Los Angeles Police Foundation’s Eighth Annual TRUE BLUE Fundraising Event

September 24, 2007

The Los Angeles Police Foundation’s (LAPF) Eighth Annual TRUE BLUE event will pay tribute to the men and women of the Los Angeles Police Department and those who support them.

During the event, ten LAPD officers will be presented with the Crystal Angel Award given for community service both on and off duty. One LAPD detective will become the first recipient of the prestigious Guardian Angel Award for outstanding duty performance. The Foundation will also honor Academy Award Winner Brian Grazer, producer of such hits as the FOX series 24 and feature films including The Da Vinci Code and A Beautiful Mind.

This "street party" style event will feature music, gourmet dinner buffets, wine tasting and more than 100 silent and live auction items. Unique auction items include a one-of-a-kind piece from Phillip Press Jeweler, two first class tickets to Europe, and a flight on a Russian MIG fighter jet.

Guests will have the opportunity to test their own judgment and tactical skills by participating in computer-based simulations of real world scenarios encountered by police officers in the field, on the LAPD Force Options Simulator. Guests will also see and test new police technologies, including the T-3 Personal Mobile Unit. The LAPD SWAT Team, detectives from the Cold Case Unit and Criminalists from Scientific Investigation Division are just a few of the more than 30 specialized units who will showcase their equipment and meet with guests.

Saturday, September 29, 2007
Media Check-in: 6:00 p.m.
Event Begins at: 6:30 p.m.

Paramount Studios
“Streets of New York” Filming Lot
5555 Melrose Avenue
Hollywood, California 90038

Mayor Antonio Villagraigosa
Police Chief William Bratton
Jim Wiatt, CEO William Morris Agency and Chairman, Los Angeles Police Foundation
Karen Wagener, President, Los Angeles Police Foundation
Honoree Brian Grazer
Albert Brooks
Crystal Angel Award Recipients:

Detective Joel Price, West Valley Division
Sergeant Pete Llanes, Wilshire Division
Police Officer Heidi Llanes, Pacific Division
Sergeant Caesar Gonzalez, Pacific Division
Police Officer Chiquita Brown, Training Division
Police Officer Jennifer Lee, West Los Angeles Division
Police Officer Eric Jackson, West Los Angeles Division
Police Officer Ray Webb, West Los Angeles Division
Police Officer April Carter, West Los Angeles Division
Police Officer Rashad Sharif, West Los Angeles Division

Guardian Angel Recipient:

Detective Lillie Franklin, Commercial Crimes Division

Media access to celebrities, film industry supporters, VIPs, community leaders, and LAPD interactive displays and demonstrations.

Media must have credentials to enter the event. Please confirm your attendance with Leslie Galerne, The Rogers Group, at 310-552-4104, or lgalerne@rogerspr.com, by Thursday, September 27, 2007.

Media parking has been reserved at the Windsor Lot located at the corner of Melrose and Windsor.

The Los Angeles Police Foundation was formed in 1998 to fund urgently needed programs, equipment and resources not available from the city. To date, more than $5 million has been awarded to the Department to assist in crime prevention, saving lives and making the communities of Los Angeles better and safer places to live, work and visit. The Foundation is the major source of private support for the Los Angeles Police Department.

To purchase TRUE BLUE tickets, or for additional information about the Los Angeles Police Foundation, please call 213-489-4636, or visit www.lapolicefoundation.org.

For additional information, please contact Police Officer Sara Faden, LAPD Media Relations Section at 213-485-3586.