with a soaring
eagle statuette

In addition to the gala dinner, the Foundation also raised funds through a series of silent auctions, earning almost $10,000 from the purchase of auction memorabilia as well as a special, commemorative firearm donated by Sig Sauer.

The board and staff of the IACP Foundation sincerely thank every individual and organization that participated in the gala dinner event, with special thanks to the following major sponsors:

  • Dinner sponsor: Lockheed Martin
  • Gold sponsors: LexisNexis, Motorola, Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, Target, Verizon Wireless
  • Silver sponsors: Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, NIXLE
  • Bronze sponsors: the Alarm Industry Association, Blauer Manufacturing, Mr. Dan Rosenblatt, Deloitte, Digital Ally, the LEIM Section of the IACP, W.L.Gore & Associates. ■

Major General Carter and
George Heinrichs, 2009 Person of the Year

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.



From The Police Chief, vol. LXXVI, no. 12, December 2009. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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