The Denver Police Officers Foundation and Police Chief Paul Pazen wish to thank all of the sponsors and individuals who support our annual luncheon. Last year, it was our honor to recognize those who served our country on September 11, 2001, and who continue to protect our citizens as Denver police officers.
As our city’s only organization devoted solely to providing emotional support and financial assistance to Denver police officers and their immediate families, the Denver Police Officers Foundation relies on the luncheon to fund our programs, and we could not do it without the support of our generous sponsors. The Denver Police Officers Foundation has helped over 1,000 officers and their families since its creation in 1999.
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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 education and support 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. His passing at such a young age shed light on the physical and emotional toll that public safety careers can have on the body.
The Denver Police Officers Foundation is proud to support the Thomas J. O’Byrne Health Fair by providing funding, blood tests, heart and brain scans, proper dietary and health information, and other services to detect hidden or previously unknown illnesses that may threaten officers’ lives. The Thomas J. O’Byrne Health Fair occurs annually in October at the PPA Event Center.
The Denver Police Officers Foundation has sponsored the Officers Ball for Denver police officers and their spouses, as well as military veterans and members of other local law enforcement organizations. The Foundation solicits local sponsors to donate to the cost of the Ball, making it affordable for the officers and guests to attend this gala event. Past Honorary Chairs of the Officers Ball include Pat Bowlen (Denver Broncos), Sharon Magness, Christian Anschutz (Anschutz Family Foundation), and Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. The purpose of the Officers Ball is to allow officers and their guests to relax and socialize once a year in a semi-formal event. The Officers Ball has been in existence for over 65 years.
In October 2016, the Denver Police Officers Foundation sponsored our first Bowling Fundraiser, which has since become an annual event at Monaco Lanes in Denver. This event is underwritten by The Carpet Exchange and Denver Police Foundation who have generously supported Denver officers and their families for many years.
During the event, Denver officers and their families have a chance to show off their bowling skills as well as raise money for the Foundation. Citizens who support the Denver Police Officers Foundation are invited to participate. 2020 DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED