Jan 10 2018

The nonprofit Philadelphia Police Foundation has named its co-chairpersons for its second annual Night for Blue, which will honor one of its founders, Patrick J. O’Connor, Vice Chairman of Cozen O’Connor and Chairman of Temple University’s Board of Trustees, and will benefit the mission of the Foundation to fund unbudgeted programs, equipment and training for the men and women of the Philadelphia Police Department. The event is scheduled on Tuesday, April 17 at 5:30 p.m. at the Ballroom at The Franklin, 834 Chestnut St, in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Police Foundation President, Maureen S. Rush, Vice President for Public Safety and Superintendent of Police at the University of Pennsylvania, said the Co-Chairs for Night for Blue are: Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia Eagles’ NFL All-Star defensive lineman; Michael Heller, CEO and President of the law firm Cozen O’Connor; William T. Bergman, Vice President for Public Affairs at Temple University and a PPF board member; Daniel H. Polett, President, CEO and Dealer Principal, Lexus of Chester Springs and Past Chairman of Temple University’s Board of Trustees; Ann Thornton Field, a Partner of the law firm Gordon, Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP, and a PPF executive committee board member; and Wendy Hamilton, General Manager, Sugarhouse Casino.

“We are grateful to these outstanding men and women who have volunteered to support our efforts to honor Pat O’Connor for his forward thinking in 1999 to help create the Philadelphia Police Foundation as a nonprofit resource to help fund the critically important, unbudgeted needs of the Philadelphia Police Department,” Rush said.

One of the highlights of the Night for Blue will be a live auction featuring one-of-a-kind experiences associated with the Philadelphia Police Department. These very special items include participation with the police department’s SWAT Unit, Police Academy, Patrol Division, and Marine and Aviation Units. For the first time, the event will include a silent auction that will include special items from the areas of sports, dining, entertainment and retail apparel and services.