Cuyahoga County Police Chiefs Association (CCPCA) Dinner
On Saturday, January 13th, we were invited to attend the Cuyahoga County Police Chiefs Association CCPCA) Installation dinner that took place at the "Westwood Country Club" on Detroit Road in Rocky River.
We did some research and learned that this organization was founded back in 1926 for the purposes of performing and building up an official mutual friendship between members, devising methods and suggesting ways for the advancement of the police profession, reading articles and discussing police incidents and experiences that will be of interest to the association, and seeking ways to improve the delivery of criminal justice to the citizens of Cuyahoga County.
On this occasion, Dr. Rustom Khouri, President of "Carnegie Management and Development Corporation", was honored as the 2017 Person of the Year. Chief Kelly J. Stillman of Rocky River, the newly installed President of CCPCA, read from the plaque to be presented to Dr. Khouri that he was receiving honor for his consistent and continued support of the CCPCA over the years by doing such things as hosting many important events at the "Red Tail Golf Club" in Avon. Most of all, he was being cited for his leadership of the "Crime Stoppers of Cuyahoga County" program since 2014.
As its website reads, "Crime Stoppers... encourage(s) citizens in the community to volunteer vital information helpful to law enforcement agencies to fight against crime." In April, 2017 we attended a "Crime Stoppers..." luncheon and wrote about it in this blog so see https://www.imwong.com/blog/2017/4/10/crime-stoppers-of-cuyahoga-county-luncheon
When he accepted his award, Dr. Khouri said that his involvement with "Crime Stoppers..." has changed his perspective about law enforcement and that he would continue to do all that he could to serve the organization. What's more, a lot of suggestions have been made to make "Crime Stoppers..." even more successful than it now is and he planned to incorporate some of these into the program in very near future.
A few moments later, Mr. Bill Branon, a retired and respected F.B.I. agent, announced that Dr. Khouri was also the recipient of the "J. Edgar Hoover Foundation Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement" and would therefore receive a check for $1,500.00. As Mr. Branon predicted, and to know one's surprise, Dr. Khouri said that he would indeed donate the $1,500.00 to "Crime Stoppers of Cuyahoga County".
Everyone in the room who knew Dr. Khouri has nothing but warm praise for him. Mr. David Wright, Commander with the Cleveland Clinic Police Dept. and the former Police Chief of the Bay Village Police Dept., said that Dr. Khouri did things truly "from his heart."
Other people who attended the installation dinner were our colleague, Mr. George Koussa; our good friend Mr. Alex Machaskee; Father Peter Karam from "St. Maron Parish"; Mr. Fady Chamoun, the founder of "Aladdin's Eatery"; Mr. Bernie Kosar, former quarterback for the "Cleveland Browns"; and Mr. Steve Dettlebach, former U.S. Attorney who is currently a candidate for Ohio Attorney General.
Mr. Koussa and ourselves were present because Dr. Khouri had invited Ms. Margaret W. Wong and/or those from her office to sit at one of the several tables set aside for his guests. Thus, we want to thank his executive assistant, Ms. Marlo Hemminger, for organizing the rsvps and seating. During introductions, Dr. Khouri acknowledged that "Margaret W. Wong & Associates" had sent representatives. Sharing our table was Mr. Will Dalman, Senior Vice President/Regional Manager of Commercial Real Estate at "Huntington Bank" who was well-versed regarding EB5 visas so during dinner we discussed the process with him.
One of the more touching moments of the evening occurred when Chief Kelly J. Stillman was installed as the new CCPCA President. He was introduced by Mayor Pam Bobst of Rocky River who called him "a tremendous source of pride for the entire community." In the course of his acceptance speech, Chief Stillman talked about how important the institution of the "family" is to all of us as individuals and particularly for the members of the law enforcement community who always make an effort to be there for each other; thus, its family is "huge". With emotion, he reflected upon the ongoing support that he has received from his fellow officers regarding his own son's battle with cancer.
Chief Stillman urged us to think about what "true family" is all about and said that "we are all family and thank you for all that you have done for my family."
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