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IACP Foundation: Save the Date for the IACP Foundation Fundraiser

By Michael J. Carroll, Chief of Police, West Goshen Township Police Department, West Goshen, Pennsylvania; Immediate Past President, IACP; Chair, IACP Foundation

s you begin planning for the 118th Annual IACP Conference this October, make sure your conference schedule includes attendance at the IACP Foundation’s Fifth Annual Fundraising Gala on Saturday, October 22, at the beautiful and historic Hilton Chicago, located on the Magnificent Mile.

Chief Warrant Officer Four
Michael J. Durant (Retired)
The Hilton Chicago boasts the stunning and elegant Grand Ballroom, which will serve as the backdrop for an evening of thrilling storytelling with special guest speaker Chief Warrant Officer Four Michael J. Durant (retired), Master Pilot and inspiration for the movie Black Hawk Down.

Little did Durant know when he entered the U.S. Army in 1979 that one day he would be the target of a Somali-fired grenade launcher, a prisoner of war, and the subject of an acclaimed book and major motion picture. The story of Black Hawk Down is a tense one, and Durant talks vividly about his experience as a solider and as a hostage and what it has taught him about being an American and a leader. An inspirational speaker, Durant illustrates the power of teamwork, leadership, and change through awe-inspiring stories, captivating visuals, and heart-racing accounts of life in the line of fire.

In addition to this outstanding guest speaker, the Fundraising Gala includes an elegant evening reception and dinner and has become one of the premier events during the conference. During this event, leaders of international, national, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies join with committed corporate supporters and conference attendees to raise funds for and awareness of Foundation programs and initiatives.

The gala evening will begin with a hosted reception and white-glove dinner, followed by the special speaking program. Although the entertainment and social aspect of the gala cannot be denied, the real meaning of the event lies in its ability to raise the profile of the IACP Foundation, highlight its projects and services, and create an atmosphere where fun and fundraising can truly go hand in hand for a great cause.

Last year’s event in Orlando, Florida, combined with the Foundation’s silent auction proceeds, raised more than $130,000. Your purchase of a ticket or a table at the Fifth Annual Fundraising Gala in Chicago, Illinois, will enable the Foundation to continue its mission of funding training and professional development for law enforcement agencies around the globe as well as providing educational support for the families of officers fallen or permanently disabled in the line of duty.

     Please plan on making the Foundation’s Fundraising Gala part of your Chicago conference experience. Ticket information is available at; click on the 2011 Annual Conference logo, and under the Event tab, click on Special Events—or contact Foundation Director Patricia Casstevens at
Partners who have already committed to the Gala include

  • Dinner sponsor: Lockheed Martin
  • Gold sponsors: Target, Motorola, Verizon Wireless, LexisNexis, Intrado
  • Silver sponsors: OnStar by GM, Taser, Northwestern University Center for Public Safety
  • Bronze sponsors: Blauer Manufacturing, W.L. Gore and Associates, ELSAG ■

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.

Please cite as:

Michael J. Carroll, "Save the Date for the IACP Foundation Fundraiser," IACP Foundation, The Police Chief 78 (August 2011): 10.

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From The Police Chief, vol. LXXVIII, no. 8, August 2011. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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