The Denver Police Officers Foundation will host a luncheon for Denver business and community leaders to welcome Denver’s newest Chief of Police, Paul Pazen. The luncheon will take place on Wednesday, October 24, where Chief Pazen will share his growth plan for the city’s law enforcement and speak about his personal experience with the foundation. Hosted by FOX31’s Deborah Takahara, the luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Denver Athletic Club, 1325 Glenarm Place, Denver CO 80204, and is open to the public.
Tickets can be purchased at here.
The Thomas J. O’Byrne Health Fair, jointly sponsored by the Denver Police Officers Foundation and the Denver Police Foundation, is an annual gathering to provide wellness and excellence to Denver Police Department officers, retirees, and other public safety employees.
Founded by Chief of Police Gerald Whitman, the Health Fair was created in memoriam of Lt. Thomas O’Byrne, an officer who, in 2001, passed away at age 43 from a heart attack while vacationing with his family at Lake Powell. His passing at such a young age brought to light the toll that public safety careers can have on the body.
The Denver Police Officers Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that, with its funding toward the Health Fair, provides blood tests, heart and brain scans, proper dietary and health information, etc., to detect hidden or previously unknown illnesses that may threaten officers’ lives. The event occurs annually in October at the PPA Event Center.
Over the years the Denver Police Officers Foundation has sponsored an Officers Ball for Denver Police Officers and their families, inviting all local Law Enforcement and Military Veterans to participate as well. The Foundation solicits local sponsors to donate to the cost making it affordable for the Officers and their families to attend a “Gala Event”. They have been a great success with past Honorary Chairs such as Pat Bowlen, (Denver Broncos), Sharon Magness, Christian Anschutz, (Anschutz Family Foundation), Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancoch, and others. The purpose of the Officers Ball is to allow Officers to relax, visit, and have a good time once a year in a semi-formal event. This has been going on and off for over 60 years.
In October 2016, the Denver Police Officers Foundation sponsored the first “Annual Bowling Fund Raiser” at Monaco Lanes in Denver, Colorado. This event is underwritten by “The Carpet Exchange” and “Denver Police Foundation” who have generously supported the Denver Officers and Their Family’s for many years. Officers may show off their bowling skills as well as raise money for the Denver Police Officers Foundation. The event was a tremendous success and we are now planning a rematch in fall of 2018. DPOF supporters and citizens will be invited to participate.