Backing the Blue
More than 650 gathered to show support for New Orleans law enforcement.
Chief Michael Harrison, Gary Lorio, Honoree Officer Chris Abbott and Event Chair Karen DeBlieux
The 22nd annual “Stake Out for Justice” event benefits the New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation, whose mission is to make New Orleans a safer place in which to live, work and visit. Karen Deblieux, Market President of the Southeast for Capital One Bank, served as Event Chair. The gala raised more than $350,000.
The evening recognized several honorees with awards. Recipient of the Corporate Responsibility Award was Gary Huntley, Vice President of Regulatory and Governmental Affairs for Entergy New Orleans. Recipients of the Ebbert Award were Dickie Brennan and Steve Pettus, Managing Partners of Dickie Brennan & Co. The Badge of Honor was presented to NOPD Officer Chris Abbott and NOPD Sgt. Ray Jones. NOPD Officer Marcus McNeil was posthumously honored with the Badge of Honor.
The keynote address was delivered by Nola Joyce, retired Deputy Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department. She stated that the NOPD is developing into a national model for delivering effective crime fighting without sacrificing rigorous constitutional protections. Additionally, she commended the critical pivot that NOPD is making toward an unparalleled integration of data and technology to guide their law enforcement efforts.
More than 50 organizations, restaurants and venues participated by donating items displayed as table centerpieces, which evoked the best of the theme, “Love BLUE; Live NOLA.” These centerpieces highlighted the numerous events, iconic places and activities that make NOLA special, and the significant role the city’s men and women in blue play in each of these areas. One lucky winner from each table went home with a one-of-a-kind piece of New Orleans.
Event at a Glance
What: “Stake Out for Justice” benefiting New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation
When: Wednesday, November 1
Where: Sheraton New Orleans Hotel