|2013 True Blue Gala Honors Rick J. Caruso
Chief Charlie Beck and LAPF Chairman Lloyd Greif present the 2013 True Blue Award to Rick J. Caruso, Founder and CEO of Caruso Affiliated.
On Thursday, May 2, 2013, Hollywood, California, the Los Angeles Police Foundation (LAPF) honored L.A. developer virtuoso Rick Caruso at the 15th Anniversary True Blue Gala. This spectacular event took place on Paramount Pictures' backlot where more than 700 attendees feasted on Wolfgang Puck's fare and witnessed LAPD's finest in action.
Rick J. Caruso, Founder and CEO of Caruso Affiliated, was presented with the prestigious True Blue Award for his extraordinary commitment to public safety, our community and those in need.
"The Los Angeles Police Department is pleased that the Los Angeles Police Foundation chose to honor Mr. Rick Caruso with the 2013 True Blue Award," said Chief Beck. "Over the years, Rick has shown his leadership and commitment to the City of Los Angeles in many ways. His contributions to the success of the Los Angeles Police Department have been far-reaching. From his days as a Police Commissioner, his commitment to public safety remains unwavering. I am profoundly grateful for Rick's unending support of both the Los Angeles Police Department and the community we serve. In the years ahead, we look forward to continuing our relationship with Mr. Rick Caruso, one of our City's most visionary and influential advocates."
On hand to help pay tribute to Caruso was Master of Ceremony, Mario Lopez, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, LAPF Board Chairman Lloyd Greif and True Blue Gala Event Chairs Jeff Glassman and Jim Wiatt who all gave heartfelt praise for Caruso's tremendous efforts and support of the LAPD. And Paul Anka, accompanied by a 16-piece orchestra, entertained Caruso and the True Blue guests.
Rick Caruso said, "I have a deep respect for and loyalty to LAPD. I was able to see first-hand and up-close the amazing work they do every single day. The men and women of LAPD don't just protect our communities, they connect our communities. I am honored to receive this award and look forward to championing the department for many years to come."
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|2012 True Blue Gala
Pictured from Left to Right, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; L.A. Dodgers President and CEO Stan Kasten; L.A. Dodgers Owner Earvin "Magic" Johnson; L.A. Dodgers Owner and Chairman Mark Walter; Chief Charlie Beck and True Blue Event Co-Chair Jim Wiatt.
On Saturday, November 10, the LAPF honored the new Los Angeles Dodgers owners, Mark Walter, Stan Kasten, and Earvin "Magic" Johnson at the 13th annual True Blue Gala at Dodger Stadium's Top of the Park.
Approximately 500 guests had the opportunity to view the latest police technology, vehicles, weapons, anti-terrorism and crime-prevention equipment. LAPD officers were also on hand to provide demonstrations of the equipment and answer questions about all of the interactive exhibits.
The event raised just under $2 million dollars for the LAPF that will go to benefit programs for the LAPD in the areas of new equipment, upgraded technology, training, youth programs and community outreach.
Hall of Fame Broadcaster Vin Scully mastered the event that included a special performance by multi-platinum singer Brian McKnight. Chief Beck and LAPF Board Chair Lloyd Greif presented the honorees with the True Blue Award for sharing the LAPF's commitment to making Los Angeles safe.
Also in attendance at the event were Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; L.A. Dodger Hall of Famers Don Drysdale and Tommy Lasorda; Former L.A. Dodger Ron Cey; True Blue Event Co-Chairs Jeffrey L. Glassman and Jim Wiatt; Los Angeles Police Commission Vice President, John Mack; Los Angeles Police Commissioners Rafael Bernardino, Richard Drooyan, and Andrea Ordin; Inspector General Alex Bustamante; Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel; Los Angeles City Council Members Mitch Englander, Eric Garcetti, Paul Krekorian, Jan Perry, and Dennis Zine; Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich; and Assemblyman Mike Feuer.
A huge thank you goes to our True Blue sponsors. Your support of the LAPF is a tribute to those who protect our lives, our workplaces and our homes. Thank you for providing the resources that allow the LAPF to support the LAPD and the safety of our great city.
LAPD Heroes Honored at Inaugural Above & Beyond Awards Ceremony
LAPD's 2012 Medal of Valor and Purple Heart recipients pose on stage beside Chief Charlie Beck and Mistress of Ceremonies Jamie Lee Curtis.
On Thursday, May 10, 14 LAPD heroes were awarded the Department's highest honors - the Medal of Valor or the Purple Heart award - at the Los Angeles Police
Foundation's first Above & Beyond Awards Ceremony.
Nearly 850 guests gathered in the Grand Ballroom of Hollywood and Highland to honor the LAPD officers who had gone above and beyond the call of duty to keep our city safe.
Some made the ultimate sacrifice and many still carry the wounds they received during the harrowing incidents for which they were recognized. Mistress of Ceremonies Jamie Lee Curtis retold these officers' traumatic stories of bravery, partnership, and of fulfilling an oath to protect and to serve the community at all costs.
Check out news coverage of the Above & Beyond Awards Ceremony from the LA Times, the Daily News, and ABC7! Be sure to also take a look at the complete Above & Beyond photo album on our LAPF Facebook page.
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