On November 10, 2015, on the westside of Manhattan in NYC, 100+ guests gathered for cocktails in support of the Federal Enforcement Homeland Security Foundation (FEHSF). The charity fundraiser event was hosted by the newly launched FEHSF Emerging Leaders Council, a group of young leaders in NYC representing law, business, finance and fashion industries in an effort to engage millennials and the younger generation in support of Federal Law Enforcement Agents/Officers who put their lives on the line daily to protect our country from terrorism, uphold our laws, secure our borders and enable us to live our lives in freedom.
Special guests included TV journalist Chris Hansen (of Dateline NBC/To Catch a Predator) and various Federal Law Enforcement executives and agents from the FBI, ATF, DEA, U.S. Secret Service, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The Hetty Group had the pleasure of organizing and producing this event, leading the Emerging Leaders Council in their first event after formation.
Florence Chung, Principal of THE HETTY GROUP serves as Executive Director of the Piacentile Family Foundation, leading the philanthropic ventures of Dr. Joseph Piacentile. The Piacentile Family Foundation (PFF) is a private foundation, dedicated to making a difference in the lives of others by building a more creative, secure, and just society. The Foundation is an expression of the Piacentile family’s commitment to social impact. PFF is honored to be able to channel its resources, its network, and give of its time and energy to support those that are making a difference in the community. PFF does not accept unsolicited grants, but engages in a thoughtful process to select programs, projects, nonprofits and causes that align with the following categories: Theatrical Arts, Social Impact, and Christian Outreach.
Learn more by visiting: www.piacentilefamilyfoundation.com.
The NYC Police Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization established by business and civic leaders to promote excellence in the NYPD and to improve public safety in NYC. The Police Foundation works directly in partnership with NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton to support programs designed to help the NYPD keep pace with rapidly evolving technology, strategies and training.
THE HETTY GROUP is proud to support the Federal Enforcement Homeland Security Foundation, with Florence Chung serving as Executive Director to manage its operations and position the organization for growth. FEHSF provides grants to Federal Law Enforcement Agents and their families nationwide, supporting them when tragically killed, seriously injured, or facing life threatening medical conditions. The Foundation’s College Education Fund also supports the children of Agents/Officers killed in the line of duty with college scholarships.
Hetty Group Principal Florence Chung served as a member of the Host Committee for the NYC Crime Stoppers Cocktail Reception in November 2014. The goal was to raise visibility for the program amongst a new circle of potential donors and supporters. We were able to engage a fresh audience of young, successful and diverse professionals for NYC Crime Stoppers. The event was held in partnership with NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton and it was a great success!
We recently had the opportunity to travel to Chicago with the Federal Enforcement Homeland Security Foundation (FEHSF) and hosted a luncheon to introduce the mission of FEHSF and establish new partnerships with leaders in charge of the Chicago offices of the FBI, U.S. Secret Service, Federal Air Marshals, U.S. Postal Inspection, and Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms & Explosives (ATF). They are great men, leading teams of Agents fighting the good fight against crime, terrorism, cyber security, fraud and drugs. We are proud to offer these leaders our friendship and the resources of FEHSF to help Federal Agents in their time of need.
The DEA Survivor’s Benefit Fund provides college education funds and financial support to family members of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Agents killed in the line of duty. We attended their annual fundraising dinner in October, which was held in partnership with celebrity chef Mario Batali at the famous Del Posto restaurant in NYC. Highlight of the evening, other than seeing Mario Batali in his shorts and signature orange crocs? – Hearing NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence & Counterterrorism John Miller‘s keynote, describing his experience interviewing Osama Bin Laden prior to 9/11.
THE HETTY GROUP had the pleasure of partnering with NYC based LAUREUS Sport for Good Foundation USA during their recent visit to Los Angeles. We connected LAUREUS with strategic influencers and stakeholders to help them gear up for their market entry into LA. Connecting this east coast Foundation to west coast players was just an initial step in helping pave the road toward future partnership activations.
We facilitated a strategic introduction for LAUREUS Sport for Good Foundation Executive Director Matt Geschke to meet former Superbowl champion and NFL Network On-Air Analyst Willie McGinest at the studios of the NFL Network in Culver City, CA to explore the expansion of youth sports programs in Los Angeles. We also attended a wine tasting fundraising event for one of Los Angeles’ premier education based nonprofits: LA’s BEST. LAUREUS Sport for Good Foundation was the presenting sponsor in support of after school education.
These days, most of what people know about law enforcement come from media (film, TV, social media). I had an opportunity to get a glimpse of the inside, with a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to be an officer on the streets of Brooklyn and what it takes to be a commanding officer of a precinct within the NYPD.
We drove through the toughest neighborhoods in Brooklyn that have the 2nd highest number of shootings in the entire 5 borough area of New York. The Commanding Officer shared with us his strategy and thought process behind how to keep crime down near the public housing developments and city homeless shelters where crime is rampant. He places officers there in pairs 24/7. And then there’s technology. There are surveillance cameras on the street poles that help with investigations when bad things happen.
The most interesting part of the night was when a large group of us entered the open courtyard of an apartment housing complex notorious for fights, drugs, and gunfire. A little girl walked up to us, curious and innocently wondered what we were doing there. “We’re just touring the neighborhood,” we said. “Why? It’s trash here”, said the little girl. The officer then said, “It’s going to get better. We’re working on it. I’ve been working here for 10 years and I’ve seen it get better. Don’t worry. We’re going to make it better.”
And while we walked through the courtyard, one of the residents decided to humor us by opening their apartment window above and blaring the cop theme song “Bad Boys” on high volume. We smiled at the welcome.
Two hours after we left that neighborhood, our Commanding Officer got a call notifying him that there was a shooting there.
These are brave men and women who patrol these streets, trying their best to bring a sense of order and control while preventing and solving crime. They tell me they’re just doing their job when they toward danger.
The experience gave me a deeper appreciation for the complex job law enforcement have and gave me insight into how we at THE HETTY GROUP might be able to play a role in building positive police-community relations.
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