On May 3rd, 2023, the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Foundation (MCPF) hosted a successful fundraiser luncheon, raising an impressive $145,000 to support their work and, most significantly, their Community Partnerships Grant Program. The event was a significant milestone for MCPF, marking its first fundraising event since the pandemic. Attendees, including those from well-known sponsoring organizations, were eager to come together and support the Foundation's mission to advance high quality, effective policing and strengthen police-community relations in Minnesota through training, outreach, grants and scholarships.
The luncheon took place at Town & Country Club in St. Paul and was emceed by Julie Nelson, a respected news anchor from Kare 11. Her engaging presence and professionalism added an extra touch of excellence to the luncheon.
A highly valuable aspect of the fundraiser was the opportunity for attendees to network with over 30 local police chiefs before and after the event. This allowed the participants to connect with key figures in law enforcement, fostering dialogue and understanding between the community and the police.
Maple Grove Police Chief Eric Werner shared how his agency benefitted from the Foundation's Community Partnership Grant program by hosting a community meeting that focused on fair and impartial policing. These types of community-focused engagement events are helping to build deeper trust and greater transparency between police and communities across the state.
One of the event's highlights was the keynote by David Horsager, a nationally renowned best-selling author of "The Trust Edge." Horsager's expertise in building trust and credibility resonated with the attendees, and his keynote speech captivated the audience, providing valuable insights into effective leadership and the importance of trust in law enforcement.
This fundraiser luncheon was a resounding success only made possible by the generous sponsoring organizations. Their unwavering support will give MCPF the resources to act on their initiatives and provide more community grants that will directly impact agencies and their communities, statewide.