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A Safer City

Hundreds joined the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation to show solidarity.

CEO Melanie Talia with Badge of Honor Honoree Jonathan and wife Debra Burnette

KENNY MARTINEZ

The Stake Out for Justice luncheon drew 550 patrons to the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel to support NOPJF’s mission of making New Orleans a safer place to live, work and visit. The luncheon not only supports the work of NOPJF; it also provides an opportunity for the community to come together in a show of support for the men and women of the New Orleans Police Department.

The Corporate Responsibility Award was presented to the Hermes BTP Foundation. Accepting on behalf of Hermes BTP Foundation was James Coleman Jr. and J.T. Hannan, Executive Director. The Ebbert Award was presented to Sheraton New Orleans Hotel and was accepted by Jim Cook, General Manager. The Badge of Honor Award was posthumously presented to NOPD Officer Natasha Hunter and accepted by her sister, NOPD Officer Kianka Hunter. The Badge of Honor Award was also presented to Third District NOPD Officer Jonathan Burnette. Chuck Wexler, Executive Director of the Police Executive Research Forum in Washington, DC, served as the guest speaker. Stephen Kupperman served as the luncheon chairman, and First NBC was the presenting sponsor. The invocation was delivered by Dr. David Crosby, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of New Orleans. Board Chairman Bob Brown introduced the Chairman Elect, Gregory Rusovich.

The Tom Fischer Duo provided pre-event entertainment and performed the national anthem.

Food and beverage was catered by chef Mark Quitney of the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, which included his award winning red velvet doberge cake accompanied by fresh fruit, whipped cream and a NOPJF white chocolate medallion.
 


EVENT AT A GLANCE

What: “Stake Out for Justice,” benefiting New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation
When: Tuesday, October 11
Where: Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

 

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