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Community Backs The Badge At The 21st Annual Black And White Ball

Black and white ball gowns, women dripping in ice, men in their finest, elegant ivory flowers on the tabletops, projections of black and white police badges and rolling footage of Beverly Hills police film stills on the walls of the international ballroom at the Beverly Hilton, there was even entertainment by the Four Preps and a presentation of colors.

It was a night for Beverly Hills to be proud of as more than 700 members of the its community attended the 21st annual Beverly Hills Police Officers’ Association Ball Monday to raise money for the association’s officers’ post retirement medical benefits, educational reimbursement and ongoing financial support during catastrophic illness.

The always heavily attended event brought out some of the City’s finest such as current police chief Dave Snowden, Fire Chief Tim Scranton, Mayor Nancy Krasne, current and former City Council members.

“The number one priority of the Beverly Hills City Council is to keep our residents safe and we treasure having the finest police department anywhere,” said Mayor Nancy Krasne. “The Black and White Ball is consistently sold out because of the enormous respect the community has for our officers and the exceptional service they provide.  Beverly Hills is blessed to have such a great relationship with our Police Department and we are thankful for the positive contributions they make to our City each and every day.”

Before beginning the three-course steak dinner, these attendees along with many others, enjoyed a silent auction in the Beverly Hills ballroom of the Beverly Hilton. The auction, coordinated by Snowden’s wife Ellyn, featured such luxuries as vacations, spa packages and fine-dining experiences.

As the hour approached 7:30 p.m. everyone scurried into the International ballroom for Snowden to welcome guests and introduce the Beverly Hills Police Officers’ Association President Det. George Demarois.

He thanked the community for their support, pointing out specifically FTA Events and its President Judie Fenton who annually puts together the Black and White.

“Year in and year out the community comes out to support our department at the Black and White Ball,” said Demarois. “We could not be as successful without their support.

“This community is truly unlike any other with how much they appreciate and support their police department.”

The night was not only a night to raise funds, but also recognize five of the department’s finest officers: Detectives James Greene, Max Subin; Sergeant Michael Publicker; Jailer Corazon Collera and Officer David Duncan.

Also mentioned were Detective Mark Parker who was awarded the Rotary Club Officer of the Year award; Disaster Communications System Member Peter Landau who was awarded the Lawrence I. Shapiro Memorial Award and Officer Kevin Orth who received the Masonic Lodge Policeman of the Year Award.

“The 21st Annual Black and White Ball was a huge success,” said Snowden following the Black and White Event.

“The money raised will contribute to the well-being of the many retired Beverly Hills Officers who helped to keep our community safe. Ellyn and I were proud to be part of it and to see so many people attend. The entertainment was great and the entire setting made it an evening to remember.”

ahood@bhcourier.com

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