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Hollywood Producers Come Out to Support LAPD at 2014 True Blue Gala



Film Producer Brett Ratner, Chief Charlie Beck, 2014 True Blue Honoree, Arnon Milchan and Event Co-Chair, Steven Mnuchin, LAPF Board Chair, Jim Wiatt, and Film Producer Steve Bing.


On Saturday, May 10, 2014, Los Angeles, California, the Los Angeles Police Foundation (LAPF) honored Oscar nominated film producer Arnon Milchan at the True Blue Gala. This amazing event took place on the 20th Century Fox Studios New York Backlot where more than 400 attendees mingled and witnessed LAPD's finest in action.

Arnon Milchan is widely renowned as one of the most prolific and successful independent film producers of the past 25 years, with over 100 feature films to his credit including Pretty Woman, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, the critically acclaimed L.A. Confidential and the 2014 Best Picture Oscar winning film, 12 Years a Slave. Milchan was presented with the prestigious True Blue Award for his commitment to public safety and portraying law enforcement in a positive light.

On hand to help pay tribute to Milchan was Master of Ceremony, Brett Ratner, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, LAPF Board Chairman Jim Wiatt and True Blue Gala Event Co-Chair Steven Mnuchin who all gave heartfelt praise to Milchan for his tremendous efforts and support of the LAPD.

The dramatic event was awash in LAPD Blue, as guests browsed displays and demonstrations from 20 different LAPD units. From sitting in the cockpit of an LAPD airship to meeting the four-legged members of the K-9 Unit and Mounted Unit to participating in the Force Options Simulator, guests were enthusiastic and delighted to catch a rare, inside glimpse into the LAPD.

Thanks to all who supported the 2014 True Blue Gala that netted $1 million to help fund necessary equipment, technology, youth and community outreach programs for the LAPD.




Master of Ceremonies, Brett Ratner regaled the crowd with several impromptu auctions including Chief Charlie Beck's business card.




Mayor Eric Garcetti attended the gala to help honor the 2014 True Blue Honoree, Arnon Milchan.




2014 True Blue Gala Honoree, Arnon Milchan proudly embraces his LAPF True Blue Award.




The "Saga Strings" quartet entertained the crowd with their high energy rendition of today's popular music.


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2013 Above & Beyond Awards Ceremony Honors 42 LAPD Heroes



Thanks to Verizon for being the 2013 Above & Beyond Awards Ceremony Presenting Sponsor. Pictured here is Glenn Eggert, Business to Business Director for the Southern California Region of Verizon Wireless, accepting a special LAPF plaque from Chief Beck, Mayor Garcetti and LAPF Board Chair Jim Wiatt.

On Thursday, September 19, 42 LAPD heroes were awarded the Department's highest honors - the Medal of Valor or the Purple Heart award - at the Second Annual Above & Beyond Awards Ceremony.

Mayor Eric Garcetti, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and nearly 850 guests were joined by Master of Ceremonies Chris Schauble from KTLA to honor the LAPD officers who had gone above and beyond the call of duty to keep our city safe.

Schauble retold the harrowing, inspiring and crime-fighting stories of the officers' exceptional bravery and heroism that included incidents going all the way back to 1946. Some made the ultimate sacrifice and many still carry the wounds they received during the incidents for which they were recognized.

Events inspiring the awards include the 1965 "Surry Street Shootout" in Hollywood, during which a man causing a disturbance and armed with a shotgun, rifle and revolver took an officer hostage and barricaded himself inside a house. For 90 minutes, 50 officers battled with the suspect until teargas finally enabled them to take him into custody. Three of today"s honorees are veterans of the historic shootout, which led Daryl F. Gates changing police tactics for handling snipers and barricaded criminals. Thus was born the elite, well-known Special Weapons and Tactics Unit, commonly known as the SWAT Team.

Thanks to all of our sponsors for helping us honor our heroes in blue!



Luella Tralle and David Tralle, daughter and grandson of LAPD Reserve Policeman George Booker Mogle, accept the Purple Heart on his behalf from Chief Charlie Beck. Mogle was tragically killed while apprehending a robbery suspect in 1946.





Chief Beck poses with retired LAPD officer Ronald G. Mueller who was presented the Purple Heart for critical injuries he received in the "Surry Street Shootout".



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