Patrick J. O’Connor To Receive ‘Night For Blue’ Award

Mar 9 2018

Patrick J. O'Connor Headshot

PHILADELPHIA, PA, March 8, 2018 – Noted Philadelphia attorney Patrick J. O’Connor has been selected to receive the second annual Founders Award from the Philadelphia Police Foundation at the Foundation’s “A Night for Blue” reception on Tuesday, April 17 at 5:30 p.m. at the Ballroom at the Ben, 834 Chestnut St. in center city Philadelphia.

O’Connor, Vice Chairman of the Philadelphia law firm Cozen O’Connor, served as President of the Philadelphia Police Foundation’s Board of Directors from the independent, nonprofit organization’s founding in 1999 to 2003. He was instrumental in creating the foundation and mission of the Police Foundation to provide funds for unbudgeted resources to strengthen the Philadelphia Police Department and promote public safety.

“Pat O’Connor provided the inspiration, leadership and organizational guidance to nurture the development of the Philadelphia Police Foundation in its infancy 19 years ago,” said Foundation Board President Maureen S. Rush, Vice President for Public Safety and Superintendent of Police at the University of Pennsylvania.

“Pat initiated a liaison with the top command of the Philadelphia Police Department and assured them that the mission of the Philadelphia Police Foundation was and continues to be ‘A Force Behind the Shield’ to support public safety in the City of Philadelphia through a strong, well equipped and well trained force of men and women. Our Founders Award symbolizes the outstanding and selfless contributions Pat O’Connor made to the Philadelphia Police Foundation and to the Philadelphia Police Department,” Rush said.

O’Connor is a trial lawyer who focuses his practice on litigation arising out of contracts, banking matters, estates, professional liability involving legal and accounting matters and health care. He is actively involved in many legal and professional, civic and educational organizations. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Temple University and is currently a member (and former Chairman) of the Board of Consultors for the Villanova University School of Law.

In addition to the presentation to O’Connor, the second annual “A Night for Blue” will feature silent and live auctions. The live auction will include one-of-a-kind experiences connected to the Philadelphia Police Department’s special units, including S.W.A.T, Marine, Aviation, Patrol and reality-based training at the Police Academy.

Co-Chairs for “A Night for Blue” are: Fletcher Cox, NFL All-Star defensive lineman for the world champion Philadelphia Eagles; Michael Heller, CEO and Executive Chairman of 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.

During its 19-year history, the Philadelphia Police Foundation ( has funded critically needed items to the Philadelphia Police Department that were not included in the city budget, including bulletproof vests for police officers and the Canine Unit; mountain bikes and bike equipment for the Bike Unit; equipment for the Mounted Patrol Unit; educational opportunities for command officers; new motorcycles for the Highway Patrol Unit; initiating seed money for an officer recruitment campaign; new interrogation and video equipment for the Detective Division; delinquency prevention and youth programs in city schools; equipment for the department’s Forensic Science Unit; and upgrading of equipment and facilities at police districts.

Information on sponsorship opportunities and tickets for “A Night for Blue” can be secured by going to