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Thank you to everyone who came out for this year's gala
at the Shaw Centre on October 28, 2017!

What started as an idea shared between three Ottawa Police Service (OPS) members has now become a longstanding tradition of giving back to the city they serve.


The sad headlines at the end of 2009 spoke of the senseless death of Cst. Eric Czapnik, who was fatally stabbed in his police car, a couple of days after Christmas,  as he waited outside the Civic Hospital.

Deputy Chief Gilles Larochelle, Superintendent Dan Delaney and Chief Vern White, sobered by the news and how it was impacting everyone who knew Cst. Czapnik, wanted to find a way to commemorate the fallen officer and came up with the idea of a police gala. The gala would celebrate the role of the OPS in the community, while seeking to support those agencies in Ottawa that help others.

"We wanted to create an event that brought together the community and members of the OPS to celebrate the work we do together that helps to make our city such a great place to live," said Supt. (Ret.) Delaney. "It was an opportunity to thank the community for being so incredibly supportive during the very difficult period after Eric's death."

Chief Charles BordeleauLess than a year later, the OPS Gala held its inaugural event in the fall of 2010, and every year local charities are selected as beneficiaries of the gala fundraising.  The charities are picked because of shared values with the OPS, a willingness to pitch in and help, as well as network within the community to fundraise.

"The real gist behind all of it is to provide an opportunity for the OPS to laud the work of its members and elevate the role of police in the community," said OPS Gala organizer Inspector Mike Laviolette. "We wanted to show police in a different light and make a meaningful contribution to our community partners."

The event is more than just an excuse to get dressed up; it helps to send a positive message to the community about the men and women who protect and serve the city.

"Prior to the gala, the only time we'd put on our dress uniforms was for attending funerals and memorials," said Supt. (Ret.) Delaney. "We wanted to give our members a venue where they could put on their number one uniforms and celebrate."

Last fall's charity recipients, The Ottawa Distress Centre and the Youville Centre, each received a cheque for $50,000, raising the total amount collected for local charities to $645,000 to-date.

"Every year we celebrate not only our police service, but also those who work tirelessly to make this city one of the best places to live," said Chief Charles Bordeleau. "The gala has a lasting impact beyond the event itself through the funds we raise for local charities that deliver much needed services and programs to the most vulnerable in our community."

The OPS Gala was lucky to have partnered with corporate sponsors Telus and the Barley Mow in 2016, which helped to make the event such a great success. Tickets to the event sold out quickly.

"It's an investment for us," said Insp. Laviolette. "We value what these charities bring to the table."

If you couldn't make it to the gala, but still want to donate to this year's beneficiaries, please visit their websites at: Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa, and Ottawa Victim Services.

 

A great big thank you to our platinum sponsors:

The Barley Mow   Telus

And thank you to our media sponsors:

  


Ottawa Police raises $100,000 for local charities during annual Gala

January 20, 2017

OTTAWA--Ottawa Police Service Chief Charles Bordeleau presented two cheques, each totalling $50,000, to the Ottawa Distress Centre and the Youville Centre, at the January 23, 2017 Ottawa Police Services Board's meeting. The cheques represent the total funds raised at the seventh annual Police Gala held on Saturday, November 5, 2016, at the Shaw Centre.

The Ottawa Police has been hosting the Gala since 2010 and has raised $645,000 to date.

"Every year we celebrate not only our police service, but also those who work tirelessly to make this city one of the best places to live," said Chief Charles Bordeleau. "The gala has a lasting impact beyond the event itself through the funds we raise for local charities that deliver much needed services and programs to the most vulnerable in our community."

Applications from local registered charities interested in becoming the next charity of choice are currently being accepted. Interested applicants can complete and submit a Charitable Application Form. The deadline for applications is February 20, 2017.

The OPS would like to acknowledge this past year's Gala sponsors for their commitment and leadership, particularly the two Platinum Sponsors, TELUSand theBarley Mow

The eighth annual Police Gala will be held on Saturday, October 28, at the Shaw Centre. Tickets for this event will go on sale in the spring.