Gunfire, Fireworks and Mayhem

James Bond makes spectacular helicopter landing at billionaire's River Oaks mansion and all hell breaks loose

James Bond makes helicopter landing in River Oaks, mayhem follows

James Bond leading the scene of the crime at the True Blue Gala November 2014
James Bond leading the scene of the crime in River Oaks. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Tilman and Paige Fertitta, from left, with Charles McClelland at the True Blue Gala November 2014
Tilman and Paige Fertitta, left, with Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Terry and Andy Diraddo at the True Blue Gala November 2014
Terry and Andy DiRaddo with police dog. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Gwen and Ed Emmett at the True Blue Gala November 2014
Gwen and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Neil and Maria Bush at the True Blue Gala November 2014
Neil and Maria Bush. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
John Eddie and Sheridan Williams at the True Blue Gala November 2014
John Eddie and Sheridan Williams. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Devon Anderson, from left, Charles McClelland, Maurine Ford and Katherine Cabaniss at the True Blue Gala November 2014
District Attorney Devon Anderson, from left, Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland, Maurine Ford and Judge Katherine Cabaniss. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Paul and Kristina Somerville at the True Blue Gala November 2014
Paul and Kristina Somerville. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Tim Connelly, from left, Jan Carson and Bill White at the True Blue Gala November 2014
Tim Connelly, from left, Jan Carson and Bill White. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Cappy and Darlene Bisso, from left, with Franco Valobra at the True Blue Gala November 2014
Cappy and Darlene Bisso, left, with Franco Valobra. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Greg and JoLynn Falgout, from left, and Alice and Keith Mosing at the True Blue Gala November 2014.
Greg and JoLynn Falgout, from left, and Alice and Keith Mosing. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Carol and Mike Linn at the True Blue Gala November 2014
Carol and Mike Linn. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Cal and Hannah McNair, from left, and Brad and Joanna Marks at the True Blue Gala November 2014
Cal and Hannah McNair, left, with Brad and Joanna Marks. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Philip and Lori Sarofim at the True Blue Gala November 2014
Philip and Lori Sarofim. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Taft McWhorter at the True Blue Gala November 2014
Taft McWhorter working on a painting for auction. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Dave Ward and Bond Girls at the True Blue Gala November 2014
Dave Ward and Bond Girls. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Fireworks at the True Blue Gala November 2014
Fireworks closed out the dazzling, Hollywood-like evening. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
James Bond leading the scene of the crime at the True Blue Gala November 2014
Tilman and Paige Fertitta, from left, with Charles McClelland at the True Blue Gala November 2014
Terry and Andy Diraddo at the True Blue Gala November 2014
Gwen and Ed Emmett at the True Blue Gala November 2014
Neil and Maria Bush at the True Blue Gala November 2014
John Eddie and Sheridan Williams at the True Blue Gala November 2014
Devon Anderson, from left, Charles McClelland, Maurine Ford and Katherine Cabaniss at the True Blue Gala November 2014
Paul and Kristina Somerville at the True Blue Gala November 2014
Tim Connelly, from left, Jan Carson and Bill White at the True Blue Gala November 2014
Cappy and Darlene Bisso, from left, with Franco Valobra at the True Blue Gala November 2014
Greg and JoLynn Falgout, from left, and Alice and Keith Mosing at the True Blue Gala November 2014.
Carol and Mike Linn at the True Blue Gala November 2014
Cal and Hannah McNair, from left, and Brad and Joanna Marks at the True Blue Gala November 2014
Philip and Lori Sarofim at the True Blue Gala November 2014
Taft McWhorter at the True Blue Gala November 2014
Dave Ward and Bond Girls at the True Blue Gala November 2014
Fireworks at the True Blue Gala November 2014

As is tradition at the annual Houston Police Foundation fundraiser, most often held on the grounds of billionaire Tilman Fertitta's River Oaks home, there is gunfire, a ruthless crime, bad guys, good guys and fireworks. And, yes, it was all in the script for Saturday night's record bash.

Just as the 850 supporters were digging into their grilled lobster, suckling pig and Tex-Mex fare from Landry's Inc., a helicopter soared overhead and landed as James Bond in white dinner jacket disembarked and headed for the party scene where he encountered various villains. The shenanigans went on as James Bond themes provided background music. After all, the theme was "License To Thrill, A True Blue Evening."

Guests tried their hand at the shooting range where they encountered M16 short nose rifles, Glock17s and MP40 submachine guns — blanks and soap bullets only.

Houston police — SWAT team and all — to the rescue with guns firing (blanks) and muscles in play. In setting the scene, let's just say that this was the safest venue in the country with dozens of police vehicles lining the streets, emergency lights flashing, and scores of police spread out across the vast acreage that slopes down to Buffalo Bayou.

In addition to dining under the stars, sup from the lavish buffet tables and sip from an abundance of liquid oases, guests tried their hand at the shooting range where they encountered M16 short nose rifles, Glock 17s and MP40 submachine guns — blanks and soap bullets only. They met police dogs, visited with officers (really sweet guys) and took advantage of photo opps with Bond girls in gilded bodysuits.

The evening, which honored Halliburton and CEO Dave Lesar, raised a record of more than $800,000 for much-needed equipment that is not in the HPD budget. As host Fertitta noted, 93 percent of the police budget goes to salary and benefits, leaving little for equipment and training. HPD chief Charles McClelland thanked the crowd for its support.

The night closed with a dazzling fireworks display choreographed to James Bond film theme songs.

It was a night to remember for guests who included dinner chair Laura Ward and emcee Dave Ward, foundation executive director Charlene Floyd, Katrina and Paul Somerville, Blake Tart III, Sheridan and John Eddie Williams, Carol and Mike Linn, Dancie Ware, Hannah and Cal McNair, Carolyn Farb and Lance Livingston and Darlene and Cappy Bisso.