New Orleans-style Jazz and Elaborate Fireworks Salute Those Who Protect and Serve

The 13th annual Houston Police Foundation True Blue Gala, All That Jazz, raises over $770,000 for the Houston Police Department

Michael Fertitta, Chief Troy Finner, Tilman Fertitta, Blake Fertitta; Photo by Alexanders
Michael Fertitta, Chief Troy Finner, Tilman Fertitta, Blake Fertitta; Photo by Alexanders

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Anne and Dr. Jim Muntz; Photo by Alexanders Fine Portrait Design
Anne and Dr. Jim Muntz; Photo by Alexanders Fine Portrait Design

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Twila Carter, Don Sanders, Christine Zenker; Photo by Alexanders Fine Portrait Design
Twila Carter, Don Sanders, Christine Zenker; Photo by Alexanders Fine Portrait Design

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Michael Fertitta, Chief Troy Finner, Tilman Fertitta, Blake Fertitta; Photo by Alexanders
Michael Fertitta, Chief Troy Finner, Tilman Fertitta, Blake Fertitta; Photo by Alexanders

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Michael Fertitta, Chief Troy Finner, Tilman Fertitta, Blake Fertitta; Photo by Alexanders
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Anne and Dr. Jim Muntz; Photo by Alexanders Fine Portrait Design
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Blake Fertitta, Dana Wempe; Photo by Alexanders Fine Portrait Design
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Caitlin Helfman, Max Chanon; Photo by Alexanders Fine Portrait Design
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Dr. Michael Kaplan; Photo by Alexanders Fine Portrait Design
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Dr. Theresa Tran, Senator John Whitmire; Photo by Alexanders Fine Portrait Design
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Fire Marshal Laurie Christensen, Liz Christensen, Carolina Peña, Chief Samuel Peña; Photo
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Guests at Activity Stations at 2021 True Blue Gala; Photo by Alexanders Fine Portrait Desi
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Janet Gurwitch, Ron Franklin, Julia Morales Clark and Matt Clark; Photo by Alexanders Fine
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Jennifer and Joe Van Matre; Photo by Alexanders Fine Portrait Design
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Keith and Alice Mosing; Photo by Alexanders Fine Portrait Design
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Kristina and Paul Somerville; Photo by Alexanders Fine Portrait Design
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Laura Mudd, Karen Thompson, Deanna Barton, Maria Bush; Photo by Alexanders Fine Portrait D
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Laura and Dave Ward; Photo by Alexanders Fine Portrait Design (2)
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Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Charlene Floyd; Photo by Alexanders Fine Portrait Design.
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Lisa and Stan Duchman; Photo by Alexanders Fine Portrait Design
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Lori Ginsberg, Dan D'Armond; Photo by Alexanders Fine Portrait Design
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Renee and Alan Helfman; Photo by Alexanders Fine Portrait Design
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Tilman Fertitta, Don and Laura Sanders; Photo by Alexanders Fine Portrait Design
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Twila Carter, Don Sanders, Christine Zenker; Photo by Alexanders Fine Portrait Design
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The Celebration

On Friday, November 5, 2021, over 550 Houstonians gathered at the Fertitta Family Residence for the 13th annual Houston Police Foundation True Blue Gala, All That Jazz. The sold-out event, hosted by Houston Police Foundation Chairman Tilman Fertitta and Police Chief Troy Finner raised funds for equipment and training for the Houston Police Department (HPD). Tenured board members, Laura and Dave Ward, were this year’s honorees for their continued dedication and commitment to the Houston Police Foundation. They were presented with a plaque detailing their acts of service, which will hang in the Fertitta Family Tactical Training Center.

The Story

While being serenaded by the David Caceres Band, guests enjoyed tasty bites from the various food stations from Landry’s, Inc. restaurants, including The Palm, Willie G’s, Brenner’s Steakhouse, Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse, and McCormick & Schmick’s positioned around the grounds that were lit up by Richard Flowers of The Events Company.

Dressed in their best “blue jeans and blue” attire, attendees watched LIVE training demonstrations from HPD’s elite units, including SWAT, Bomb Squad, Helicopter, the Special Response Group, K-9, Mounted Patrol, Solo Motorcycles, and many others. Attendees were also able to participate in several interactive demonstrations such as a Taser weapon demonstration with targets. Other highlights of the evening included interacting with a robot dog as it mingled among the guests and picture taking with the roaming photo booth.

The Moments

The eventful evening culminated in an impressive 15-minute fireworks display marking the end of a successful fundraiser for the Houston Police Foundation and celebrating HPD’s dedication to the community.

The successful event raised over $770,000 for the Houston Police Department.

Guests:Tilman Fertitta, Police Chief Troy Finner and Sheridan, Senator John Whitmire, Laura and Dave Ward, Alice and Keith Mosing, Kristina and Paul Somerville, Don and Laura Sanders, Blake Fertitta, Michael Fertitta, Sheridan and John Eddie Williams, Anne and Dr. Jim Muntz, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Dr. Michael Kaplan, Fire Marshal Laurie Christensen and Liz Christensen, Carolina Peña and Chief Samuel Peña, Janet Gurwitch and Ron Franklin, Jennifer and Joe Van Matre, Robert Browning, Edna Meyer-Nelson, Lawrence Berry, District Attorney Kim Ogg, Maria and Neil Bush, Renee and Alan Helfman, Twila Carter, and Constable Alan Rosen and Jennifer.

About the Houston Police Foundation

The Houston Police Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation formed by local business leaders to support Houston Police Department (HPD) projects. Donations made by individuals and companies fund special programs, officer safety, training, equipment, and new technology, none of which would be feasible under the City budget. Approximately 96 percent of HPD's annual budget goes to pay officers and other department personnel.