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Coolest party venue ever? Tilman Fertitta's jet hanger transforms into a police playland

Coolest party venue ever? Tilman Fertitta's jet hanger transforms into a police playland

027, Houston Police Department gala, October 2012, Dave Ward, Laura Ward, Paige Fertitta, Tilman Fertitta
Dave Ward , Laura Ward , Paige Fertitta , Tilman Fertitta Photo by © Federico Villamayor/CultureMapSNAP.com
006, Houston Police Department gala, October 2012, Kathy Hubbard, John Eddie Williams, Mayor Annise Parker, Sheridan Williams
Kathy Hubbard , John Eddie Williams , Mayor Annise Parker , Sheridan Williams Photo by © Federico Villamayor/CultureMapSNAP.com
072, Houston Police Department gala, October 2012, HPD Motorcycle squad , Harley Davidson bike, motorcycle
The night was all about the Houston Police Department and their heavy-duty paraphernalia. Photo by © Federico Villamayor/CultureMapSNAP.com
059, Houston Police Department gala, October 2012, Kathy Hubbard
Houston's first lady rappels down the hangar at Hobby Airport. Kathy Hubbard Photo by © Federico Villamayor/CultureMapSNAP.com
Houston Police Department gala, October 2012, Daphne Curry, Randy Curry, Charlene Floyd
Daphne Curry , Randy Curry , Charlene Floyd Photo by © Kim Coffman
Houston Police Department gala, October 2012, Norm Spalding, Susan Spalding
Norm Spalding , Susan Spalding Photo by © Kim Coffman
Houston Police Department gala, October 2012, Monica Hartland, John Blaisdell
Monica Hartland , John Blaisdell Photo by © Kim Coffman
002, Houston Police Department gala, October 2012, Police Chief Charles McClelland Jr., Maureen Ford
Maureen Ford , Charles McClelland Jr. Photo by © Federico Villamayor/CultureMapSNAP.com
Houston Police Department gala, October 2012, Carol Sawyer, Franelle Rogers
Carol Sawyer , Franelle Rogers Photo by © Kim Coffman
Houston Police Department gala, October 2012, John Ellis, Danielle Ellis
John Ellis , Danielle Ellis Photo by © Kim Coffman
112, Houston Police Department gala, October 2012, Officer Hudeck, Officer Barber, Officer Dillard
The SWAT team goes into action at the staged crime scene. Officer Hudeck , Officer Barber , Officer Dillard Photo by © Federico Villamayor/CultureMapSNAP.com
Houston Police Department gala, October 2012, David Wuthrich, Tara Wuthrich
David Wuthrich , Tara Wuthrich Photo by © Kim Coffman
038, Houston Police Department gala, October 2012, Officer Lance Gibson
Officer Lance Gibson Photo by © Federico Villamayor/CultureMapSNAP.com
015, Houston Police Department gala, October 2012, Officer Smith, Gunner, Ashley Miranda
Officer Smith , Ashley Miranda Photo by © Federico Villamayor/CultureMapSNAP.com
009, Houston Police Department gala, October 2012, Officer Kroesche, Officer Schwarzbach
Officer Kroesche , Officer Schwarzbach Photo by © Federico Villamayor/CultureMapSNAP.com
027, Houston Police Department gala, October 2012, Dave Ward, Laura Ward, Paige Fertitta, Tilman Fertitta
006, Houston Police Department gala, October 2012, Kathy Hubbard, John Eddie Williams, Mayor Annise Parker, Sheridan Williams
072, Houston Police Department gala, October 2012, HPD Motorcycle squad , Harley Davidson bike, motorcycle
059, Houston Police Department gala, October 2012, Kathy Hubbard
Houston Police Department gala, October 2012, Daphne Curry, Randy Curry, Charlene Floyd
Houston Police Department gala, October 2012, Norm Spalding, Susan Spalding
Houston Police Department gala, October 2012, Monica Hartland, John Blaisdell
002, Houston Police Department gala, October 2012, Police Chief Charles McClelland Jr., Maureen Ford
Houston Police Department gala, October 2012, Carol Sawyer, Franelle Rogers
Houston Police Department gala, October 2012, John Ellis, Danielle Ellis
112, Houston Police Department gala, October 2012, Officer Hudeck, Officer Barber, Officer Dillard
Houston Police Department gala, October 2012, David Wuthrich, Tara Wuthrich
038, Houston Police Department gala, October 2012, Officer Lance Gibson
015, Houston Police Department gala, October 2012, Officer Smith, Gunner, Ashley Miranda
009, Houston Police Department gala, October 2012, Officer Kroesche, Officer Schwarzbach

Not all of the 650 guests at the Houston Police Foundation "True Blue Gala" loved the drive to Hobby Airport, but there wasn't one in the bunch who wasn't blown away by the impressive party setting — Landry's corporate jet hangar. 

"Awesome" was the word most commonly heard among the crowd partying in the vast hangar that was set up with dining tables, dance floor, party decor and bandstand.

With the back walls of the hangar flung wide, HPD officers set up a veritable carnival of police activities. Want to know if you've had your legal limit of alcohol? Step up to the breathalizer. Want to wrap your hands around an assault weapon? Come on over.

Rappelling down the side of the hangar was limited to a few, but not before Mayor Annise Parker's partner Kathy Hubbard tried her skills at the controlled descent.

 Want to know if you've had your legal limit of alcohol? Step up to the breathalizer. Want to wrap your hands around an assault weapon? Come on over. 

Highlight of the hands-on activities were helicopter rides over the city. HPD arranged for two choppers to transport guests on a 30-minute city tour, price tag $500 per person. Before 9 o'clock, all slots were booked and there was a waiting list of big donors, who will get their chance next weekend.

For the bash chaired by Paige and Tilman Fertitta, with Sheridan and John Eddie Williams serving as honorary chairs, the Landry's/Events Co. team pulled out the stops. Food stations featured Landry's Signature Group specialties with servings of beef tenderloin, crab cakes, jumbo shrimp and loads more. No one left hungry. Not even the scores of HPD officers who seemed to be everywhere.

The event raised $500,000, thanks in no small part to supporters including Police Chief Charles McClelland, dinner chair Laura Ward, Channel 13 KTRK news anchor Dave Ward, foundation head Charlene Floyd, Houston Rockets CEO Tad Brown and wife Janice, Houston Texans COO Cal McNair and wife Hannah, Monica Hartland and John Blaisdell, Kristina Hornberger and fiancé Paul Somerville, Edna Meyer-Nelson, Darlene and Cappy Bisso, Channel 13 news director Dave Strickland and wife Tina and jeweler Wayne Smith with Denny Lyons.