Spotting N.Y.C. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly as I arrived at the Grand Hyatt for the October 28 Federal Enforcement Homeland Security Foundation Gala, I felt very safe.
Petite sexpert, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, perennial photo-op magnet and a former sniper in Israel’s 1948 War of Independence, managed to be photographed with Federal enforcement groupings that included some very tall members of the U.S. Customs and Borders Protection, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, former First Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Tom Ridge as well Patriot Award recipient John Catsimatidis CEO of The Red Apple Group and actor Stephen Baldwin.
Richard Kendall founder and CEO of the three-year old foundation told the 600 strong assemblage: “Our core mission is that when a federal agent is tragically killed in the line of duty, our foundation provides immediate grants—often within 24 hours—cutting through red tape and helping people the moment they need help—because we are family.”
Introducing Lifetime Achievement Award recipient former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, former governor of Pennsylvania Tom Ridge recalled that when he was First Secretary of Homeland Security “I had a portrait made. A former cabinet secretary told me, ‘that’s what happens to you when you are in public service — first they paint you in a corner, then they frame you, and then they hang you.’”