We can surely say a good time was had by all at the Gala

Editor’s Note: Gabriela Gregory is an Assist the Officer Board Member and Secretary.  The Badge & Gun asked her to provide coverage of the most recent event, one of the most exciting events staged annually by ATO and HPOU.


From Mayor Sylvester Turner striking the infamous “Charlie’s Angels” pose with Gala Winners to the amazing new venue, the much-anticipated Assist the Officer Heroes’ Gala on the

Saturday night of March 26 was a huge success!

The fun-filled evening began with a brief check-in and a passing hors d’oeuvres hour with an open bar.  In addition, Gary Hicks and his photographers were able to take group photos and print them in minutes for everyone to take home.

Guests were then encouraged to find their tables where they were delighted to find two bottles of wine to enjoy while the new ATO chair, Tim Whitaker, emceed the ceremony to honor three years of Gala winners.

Although Tim sprinkled in some bad jokes, guests loved him!

The guests also loved the new venue layout which allowed them to continue mingling between tables after dinner service or enjoying the eight-piece live band and dance floor that replaced the check-in area used at the beginning of the evening.

However, the balcony area became a crowd favorite as the night continued.

Many guests are already inquiring about the 2023 Heroes’ Gala and ticket sales and since the feedback has been so overwhelmingly positive, Assist the Officer is going to offer an early 2023 Gala ticket purchase!  Tickets can be purchased from April 7 to May 7 at https://one.bidpal.net/2023heroesgala/welcome.  The 2023 Assist the Officer’s Heroes’ Gala is currently scheduled for Saturday, March 25, 2023, at The Ballroom at Bayou Place.

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Mayor Turner with Gala Winners – Jeremy Medina, Raul Munoz, Lisa Gonzales, Ashley Kelley, Mayor Turner, Jordan Stepp, Eddy Powell, & Christopher McCain